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Alec Baldwin on Short List for Honorary Doctorate at GWU

Alec Baldwin is on the short list to receive an honorary doctorate from George Washington University next spring, The College Fix has learned.

Baldwin’s candidacy has been officially approved by a vote of the university’s board of trustees, according to the GW Hatchet, which broke the news of the actor’s candidacy.

The award-winning actor, who is sometimes more well known for his off-screen antics than his filmography and who recently debuted a weekly talk show on MSNBC, is among a handful of contenders for the award.

In an interview with The College Fix, Michelle Stone, executive director of communications for George Washington University, declined to reveal who nominated the actor, or why.

“Unfortunately we do not comment on nominees or the process,” she stated in an email.

Typically, administrators, faculty and trustees are the ones who nominate people for consideration. The board of trustees then votes on each nominee. University President Steven Knapp will make the final decision on whether to award Baldwin an honorary doctorate.

In recent years, GWU has awarded honorary degrees to a host of prominent liberals, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, First Lady Michelle Obama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond. Each was awarded an honorary “doctorate of public service.”

The Hatchet reports that nominees must meet two of three criteria: have some sort of connection to the Washington D.C.-based private university; have distinguished themselves professionally; and/or shown a commitment to public service.

Baldwin attended George Washington University in the mid-1970s, ran unsuccessfully for student body president, and eventually transferred to New York University.

While the actor is a potential candidate, it is not a done deal. One GWU student told The College Fix “it’s like Putin being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – he is in the running but it doesn’t mean he’ll win the title.”

At least one student has publicly stated Baldwin should not be considered because of his infamous off-screen rants, and said if the actor gets the nod it’s likely a publicity stunt by campus administrators.

Baldwin came under scrutiny recently after he posted a series of profane Tweets, riddled with gay slurs, directed at journalist George Stark. “You lying little b–ch, I am gonna f–k you up,” Baldwin wrote. “I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f–k… you… up,” he added, among other threats and insults.

This year, Baldwin is among nominees such as Jane Goodall and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Hatchet reports.

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  • AZSchumi

    I guess Hitler, Stalin and Mao were out since they couldn’t accept in person….

  • migtex1234


  • Beiletti

    What else would you expect from a liberal institution?????? It sure isn’t common sense!!!!!!

  • Franklancer

    So George Washington U is going to start giving out honorary doctorates in Batshit Crazy?

  • Fiala

    I think she said that wrong. It should be “Fortunately” they don’t comment on the nomination process. That way they don’t look like a bunch of fools until the selection process is complete.

  • Danger McBacon

    Past recipients include Bloomberg, Moochelle and that fairy Emmanuel. Nuff said.

  • That

    “Doctor” of what exactly? Douche-bagged-ness?

  • Topazinator

    It’s time to begin making fun of George Washington University and its hijacking of a patriotic name entirely inconsistent with its idiocies.

  • KCGranny

    Will it be for the most racist and angry celeb?

  • RD

    Add Samuel Jackson to Capital One-what on earth are they thinking??

  • Gstephens

    Wouldn’t this raise the prestige of GWU? (sarcasm intended) Aren’t these things normally handed out to distinguished people of accomplishment? Am I missing something? How does any Baldwin fit this bill?

  • JWales

    looks like honorary doctorates don’t mean much…of course many high school degrees coming out of urban govt schools likewise are based on regurgitating the “proper” ideology rather than knowledge of math, science, etc and don’t mean much…a Leftist thing

  • SilverState

    A Ph. D. in A-Hole-ish.

  • shooter 1

    Honorary Doctorate? Really? I shall grant an honorary ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐ as well… mine certainly holds more value.

  • Not Chicken Little

    GWU is scraping the bottom of the barrel – the administration must have a deeply held desire to destroy their “brand”! “Higher education”, indeed – what a joke. And the joke is on all of us, especially those who pay the grossly inflated tuition.

    I am offended by their name and want them to change it. “George Washington” is waaaaaay too good for them. They could change it to Clown University, it would be more fitting.

  • roccotool

    What a freaking great idea, to honor a man who insults and bullies his own daughter.

  • AdamsParachute

    he is a rude thoughtless little pig

  • HAHAHAAAAAA!!! F33k Ivy League Universities in today’s America. Completely corrupt.

  • Jack

    How can I earn a degree from this prestigious university?

    • obowmasbananarepublic

      Bomb a few government agencies, curse out a few gay people, abuse your children and suck Obama off daily. That should do it!!!

  • He is exactly what Liberals are: nice on screen, but just terrible hypocrites in life. Bigots racists and homo-haters all, they project their stuff on everyone else, especially “the right”…with sanctimonious anger and energy…ever wonder where that comes from? Certtainly not from righteousness…it comes from self hatred and knowing you ARE what you call others all the time. Remember that old saw ” Methinks ye protest too much..”? Bingo

  • John Long

    Conservative students should do to him what leftists did to kelly if he speaks

  • ravencon

    Would that be an honorary doctorate in family therapy?

  • David Masada

    Is that a joke? The guy is as smart as a mentally challenged horse!

  • Joe

    WOW! JUST WOW! Reward a perverted sick bastard who called his own daughter a pig? Higher education is no longer relevant.

