Tyra Banks slammed for flaunting Harvard certificate as real degree

London, August 29 (ANI): Tyra Banks is under fire from critics who claim that her qualification from Harvard is a short course certificate instead of a full degree.

The 38-year-old model had famously graduated from Harvard Business School earlier this year but had never suggested that she has anything other than a "diploma" from the university.

However even the word "diploma" might be a stretch, as the actress had actually earned a "Certificate of Completion" for her nine-week course in the university's Owner/President Management non-degree extension program, the Daily Mail reported.

While these classes are offered through Harvard Business School's extension school, the head of the program has stated that it is "very different from a full-time MBA degree program," which will take two years for completion.

The OPM "clients" are required to complete 3 three-week units, at an ear-ringing 33,000 dollars per unit.

That's nearing 100,000 dollars for the privilege of attending classes on campus.

The revelation regarding Banks's Harvard qualification was revealed in a report on the site Jezebel, criticizing the model's "habit of making misleading public statements about her studies."

It read: "She ought to just tell the truth."

The article went on to say that "Tyra Banks is an accomplished businesswoman. There is no reason to embellish her achievements. A Harvard Business School graduate she is not."

While Banks, a former high school honor roll student, never claimed to have a Harvard degree, it appeared that she did seem to boast about her Ivy League credential.

In February, she had tweeted two pictures of herself on Harvard's campus.

The first showed her walking past a podium, accompanied with the words: "On stage at my Harvard Business School graduation! Lil blurry but SUCH an exciting moment 4 me and wanted 2 share w/u!"

In the other, she clutches her diploma on the university campus, tweeting: "Smiling ear2ear on the Harvard Business School campus w/my diploma!" (ANI)


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