Robert MugabeUniversity of Massachusetts

Revokes honorary degree

12 Jun, 2008

The University of Massachusetts rescinds Mugabe’s honorary degree, the first time it has revoked an honorary degree in its 145-year history.

Rescinding an honorary degree is a step to be taken in only the rarest and most grievous of circumstances…Robert Mugabe’s performance and policies in Zimbabwe are so egregious as to warrant this ultimate expression of disapproval…In 1986, Robert Mugabe appeared to represent the hope of a self-determined Africa. We have now learned, however, that the promise we saw in 1986 was false.

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