President Trump has maintained for quite some time that he graduated “first in his class” at Wharton in 1968. He has repeated the claim several times to various publishers and news agencies, including the New York Times who he accuses of “fake news.”
Well, it turns out, Trump didn’t graduate first in his class as he claims. In 1968, the Daily Pennsylvanian published a complete list of the 56 students who were on the Wharton Dean’s List that year – and nowhere can Trump’s name be found. That means, not only was Trump not first in his class, but he wasn’t even anywhere near the top 15 percent.
While Trump’s transcripts have never been publicly released, it’s not hard to verify this kind of information. Wharton graduate Stephen Foxman spoke with the DP and said that if Trump graduated with any honors he likely would have been mentioned in the 1968 Commencement Program. A copy of the program from the Penn Archives shows 20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients and two summa cum laude recipients for Trump’s graduating year. Trump’s name was never listed.
A copy of the program from the Penn Archives shows 20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients and two summa cum laude recipients for Trump’s graduating year. Trump’s name was never listed.
“If he had done well, his name would have shown up,” Foxman said.
Trump has previously suggested that he had an MBA from Wharton’s prestigious graduate school, opting to tell people he went to the “famous” Wharton. But, that too, was a lie. They’re pretty much known for their business graduate degrees, and Trump played on that prestige when he spoke with people. In reality, Trump never attended any graduate studies there, and only transferred in during his junior year to enroll in their undergraduate program for two years.
Several of his classmates gave a mixed account of his time there but stated that he didn’t seem to be much of an intellectual man – opting to leave the campus over the weekend to go back to New York. When he was there, he didn’t study a lot according to Wharton graduate Louis Calomaris, saying he did not “seem to care about being prepared. Don was loath to really study much.”