In a terse one-line statement yesterday, Middlebury College revoked the honorary degree it bestowed on former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2005. The small liberal arts college in Vermont said it communicated the news to Giuliani, a longtime confidant of the president. Trump who has been on Trump’s personal legal team since 2018.
In a message posted to Middlebury’s Facebook page on Monday, President Laurie L. Patton said the college was considering revoking the degree in light of Giuliani’s role “in instigating the violent uprising against our nation’s Capitol building. January 6, 2021. insurgency against democracy itself. During the protest that morning, Giuliani repeated false statements about electoral fraud and encouraged the president’s supporters to be violent. “Let’s do a trial by fight,” he said.
Colleges frequently award honorary degrees with the aim of attracting high-level lecturers. In the 1980s, Giuliani had a distinguished career as a United States District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he successfully prosecuted Mafia bosses. But as mayor of New York City from 1994-2001, his reputation was battered until the 9.11 attack on the World Trade Center, when he became an executive. He left office with a halo of popularity and was still well regarded when he spoke at the start of Middlebury in 2005.
The decision to revoke a degree often involves a long debate. In 2018, after President Trump called Haiti and African nations a “shitty country,” faculty members at Lehigh University, a 7,000-student research university in Bethlehem, Pa., Wanted to take him away from him. the diploma she had awarded 30 years earlier. . But the school administrators decided not to act.
However, two days after the attack on Capitol Hill, Lehigh administrators revoked Trump’s diploma with a brief statement. The day before, Lehigh chairman John D. Simon condemned the attack on Twitter as “a violent assault on the foundations of our democracy,” although he did not name President Trump. On December 8, Wagner College, a small liberal arts university in Staten Island, New York, also canceled an honorary degree it awarded Trump in 2004.
In 2015, a third school, Robert Gordon University, revoked Trump’s honorary doctorate in business administration in 2010. The president of Robert Gordon, a public school in Aberdeen, Scotland, near ‘a Trump golf resort, said Trump’s remarks while campaigning for the presidency were “utterly incompatible with the ethics and values of the university.”
Liberty University, the giant evangelical school in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by the late Reverend Jerry Falwell, is the only institution yet to revoke Trump’s honorary degree.
Giuliani, a graduate of Manhattan College, an all-male private Catholic school in the Bronx, and New York University School of Law, also holds honorary degrees from Loyola University of Maryland, The Citadel, and the ‘Drexel University.
Giuliani has not commented on Middlebury’s decision.