“Middlebury College has made the decision to revoke the honorary degree it presented to presidential attorney Rudolph Giuliani in 2005, and has communicated this to Mr. Giuliani’s office,” the school said in a statement issued on Jan. 12.
Giuliani did not answer a request for comment.
The announcement is part of a wave of counterattacks from private entities against President Donald Trump and his associates following the president’s two-month-long objection to the outcome of the presidential election, which ended in a massive protest on Jan. 6 during which a small group of the attendees occupied in violence and stormed the U.S. Capitol. Twitter and Facebook mentioned the events when they banned the president from their platforms. A number of other large corporations severed donations to lawmakers who voted to object to the counting of slates of electoral votes cast for former Vice President Joe Biden.
The announcement follows an editorial piece by the editorial board of the campus newspaper which called for the revocation of Giuliani’s degree two days earlier.
“Giuliani spent months peddling false claims of voter fraud in an effort to subvert the results of a free and fair democratic election,” the editorial board wrote. “This attack on our democratic institutions could not be further misaligned with Middlebury’s values. ”
“A symbolic degree has nothing but symbolism to offer. It represents the acknowledgment of a college’s values embodied by individuals and their work,” the board continued. “For Middlebury to continue to bestow this honor upon Giuliani—whose actions directly endangered lives while instigating insurrection—would betray its values as an institution. To revoke it would be to fortify them.”
Giuliani managed the legal team representing Trump and his campaign in a pack of claims challenging the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, among other states. The former New York City mayor spoke in front of several state legislatures pushing them to use their Constitutional power to appoint presidential electors.
The cancellation from Middlebury comes in wake of an announcement by the New York Bar Association of analysis into removing Giuliani from its membership. The association and the school cited the remarks Giuliani made to a crowd of supporters in Washington on Jan. 6, the day a mob of several hundred protesters breached the U.S. Capitol and obstructed a joint session of Congress convened to vet and certify the Electoral College vote.
Giuliani delivered a commencement address at the school in 2005. He received an honorary degree during the same ceremony.