Christine Blasey Ford nominated for distinguished alumna award at alma mater

Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who testified before a Senate panel about sexual assault allegations during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, was nominated for a Distinguished Alumna Award at the University of North Carolina, the News & Observer reported.

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Ford graduated from UNC in 1988 with a degree in experimental psychology. She earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University (1991) and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California (1996).

Ford was nominated by a group of faculty, students and alumni at North Carolina, WTVD reported.

Jennifer Ho, a professor of English at North Carolina, wrote in her nominating letter that Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27 “was something that was extraordinary in how ordinary it was: she told the truth about a sexual assault she experienced when she was 15 years old at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

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Kavanaugh, who was confirmed as the newest Supreme Court justice on Saturday, has denied the allegations.

The nominating letter also recognized "the inordinate courage it took for her to take the moral and ethical stand that she did in testifying about her sexual assault experience in front of the world."

According to the university's web page, alumni must be nominated by Oct. 15 and must have made "an outstanding contribution to humanity in any walk of life," The Washington Times reported.

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