Arizona State University has decided not to award President Barack Obama an honorary degree when he delivers the commencement address there on May 13, citing his lack of “lifetime achievement.”
An honorary degree is “normally awarded to someone who has been in their field for some time,” university spokeswoman Sharon Keeler told Politico.
“Considering that the president is at the beginning of his presidency, his body of work is just beginning.”
Keeler said one university committee invites speakers and a different committee votes on who will receive an honorary degree. Customarily the honorary degree committee acts first, but in Obama’s case he was invited without that committee selecting him.
Obama will receive an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame when he speaks at the Catholic school’s commencement on May 17.
On April 5, hundreds of anti-abortion advocates protested on the Notre Dame campus against the school's decision to award the degree to Obama.
Speakers at the rally called for the honorary degree to be rescinded because Obama's stances on abortion and stem cell research are counter to Roman Catholic teachings.
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