When Is A Stanford Degree Not A Stanford Degree?

from the when-you-lie-about-it dept

When you’re running a company getting a ton of publicity, it’s probably not the smartest thing to say that you have a computer science degree from Stanford when you don’t. It also looks bad after you’ve been discovered to say that it was simply a “clerical error” when that clerical error appeard on your website and in all the promotional materials the company sent out. You would also think that somewhere in the course of this “clerical error” being mentioned in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Forbes, and Time you would stop to correct the misimpression. Then again, when you’re building a big internet company who has time for the little unimportant things like facts?

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u2604ab says:

Not the first time

Robert X Cringley, a “best-selling author, PBS television personality and Silicon Valley pundit
” also attended Stanford but falsely claimed having completed a PhD.

Hmmm…. I wonder how many people do this and don’t eventually get caught? Stanford does let any student participate in the graduation ceremony as early and often as any student wants to– it wouldn’t be so hard to fool your family and friends, then, into thinking you’d graduated.

Duffman says:

Eerily familiar

I find this kind of familiar, as my university just discovered that a prof that was here for 2-1/2 years with no degree – not even a bachelor’s! Luckily I didn’t have any classes with her. Anyway, it really is getting to be these days that people don’t question the validity of a ‘big’ degree, whether it be a PhD (my case), or a degree from Stanford. Hopefully this isn’t a developing trend (not checking references, just accepting what people say), though I like to think I can take people for their word.

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