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Tufts University rescinds Lance Armstrong's honorary degree

Posted by Andrew Tran  November 21, 2012 10:24 AM

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Armstrong joked during his 2006 speech at Tufts that he would try to win an 8th Tour de France. Then he parted his robe to reveal a Tufts University team cycling jersey beneath. (Mark Wilson/Globe Staff)

The Board of Trustees at Tufts University unanimously voted to rescind the honorary degree it conferred upon Lance Armstrong at a graduation commencement in 2006, a university spokesperson said Wednesday.

"While continuing to respect the significant work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the board concluded that, in the wake of the recent report of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its acceptance by the International Cycling Union, Mr. Armstrong's actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of the University," said Kimberly Thurler, director of public relations at Tufts in a statement.

Tufts is the latest organization to distance itself from the cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong refused to cooperate with the U.S. Anti-doping agency investigating evidence of performance-enhancing drugs.

Earlier this month, Armstrong's cancer charity formally dropped his name to be known formally as the Livestrong Foundation. Previously, Armstrong resigned from the charity's board of directors and stepped down as chairman.

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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