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Statement on Bill Cosby's honorary degree

The following is a statement from the William & Mary Board of Visitors on action Aug. 10, 2018 to rescind the honorary Master of Arts Degrees awarded to William H. Cosby, Jr. on May 16, 1993. - Ed.

The William & Mary Board of Visitors voted today to rescind the honorary Master of Arts degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1993. Since that degree was bestowed, information came to light and was confirmed that Mr. Cosby engaged in abhorrent conduct antithetical to our university’s core values. Mr. Cosby was afforded due process and has now been criminally convicted in a court of law.

The Board of Visitors, in conjunction with the university administration, is committed to both the elimination of sexual violence and the adherence to due process. We affirm that commitment with our action today.