NORTHWESTERN University has retracted the Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree they awarded Bill Cosby when he gave the school’s commencement speech in 1997.
Northwestern University is the latest school to disentangle themselves from the disgraced comedian’s legacy.
According to a news release from Northwestern, their board of trustees had waited until the end of Cosby’s trial to make the decision, which concluded in late April with the comedian being found guilty of three felony counts related to his sexual assault of then-Temple University women’s basketball director Andrea Constand. Their decision to do so marks the first time the school has revoked an honorary degree since it was founded in 1851. Meanwhile, Cosby is currently awaiting sentencing for his crimes in September, for which he could receive up to 30 years in prison.