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Boston College rescinds Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

Bill Cosby after the verdict in the retrial of his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. –DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images

Boston College on Friday rescinded the honorary degree it gave Bill Cosby more than two decades ago after the comedian was convicted of sexual assault charges by a Pennsylvania jury.

The decision marks the first time the Jesuit university has revoked an honorary degree, spokesman Jack Dunn said.

“In light of his conviction, Boston College has made the decision to rescind the honorary degree it awarded to Bill Cosby in 1996,’’ the university announced on Twitter early Friday evening.