  • Chris .

    Leave it to the Libs to honor this jerkwad.

  • biglou15

    Rumor has it that George Washington is petitioning to have his name removed from the university and replace it with ‘Boy George University’.

  • jabusse

    you gottum money we gottum degree.

  • Brian washere

    You are a dirty little pig… Yup, that’s class…

  • azdiamondbax

    He’s just a big bag of punchableness.

  • QuestionItAgain

    Why are the illuminatti putting this guy up as the new rising star? He’s a shill.

  • randyo99

    Dr. of SFB. It’s all he qualifies for. Well, Dr. of getting kicked off planes if there is such a thing.

  • BruddahNui

    This is one way to degrade your own university. Every time I get a Capital One pre-authorized offer it goes directly to the shredder.

  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    And let’s award Al Gore another award for inventing the Internet, why don’t we?

    Baldwin should get an honorary doctorate for bloviating and being a pompous ass and punching photographers.

    Just like the Academy Awards: liberals awarding awards to liberals…

  • Jesse

    Anyone who believes our colleges are not breeding grounds for the hatred of America and the Constitution are in denial. Our country is in serious trouble people. WAKE THE HELL UP.

  • violetvirginia

    What has happened to our University system, that they opt to honor people who are base and ignorant? Is being civilized out? Must be.
    GW should be ashamed.
    Higher education is not worth the money they charge, to show the way to the garbage can.

  • funkybro

    For what??? Just a little more evidence of our continued slide as a nation.

  • Steelyal

    If GWU awards Baldwin anything they get the DFAFTA award. I can’t reveal that award lol. On his award would say Abuser of Humanity !!!

  • Steelyal

    Fire in my driveway !!! Ohhh its my wife burning her Capital One Card. Yesssss

  • SoCalJeanne

    I’m afraid we can’t sink any lower. Our most prestigious universities have become no more than jokes. Shame on us.

  • GeneralDrake

    Doctorate…in What?!! PhD – Presenting Hypocritical DEMpoints?

  • suibneg

    ….alec..in the words of benj button’s mom…..”be careful, ya never know what’s comin fer ya.”

  • MsContrary

    He’s going to run for some office in 2016. The question is where? Poor voters wherever that may be. Watch for a book to be published next. Book, t.v. host, honorary degree. That’s the pattern for office seekers. Needs to add “gravitas”. Yeah, right.

  • Bill

    Doctor of Liars and Hypocrites.

  • Wild Hog

    I guess that’s supposed to give him some shred of credibility because he has a show on MSNBC? He doesn’t need credibility to host an MSNBC show. They don’t have an either.

  • rickmcinnis

    I am certain George Washington is wishing he could refuse the “honor” of having this collection of buildings named after him.

    What an insult to a great man.

  • Steelyal

    Alex Baldwin is a Poster Child for the Progressives. Child Abuse is OK.

  • Steelyal

    A Good Question !!! When will Lois Lerner be Perpwalked To Prison ??? Along with Pelosi, Reid, Obama , Holder and Schumer.

  • Tronholio

    The only Doctorate he should get is the Doctor of Douchabaggery.

  • Steelyal

    How much does tuition go up??? Napolitano like all Progressives has no clue on debt.

  • cccdude

    The only University that would consider giving baldwin anything is the University of dumba$$es. Nailed it.

  • carlaannhogan

    This was the best laugh I’ve had for weeks. DOCTOR Baldwin? Hee-hee-hee………

  • bigtom

    If they award anything to this jerk, they will lose all credibility and respect. Baldwin is a raving idiot and left wing wacko.

  • Steelyal

    Not that Obama is a scumbag for not going to Gettysburg, but if you have stood on the site where Lincoln spoke the address, then yes Obama is a scumbag.

  • itsclose

    Today’s colleges are the halls of stupidity and ignorance.

  • okaayfine

    Lot’s of lame libby’s out there, but Alec Baldwin is the biggest douche bag on the planet. George Washington U., this makes you look simply foolish

  • Jack

    I hope these people come to their senses. Baldwin is a douche.

  • larrybudwiser

    Maybe he could teach “Racism, Homophobic Slurs and Woman Abuse is wrong, But it’s always worked for me…”

  • DrColostomy

    He could teach a class on how to abuse little girls, like he did his 9 year old daughter. What a piece of cowardly garbage….like most democrats.

  • Awkins

    Just for being an idiotic liberal, no doubt.

  • Rockit_Man

    Let’s see…he’s violent, homophobic, unbalanced…gee, I can’t imagine why GW wouldn’t want to attach themselves to that mental anchor. /sarcasm

  • BobL

    Well parents…..This should be the only reason you need, not to send your child to this depraved university.

  • lamigra

    This speaks volumes about the quality of leadership at GWU. Do not text while driving.

  • Sally Turnip

    Hell, just give him a Nobel Peace Prize. That’s usually the first step with these Libtards.

  • Stan

    Hilarious! I’ve been laughing a lot lately. You libs take yourselves way too seriously but don’t stop please.
    Perhaps Janet Napolitano needs a doctorate for her new position in the Kalifornia university system too. May I suggest proctology, she has experience.
    Yosemite Sam can make the presentations.