Obama may finally get Arizona State University’s honorary degreeApril 11th, 2009 - 11:51 am ICT by ANI
Washington, April 11 (ANI): Barack Obama may finally receive Arizona State University’s honorary degree after the institution’s president hinted that they were reconsidering their honour plans for the US President.
The school had drawn many frowns after deciding against conferring the honour upon Obama, saying his “body of work is yet to come”.
Though a formal decision was yet to be reached, Michael M. Crow, the ASU president, allegedly suggested that Obama would be honoured in “every way possible” when he delivers his commencement address at Notre Dame on May 13.
“There was no intended slight. We had not yet talked about what honors we might give him as our commencement speaker, and we still have a month to work all that out,” the Politico quoted Crow as saying.
“We don’t want anyone to think we do not recognize what he has achieved and what he means in America,” he added.
He explained: “(ASU hasn’t ) had a commencement speaker in over 30 years, so this is a big deal for us.
“Typically, the university’s policy relative to honorary degrees has been that people who are sitting politicians, we don’t given an honorary degree.
“It’s kind of a local thing. We’ve gotten a huge reaction from a lot of folks as if some decision was made not to give him one. Far from it.” (ANI)