In the wake of the scandal surrounding monologuist Mike Daisey (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, see here), Cornish College of the Arts says it no longer plans to award him an honorary degree and he will not be giving this year's commencement address as was planned. From a statement the college has just released:
Mike Daisey will not participate in the 2012 Commencement ceremony at Cornish College of the Arts. Mr. Daisey has acknowledged that he personally did not witness all the events that he said he did, and he exaggerated the level of his own experiences to journalists.
Since its founding by Nellie Cornish in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts has educated and prepared students to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. One essential principle of that education is the importance of professional integrity. Because of that foundational value, Cornish will not award an honorary degree to Mr. Daisey. Cornish and Mr. Daisey have mutually agreed he will withdraw from commencement. Commencement is the day when we honor our students for their achievements; the focus of this day is properly on the students and their families.
Daisey's statement, in which he says he offered to withdraw from the commencement weeks ago, is here.