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Edward M. Kennedy Admits Cheating at Harvard in 1951, Was Asked To Leave

Mar. 30, 1962 - Edward M. Kennedy, a candidate for a Democratic Senate nomination, admitted today that he had withdrawn from Harvard College as a freshman in 1951 at the college’s request. In a statement, Mr. Kennedy said that the reason was that he had “arranged” to have a classmate take an examination in his stead in a Spanish course. Rumors that the President’s brother had been asked to leave Harvard under a cloud had been gathering since before the formal announcement of his political plans on March 14. In his statement today, Mr. Kennedy said: “What I did was wrong. I have regretted it ever since. The unhappiness I caused my family and my friends, even though 11 years ago, has been a bitter experience for me, but it also has been a very valuable lesson.” After his withdrawal, Mr. Kennedy enlisted in the Army and spent two years in the infantry in Europe. On his return, his application to re-enter Harvard was accepted and he graduated in good standing in 1956. When Mr. Kennedy later enrolled in the law course at the University of Virginia, officials were told of the Harvard incident, his statement said. Mr. Kennedy was admitted to the bar in 1959.

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