Notre Dame rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame announced it has rescinded Bill Cosby's honorary degree as a result of his conviction on three counts of indecent assault, President Rev. John I. Jenkins announced Thursday afternoon.
Cosby, 80, was convicted Thursday for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.
Cosby's honorary degree was given by the university in 1990.
The university waited until the outcome of the trial before making the decision.
President Jenkins' full statement:
“As a result of his conviction today on three felony charges in a sexual assault, the University of Notre Dame has rescinded the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1990. While certainly troubled by serious, public accusations made by multiple women against him, the University elected to wait until due process had been afforded the accused, and a verdict delivered, before rescinding the honor.”
Temple and Carnegie Mellon University also rescinded honorary degrees given to Cosby years ago.