Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby, who in addition to receiving eight honorary degrees, with all but one being doctorate degrees, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he grew up, and earned his Master of Arts (MA) degree in 1972 and his (Ed.D.) Doctorate in Education in 1977 from the University of Massachusetts. His dissertation had the rather unique title of: An Integration of the Visual Media via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning.

He wasn’t always so committed to education. Due to working a great deal early in the morning before school as well as after school in the afternoons and evenings to help support his family combined with too much joking around in class, Cosby failed the 10th grade.  He apprenticed with a shoe repair business then enlisted in the Navy for four years where he worked as a Hospital Corpsman doing physical therapy for Korean War Vets. After the service, he completed his high school equivalency through correspondence courses then won a track scholarship to Temple University. He left after his sophomore year to pursue a career in comedy and returned to complete his degree after a number of successful years performing and producing his comedy routines as LP’s. He continued with his successful comedy and acting career as well as excelling in higher education as noted above. More recently, he is known for his strong advocacy for education and a strong work ethic as the prescription for achievement.

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”

“The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.”

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”


“There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.”

“The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.”

– Bill Cosby  (1937- )

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