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Fontbonne University Rescinds Offer to Mortenson

ST. LOUIS — Fontbonne University has decided to rescind its prior invitation to Greg Mortenson to serve as the May 2011 commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree. This action was taken following recent allegations regarding Greg Mortenson's book and foundation, the university’s inability to reach Mr. Mortenson to discuss the matter, a Faculty General Assembly vote to rescind faculty approval of an honorary degree, and the Student Government support of the faculty vote.

“The purpose of our commencement is to honor Fontbonne graduates,” said Dr. Dennis Golden, Fontbonne president. “We want to focus on their achievements and accomplishments.”