Paine College not revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary degree after conviction

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Paine College has said it will not join the more than two dozen schools that have rescinded honorary degrees given to Bill Cosby for his work on behalf of higher education. Boston College became the latest the rescind its degree Friday.

Over several decades, dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. And for several decades, none of those accusations was confirmed in a courtroom, until Thursday.

Cosby has said he will appeal the guilty verdict.

Many have had conflicting feelings about the trailblazing TV star in the wake of accusations against him.

NewsChannel 6 asked people near Paine College in Augusta what they thought. We spoke with about half a dozen people, and not a single person told us they thought his honorary degree from the school should be revoked. Many of them defended Cosby.

“I feel like it’s the right thing for them not to revoke it,” said Paine College student Deismon Arnold.

Other people people we talked to agreed with the college’s decision and defended Cosby.

“I mean I believe what happened in the past should stay in the past,” said Glenda Rolland. “That’s sad about Bill Cosby.”

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