When I read this news item: Italian Official Bans Honorary Degrees, Saying Celebrity Recipients Bring Dishonor
Citing the need to protect the “prestige” of Italy’s university system, the country’s higher-education minister, Fabio Mussi, ordered its 66 public universities on Wednesday to stop granting honorary degrees for the rest of the year.
I wished the UK would do it too.
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty has been given an honorary degree for her handling of the Big Brother race row.
The Indian actress, 32, was awarded a doctorate of arts by Leeds Metropolitan University for her “dignity and poise”.
“I can see the pride in her eyes because she’s always wanted me to graduate.”