Tufts U. Takes Back Lance Armstrong’s Honorary Degree

The university’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rescind the honorary degree the cyclist received when he spoke at a 2006 commencement ceremony, concluding that Mr. Armstrong’s “actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of the university,” a Tufts spokeswoman said in a written statement on Wednesday. The move makes Tufts the latest organization to distance itself from Mr. Armstrong, who refused to cooperate with an anti-doping agency’s inquiry regarding performance-enhancing drugs and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

At the 2006 commencement, Armstrong spoke of his battle against testicular cancer and his struggle with returning to cycling before competing in the Tour de France.

“For a guy who barely made it out of high school, I find it incredibly ironic that I am standing up here as a doctor,” Armstrong said during his speech. “I would just ask that somebody send the photos to the principal at Plano East Senior High and let them know that I, in fact, graduated from Tufts and he has to call me Dr. Armstrong now.”

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