Can You Dishonor an Honorary Degree?

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Despite many violent deaths attributed to his regime, Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe still holds the honorary degree he got from the University of Massachusetts in 1986, the Daily Collegian reports. "UMass President Jack Wilson has acknowledged that stripping Mugabe of his degree is not out of the question, but almost no real action has been taken in the 20 years since the degree was given," the paper writes. Last semester, a Zimbabwean student at UMass-Boston started a petition that called for the revocation of the degree, to no effect yet. Mugabe received the degree, an honorary doctorate of law, for his work "to establish racial harmony between blacks and whites" one year before he became president of Zimbabwe.