US: Ex-Mormon calendar-maker has diploma denied

Salt Lake City's Brigham Young University has denied the diploma of a man who created a calendar featuring shirtless Mormon missionaries and was later excommunicated from the church, reports Associated Press. Chad Hardy, 31, said he would fight the institution's decision "tooth-and-nail".

Hardy, of Las Vegas, attended graduation ceremonies in August. But the previous month he had been excommunicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for conduct unbecoming - failure to pay tithing, a lapse in other religious obligations and, according to one church elder, his involvement in the 2008 Men on a Mission calendar, which featured 12 shirtless church missionaries in mostly modest poses.

In a 30 September letter Norman B Finlinson, the university's executive director of student academic and advisement services, said a non-academic hold had been placed on Hardy's record after the church-owned university learned of the excommunication.
Full report on the Associated Press site