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Has anyone, based on great performance, ever been awarded a higher degree than the one they enrolled for?

Although a bit old, there's the case of Luzin's Master's thesis: . . . he completed his thesis The integral and trigonometric series which he submitted in 1915. After his oral examination he was ...
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Has anyone, based on great performance, ever been awarded a higher degree than the one they enrolled for?

Donald Knuth: When Donald Ervin Knuth was a college student at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1950s he showed such intelligence and talent that the faculty voted to award ...
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Can public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being revoked 35 years later?

I've been working in Academia for the past ten years. The only cases of degree revocation that I am aware of were due to severe cases of academic misconduct such as plagiarism, fraud, or large-scale ...
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Dates on degrees don’t make sense – will people care?

Different countries have different conventions around the résumé / CV, and you might want very different versions of your résumé for applying for jobs in academia or industry. That said, at a general ...
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Can my university revoke my degree after it was granted due to (corporate) data having changed?

Revoking a degree is rarely done and, then, only for the most extreme reasons such as explicit dishonesty and such. Any results in any thesis are subject to revision as new information becomes ...
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Has anyone, based on great performance, ever been awarded a higher degree than the one they enrolled for?

The famous Polish mathematician, Stefan Banach, famously received his PhD in 1920 without having had a college degree. In fact, its a pretty famous story, he did not want to get any sort of degree as ...
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Is this Stanford certificate real?

I see several red flags. On Stanford's website, there is a Department of Philosophy and a Department of Religious Studies. There is no "Department of Philosophy in Religious Studies". Even ...
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Dates on degrees don’t make sense – will people care?

I suggest you list the years you were studying/enrolled, not the years degrees were conferred, i.e., 2015–2017 Master’s, Second Grade, Second University. 2012–2015 Bachelor’s, First Grade, ...
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Is it reasonable to have concerns about the recognition of Russian degrees given the war in Ukraine?

Disclaimer: I did my BSc, MSc and PhD in Russia and I was Russian citizen from birth up until 2020. You ask about the recognition of degrees, and thus your question sounds as if it was about the ...
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Can public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being revoked 35 years later?

I sit on our university's Senate which is the body that would have to deliberate a degree revocation. Even a straight-forward case of plagiarism in a degree requires a long, drawn-out and surprisingly ...
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Can I claim to have completed my degree on my résumé, prior to convocating and receiving the physical diploma?

You can use the formulation Degree to be conferred MM/YYYY to indicate that you have passed all degree requirements, but are waiting for the degree to be officially awarded. This occurs fairly ...
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What do "minor" and "major" mean (in relation to degrees)?

In the US, your "major" is the thing you have your bachelor's degree in. "I have a BS in Biology" means the same as "I majored in Biology." Everyone "majors in" ...
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What is the basic structure of American higher education?

This flow chart, from the National Center for Education Statistics, summarizes it better than any explanation I can think of. https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d01/fig1.asp Everywhere you see an ...
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Can a department revoke a degree, once granted by the university?

Absent plagiarism, fraud, or other academic sanction, it would be difficult to revoke an awarded degree. There would have to be strong evidence for doing so, and it’s not often attempted, in part ...
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Is it reasonable to have concerns about the recognition of Russian degrees given the war in Ukraine?

It seems risky to go to Russia at the moment for lots of reasons, but I think that recognition of a degree is probably lower on the scale than many others. Academics are generally more open to dealing ...
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Is there any point in keeping the paper versions of one's college diplomas?

Keep all paper certificates always. Depending on what job(s) you apply for, and whether they require a certain degree, you may be asked to present the paper version. I have been asked in my last few ...
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Can I pursue a bachelor degree at 42? What should I consider when deciding whether to do so?

Firstly, to answer the actual question at the top: yes, absolutely. There is no age limit on doing a degree. It is not at all unusual for people significantly older than you to complete degrees. My ...
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I graduated with 1st class honours - do I add it to the letters after my name?

No. The class of a degree is not written in your post-nominal qualifications. You can add it in he educational details on your CV.
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Can a university revoke my degree for not attending classes?

It is part of the cultural norms of American universities that your attendance or lack thereof is an issue for each individual course instructor to pursue or not pursue as they choose. At my ...
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Is it reasonable to have concerns about the recognition of Russian degrees given the war in Ukraine?

Russia has a mathematical culture that is among the best in the world, so the mathematics that you will be taught in a Master’s program at a good Russian university will be of a very high level, and ...
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Is there any point in keeping the paper versions of one's college diplomas?

An former instructor of mine once told a story about the school where he earned his undergraduate degree. A decade or so after he graduated, the school completely ceased operations after enrollment ...
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Can a university revoke my degree for not attending classes?

Assuming you haven't been awarded a degree yet, you can't have your degree revoked. As for whether the university can refuse to award you a degree because you didn't attend class - key point to note ...
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Has anyone, based on great performance, ever been awarded a higher degree than the one they enrolled for?

Not quite the same, but George Dantzig famously solved two previously unsolved problems in statistical theory as a graduate student, after showing up late for class and mistaking them for homework ...
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Finding a career as a researcher without any PhD, work experience, and/or relevant academic degree

It is unlikely you will find an academic research position. There is already an oversupply of PhDs with postdoc experience doing mainstream physics, and by your own admission you will have a very ...
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Can public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being revoked 35 years later?

I think the chances of having your degree revoked for criticizing the political choices of a university are more or less zero. Degrees are awarded for academic reasons, not moral ones. The exception ...
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Program where I earned my Master's is changing its name in 2023-2024. Does this change how I list it on my CV?

You received an MA in "Experimental Psychology" (the original title). The fact that the department renames or changes the master is irrelevant to your title. It is not like you would no ...
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Why transcripts instead of degree certificates?

Most applicants for positions at US universities will have been educated in the US, so US hiring practices are based around the sorts of records that US universities provide. And US universities don'...
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May I call Samuel Johnson a PhD?

No. He was an LL D of Trinity College, granted 1765; and a DCL of Oxford, granted 1775. See https://www.britannica.com/biography/Samuel-Johnson Note: DCL= Doctor of Civil Law. LL.D.= Doctor of ...
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Wrong PhD better than no PhD?

I don't know what is right for you, but I'll tell you that there is little in life that is worse than a career in something that you don't care about while having unfulfilled dreams. I suspect that ...
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Wrong PhD better than no PhD?

I’m not European, but I assume PhDs in Food are not the most common thing and are not offered by most universities. This answer is proceeding under that assumption. Assuming that you are doing ...
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