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Temple University revokes Cosby’s honorary degree

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Temple University on Friday revoked the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby more than two decades ago after the actor was found guilty on three counts of aggravated sexual assault

The Associated Press reported that the university had revoked Cosby’s degree. Earlier on Friday, a spokesman for the school told the AP that Thursday’s verdict “provides additional facts for the university to consider” surrounding Cosby’s degree.

A number of schools including Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon University announced on Thursday they would rescind Cosby’s honorary degrees following the guilty verdict.

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Boston College will not rescind his degree with a university spokesman noting to The Boston Globe, “As a matter of policy, we do not rescind honorary degrees.” 

Cosby, who received his bachelor’s from Temple, rarely attended a board meeting at the school, according to the AP, but was a regular attendee at university sporting events and was the public face of the university for years.

On Thursday, the former megastar was found guilty on three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who is just one of a number of women who have come forward with accusations of sexual abuse surrounding Cosby.

Lawyers for Cosby called Constand a “con artist” during his trial even as five other women who have accused Cosby testified.

Even before Thursday’s decision, more than 20 other U.S. institutions of higher education had revoked various honorary degrees granted to the Emmy winner once thought of as “America’s dad” and star of the hit series “The Cosby Show.”

Cosby’s trial is the first celebrity trial of the “Me Too” era, following a national movement of sexual assault victims speaking up and accusing powerful men in many industries of sexual misconduct.

Dozens of high-profile careers have ended as a result of new allegations coming forward, but Cosby is the first celebrity to face criminal charges for his conduct.

Updated at 2:04 p.m.

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