No posthumous degree for expelled Harvard gay students

Harvard University isn't backing down – and neither is Their Day in the Yard, writes Ricardo Lopez for The Los Angeles Times. The group of Harvard students, alumni and faculty has been urging the Ivy League school to award honorary posthumous degrees to seven students expelled more than 90 years ago for being gay or for being perceived as gay.

On Tuesday last week, the university rejected the request, the Associated Press reported. Harvard said it did not typically award posthumous degrees except in the rare case of a student who completed academic requirements but died before the degree had been conferred, a spokesperson told AP.

A message left with a school spokesperson by The Times last Tuesday was not immediately returned. But the university's decision did not deter Their Day in the Yard, which planned to present Harvard President Drew Faust with a petition making its case. So far, the group has collected almost 3,000 signatures.
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