Lance Armstrong’s Honorary Degree Rescinded By Tufts University
The hits just keep coming for Lance Armstrong. The disgraced cyclist had his honorary degree rescinded today by Tufts University.
According to USA Today, the university’s trustees voted unanimously to rescind the honorary degree. Armstrong received the doctor of humane letters from the university in 2006.
During his commencement speech, Armstrong talked to the graduates about his battle with cancer and urged the 2006 class to fight for a cure.
“Be active. Be involved. Be heard. Be aggressive. Be smart. Don’t be afraid.”
The university said that they decided to take back the degree since Armstrong’s actions were not “consistent with the values of the university.”
Kimberly M. Thurler, director of public relations at Tufts, told The Weekly Standard:
“The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind the honorary degree awarded to Lance Armstrong at Commencement in 2006 … While continuing to respect the significant work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the board concluded that, in the wake of the recent report of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its acceptance by the International Cycling Union, Mr. Armstrong’s actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of Tufts University.”
Armstrong was recently stripped of all seven of his Tour De France titles. He was also forced to step down from his Livestrong Foundation.
During his speech at Tufts in 2006,