Claflin latest HBCU to strip Bill Cosby of honorary degree

The University reverses course on earlier position.


The downfall of Bill Cosby continues. The Claflin University Board of Trustees has voted to rescind the honorary doctoral degree it gave to the TV star according to the Times and Democrat newspaper.

In an official statement, the university said Cosby’s conduct was “inconsistent with university values.”

“Claflin University Board of Trustees voted to revoke the honorary doctoral degree it conferred to William (Bill) Cosby in 1999 during its summer meeting on June 22, 2018. The Board’s decision followed Mr. Cosby’s conviction of sexual assault. According to the Board, Mr. Cosby’s conduct was inconsistent with University values.”

Claflin was originally on the record earlier this year stating that they had “no policy to rescind honorary degrees.”

Cosby spoke at Claflin’s 1999 commencement ceremony and attended the university’s 2014 Visionary Leadership Gala.

According to the report, other HBCUs have already rescinded honorary degrees awarded to Cosby, including North Carolina A&T State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Howard University, Hampton University and Dillard University.

Overall more than 50 colleges and universities have rescinded honorary degrees they awarded Cosby.

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