Comedian, Writer, Philanthropist
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Bill Cosby is one of America's best-known and best-loved public figures through his work as a performer, humorist, writer, philanthropist and humanitarian. As the star of one of the most popular television series in recent history and the recipient of numerous honors and accolades from both the public and his peers, Mr. Cosby has gained the kind of fame that is reserved for a few exceptionally gifted individuals.
More importantly, Mr. Cosby has employed his success to help so many others in need and to advance the cause of civil and human rights. Through his television portrayals, he has shattered stereotypes and promoted the importance of the family and education. And, quite contrary to what the American public has come to expect from prime-time television, his television series has imparted social values that foster understanding, harmony and copperation among people. The country also has learned much about the cultures, experiences and customs of various groups that comprise our society from the characters who have been a part of his television family.
In addition to his television success, Mr. Cosby has achieved significant stature through his motion pictures and recordings, and through his authorship of several best-selling books. He has also succeeded in the academic world, having received his M.A. degree from Temple University in 1972, and his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. He has been a strong supporter and advocate for higher education to the benefit of all our colleges and universities.
In recongition of his many contributions to the world of entertainment, his work in advancing the humanitarian ideals of our society, and his lifelong dedication to supporting education, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona are proud to confer upon Bill Cosby the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.