Tyra Banks, Harvard “Alumna”


So Tyra Banks has now completed a program at Harvard University. Back a year ago I wrote that the model was enrolled in Harvard’s fake business school, the Executive Education program.

Now, according to an article by Sarah Anne Hughes in the Washington Post, she’s done. Hughes:

The supermodel turned TV host/production company founder received her diploma from Harvard University’s Executive Education Owner/President Manager Program on Feb. 17. Those enrolled attend one three-week session, which currently cost $33,000 a pop, per year for three years.

This diploma is really more like a certificate of attendance at a very, very expensive conference. The Executive Education program does not actually offer a degree. According to Hughes:

Although Banks didn’t earn a master’s or doctoral degree from Harvard, she will still receive alumnus status, according to the university’s site. The Owner/President Manager Program is designed for “CEOs, COOs, presidents, and managing directors of companies with annual sales of at least $5 million.”

It’s probably best for Banks to avoid mentioning that “alumnus status” in the presence of a real Harvard graduate, however. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer