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’.
RGU released a statement regarding the revocation, claiming that Trump’s views are ‘wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university’.
New statement about Donald Trump's honorary degree: pic.twitter.com/mMJt9qXNOv
— RobertGordonUni (@RobertGordonUni) December 9, 2015
Students have since taken to Twitter to praise the university’s decision and demonstrate their continued dissatisfaction with Donald Trump’s approach to creating a peaceful, international society.
@RobertGordonUni Congratulations on doing absolutely the right thing.
— Neil Gray (@nuttyneil99) December 9, 2015
@RobertGordonUni 👏👏👏👏👏👏🎉 Well done, the only decent option. 👍
— Elizabeth (@Tracey94249526) December 9, 2015
glad that @RobertGordonUni have decided to revoke Donald Trump's honorary degree.
— Liam Fordyce (@LiamFordyce) December 9, 2015
So glad that RGU stripped Donald Trump's honorary degree from him, he's an ignorant and hate spreading bastard.
— Lisa (@villaintines) December 9, 2015
Glad @RobertGordonUni have revoked Donald Trump's honorary degree, right decision
— Amy Wells (@amy_wells1) December 9, 2015
@RobertGordonUni I am very proud to be a student at RGU, thank you and well done.
— Ahmed Baghdadi (@A_Baghdadi) December 9, 2015
@RobertGordonUni Well done for making this decision and sending the clear message that hate-filled rhetoric has no place in our society.
— BUBO Lad (@bubobilly) December 9, 2015