St. John Fisher College in New York voted to let Rudy Giuliani keep his honorary degree.
The small, private liberal arts college’s board of trustees voted on a motion Friday to rescind Giuliani’s degree. A two-thirds vote was needed to revoke the honor, but that threshold was not met, the college confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
Giuliani, who was former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney while he contested the results of the 2020 election, received the degree in 2015 for his leadership as New York City mayor during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The degree reportedly caused a stir at the time it was given, although calls to remove the honor became louder after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Giuliani has, without evidence, claimed that the election was stolen from Trump and given to President Biden because of fraud and rigged voting machines. The major voting machine company that he accused of wrongdoing launched a defamation lawsuit against him for more than $1 billion.
After the riot, hundreds of the New York college’s former and current students signed a petition to revoke his degree in light of his remarks on Jan. 6 and for his continued claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
St. John Fisher College provided the Washington Examiner a statement that deliberations about the degree were “extensive” and that “no further action” will be taken after the vote.
“The College prides itself on respecting the opinions expressed by all inside and outside of the Fisher community. The matter of rescinding an honorary degree is within the purview of the College’s Board of Trustees, as is the authority to grant the distinction,” the statement read. “After extensive Board deliberations, the Board today voted on whether to rescind the honorary degree.”
Author: Zachary Halaschak
Source: Washington Examiner: Giuliani to keep honorary degree after New York college votes to not rescind it