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UPenn Archives Disprove Donald Trump's Claims Of Graduating Top Of His Class


Donald Trump has been vocal about reminding people about his intelligence and his educational achievements. However, archived records from the University of Pennsylvania proved otherwise.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that President Donald Trump graduated from Wharton in 1968. Trump has been criticized for allowing several media outlets to report about how he graduated first in his class at Wharton.

Records at the University of Pennsylvania and even the classmates of the president dispute his claim. In Oct. 1968, The Daily Pennsylvanian published a list of 56 students who were able to get in the Wharton Dean's List that year. Trump's name was nowhere to be found.

University of Pennsylvania's archived record of the 1968 Commencement Program showed no indication that Trump graduated with honors. The program listed 20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients and two summa cum laude recipients - none of whom were Donald J. Trump.

There are 366 graduates who were awarded their diplomas in 1968 while 56 students were on the Dean's List. With Donald Trump's absence from the list, it is implied that he may not have been as outstanding academically.

UPenn spokesperson Ron Ozio said that the higher education institution is not allowed to release the academic records of alumni. The details that can be made public are the graduation date, degree and major.

According to Essence, the University of Pennsylvania verified the list. It is also similar to the list of the 1968 graduating class which was shared on social media last year.

Donald Trump went to Fordham University for two years before transferring to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in May 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Speaking to New York Daily News last 2015, Nancy Hano, who went to Wharton at the same time as Trump, noted that she does not remember him being first in the class. She added that the president should show his transcript if he claims to have graduated first in the class.

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