The honorary degree awarded to President Donald Trump was revoked by Wagner College, a private school in the New York borough of Staten Island.
This comes after the same degree awarded to Trump in 1988 was also revoked by Lehigh University, a private school in Pennsylvania.
Since his supporters vandalized the Capitol and interrupted Congress during Wednesday’s certification of the Electoral College count, individuals such as cabinet secretaries and institutions have distanced themselves from Trump.
According to a statement from the school, a Lehigh Board of Trustees committee voted to strip the degree on Thursday, January 7, followed by the full board on Friday, January 8.
On the other side, in a special session, Wagner’s trustees met to review the honorary degree awarded to Trump in 2004 and voted to revoke it. A declaration shared by the school read;
“The Wagner College Board of Trustees met in a special session to review the honorary degree granted to Donald J. Trump in 2004. Today, the board voted to rescind that degree.”
That year, Trump spoke at graduation school, and appeared at school with First Lady Melania Trump, who at that time was his fiancee. In the first season of “The Apprentice,” the president was at the height of his fame and was well-received.
Trump was also awarded degrees from Liberty University, the school he started speaking at in 2017, and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, which rescinded the degree in 2015 in the midst of an outcry over Trump’s remarks barring Muslims from entering the United States.