Harvard Does Not Plan To Give Degrees To Gays Expelled In 1920

By Denise Lavoie, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Despite a push by a group of students and faculty, Harvard does not plan to award posthumous degrees to seven students expelled from the Ivy League school in 1920 because they were gay or perceived to be gay.

A spokesman for Harvard says the university does not award posthumous degrees except in the rare case of a student who completes academic requirements but dies before the degree has been conferred.

The spokesman said Harvard expressed its “deep regret” in 2002 for the anguish experienced by the students and their families almost a century ago.

A rally to push for the posthumous degrees is planned Wednesday during a campus visit by Lady Gaga, who will be at Harvard to launch her Born This Way anti-bullying foundation.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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