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Boston College will not rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

Bill Cosby (center).Mark Makela/Associated Press/Pool

Boston College will not rescind an honorary degree it gave to Bill Cosby, once one of America's best-loved entertainers, after his conviction Thursday, a spokesman said.

"As a matter of policy, we do not rescind honorary degrees, which are given to individuals based on their accomplishments at the time of the award," BC spokesman Jack Dunn said.

A Pennsylvania jury Thursday found Cosby guilty of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. It was the second trial in the case. The case was the only criminal case to arise from allegations of more than 60 women who said he drugged them and molested them over a span of five decades.


Berklee College of Music, which also awarded Cosby an honorary degree, didn't immediately have a comment on its plans.

Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.