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The honchos at Arizona State University sure know how to get people fired up. First, they invited President Barack Obama to be the commencement speaker May 13, and then they decided not to award him an honorary degree, as is customary at these ceremonies. The rationale? “His body of work is yet to come,” reports Not to worry, says Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini, who agrees that the university “blew it,” however unintentionally. Obama will get an ASU diploma after all; it will just have somebody else’s name on it. A 1970s graduate informed Montini that she mailed the president her own diploma because she was so “embarrassed and insulted that the university has said that President Obama is not worthy of an honorary degree.” The woman also wrote Arizona State president Michael Crow that the university had made itself a “laughingstock.”

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