Leigh University, a private university situated in Pennsylvania has revoked the honorary degree given to the US President Donald Trump. Donald Trump had received an honorary degree from the University more than 30 years ago.
On Friday, the decision was made by the school's Board of Trustees on a brief announcement. No additional information was received, CNN reported.
In 1988, When Trump spoke at the university's commencement ceremony he received the honorary degree.
This move was called ''big deal'' by Jeremy Littau, a journalism professor at Lehigh on his Twitter.
"After FIVE years of pressure from our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the Lehigh Board of Trustees finally did the right thing and revoked Donald Trump's honorary degree," Littau wrote. "This doesn't fix everything. That it took this long despite the long list of reasons this should have been done years ago should be cause for reflection by everyone with power here. Whose interests and values have been centered in our decisions. A win today. The work continues."
After two days of the US Capitol riot, the decision was made. The riot was condemned by University President John D. Simon, who called it a "violent assault on the foundations of our democracy."
After Simon's statement, people on social media demanded to rescind Trump's honorary degree. Furthermore, multiple petitions were called for the university to rescind Trump's degree. In 2018 too, hundreds of faculty members demanded for revoking Trump's degree but Board members denied to do. This time, Board Members successfully revoked President Trump's, Honorary Degree.