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Are honorary degrees a joke since they gave one to Kermit the Frog?

thomas4881thomas4881 Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
Kermit was awarded an honorary doctorate of Amphibious Letters on May 19, 1996, at Southampton College, New York, where he also gave a commencement speech

Replies to: Are honorary degrees a joke since they gave one to Kermit the Frog?

  • zannahzannah Registered User Posts: 1,088 Senior Member
    Honorary degrees are given to persons who have a major contribution and likely coincides with speaking at a school. Sometimes the person has made a difference locally such as the school superintendent who then insisted on being addressed as doctor. Others have national reputation who brought considerable insight and commitment to everyone.

    Kermit is famous and has contributed to generations of
    children's joy, learning and laughter. Kermit was also the commencement speaker. He brings a commendable message. It isn't easy being green!

    Remember an honorary doctorate acknowledges respect for an individual or frog, but carries no academic recognition.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,702 Senior Member
    edited April 2018
    Kermit also has an honorary MBA from the University of Maryland. He is a very respected critter.
    Unlike Bill Cosby, Kermit's honorary degrees have not been revoked.
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 2,353 Senior Member
    I’m glad they honored him before he croaked. :)
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,012 Senior Member
    No one claims they did the work for the degree. It is just a nice gesture. I’d rather Kermit got one than the guy who got one for speaking st D1’s commencement — a few years later he was charged with sharing classified materials with the woman he was having an affair with with and lost his high level job in disgrace.
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