Education

UNC-CH votes to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degree

Posted May 31, 2018 7:05 a.m. EDT
Updated May 31, 2018 10:05 a.m. EDT

— The Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill decided on Thursday to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degree.

Cosby received the degree in 2003 at UNC's commencement ceremony, where he was the keynote speaker.

Chancellor Carol Folt recently requested the unprecedented move, saying the 80-year-old comedian's "acts were so counter to our campus values that this prestigious honor is no longer appropriate."

Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison aggravated indecent assault when he is sentenced in September.

In April, a jury convicted him drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee in 2004.

Immediately after Cosby's conviction, several universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame and Boston College all pulled the degrees that were awarded to Cosby through the years.