Tufts University rescinds Armstrong's honorary degree
Lance Armstrong shows off his Tufts University cycling jersey while delivering the commencement address at Tufts University 150th commencement in Somerville, Mass., in this 2006 file photo. Tufts University has rescinded Armstrong’s honorary degree over actions “inconsistent” with the school’s values. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:22PM EST
Tufts University in Massachusetts in the United States has rescinded Lance Armstrong's honorary degree.
A university spokeswoman says the school's trustees voted unanimously at their meeting this month to rescind the doctor of humane letters bestowed upon Armstrong in 2006.
During his keynote speech in which he revealed a Tufts cycling jersey beneath his academic robes, Armstrong talked about his battle with testicular cancer and the need for everyone to get involved. He told graduates: "Be active. Be involved. Be heard. Be aggressive. Be smart. Don't be afraid."
The university said Wednesday that while respecting Armstrong's cancer-fighting efforts, the board concluded his "actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of the university."
Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour De France titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency revealed evidence of performance-enhancing drug use.