Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University Has Stripped Donald Trump of His Degree
In light of Donald Trump’s recent, inflammatory comments during his US election campaign, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has revoked the honorary degree they awarded to him in 2010. The decision to strip Trump of his doctorate of business administration comes after a petition was started by Aberdeen-based campaigner Suzanne Kelly who called for action from the university to disassociate itself from the American presidential candidate and his controversial views on religion, nationality and disability.
The petition reached over 70,000 signatures before the university announced the revocation and has continued to attract support since.
Kelly’s words were met with resounding support from students and members of the public alike who agreed that ‘hate speech must not have a place in academia, in politics or on the world stage.’
Signatories commented on the petition that, aside from the fact they don’t wish for RGU to be associated with such controversial and alienating comments, they also feel it is “insulting to graduates” to hold the same title as Trump who “makes a mockery of honorary degrees” with his ‘unrepentant, persistent verbal attacks on various groups of people based on nationality, religion, race and physical abilities’.