Thousands of current students and graduates of a Pennsylvania university are petitioning the school to rescind the honorary degree it awarded President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE in 1988 after he delivered the school's commencement address.
The petition, which had passed 18,000 signatures by Friday, was created by Lehigh University alumna Kelly McCoy, 22, according to Fox News. McCoy started the petition in response to Trump's comments about the violence caused by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.
"In 2011, Lehigh faculty and students drafted the 'Principles of our Equitable Community,' a document that contains guidelines for making Lehigh a more diverse and welcoming atmosphere for its students," the petition posted on Change.org reads.
"These principles are antithetical to the behaviors and statements of Donald Trump during his presidency and on the campaign trail," it continues. "Allowing Donald Trump to retain his honorary degree represents a hollow and superficial ideological commitment from Lehigh to these principles."
The petition will be delivered to Lehigh University President John D. Simon once it reaches its goal of 25,000. If the current trend continues, it should reach its target in a few days.
That number is more than three times the size of Lehigh University's current student body, which is "nearly 7,000 students" according to the university's website.
McCoy told Fox News that she believes anyone who receives an honorary degree from Lehigh should reflect the university's values.
“As a graduate of Lehigh, I am essentially an ambassador for Lehigh as well,” McCoy told Fox News. “By holding an honorary degree, Donald Trump represents Lehigh as well. Anyone who holds this honor should reflect our values — or at least respect them.”
"It is only fair that he is held to the same standards," McCoy said.