Marquette University statement on Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

Sept. 24, 2015

Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers today sent the following letter to the campus community regarding the rescinding of Bill Cosby’s honorary degree:

Dear members of the Marquette community,

As the president and provost of Marquette University, we are writing to inform you that earlier today, we presented a resolution to the Board of Trustees to rescind the honorary degree granted to Bill Cosby in 2013. The Board approved that resolution, and the degree is rescinded immediately. Over the past several weeks, we’ve had extensive conversations with campus leaders and faculty members who showed overwhelming support for the action our board took today.

By his own admission, Mr. Cosby engaged in behaviors that go entirely against our university’s mission and the Guiding Values we have worked so hard to instill on our campus.

Every day, we live these values by challenging our students to integrate knowledge and faith into their real-life decisions in ways that will shape their lives.

With those values in mind, let us all remember that the foundations on which our great university was built remain as important today as ever.


Michael R. Lovell

Daniel J. Myers