ASU: we'll honor the President, just not in the form of a degree

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ASU announces a different honor bestowed on President

TEMPE - Arizona State University under fire after saying it will not give President Barack Obama an honorary degree next month.

The President will give the commencement address at ASU's graduation in May and the apparent snub is creating a buzz across the country.

It was a hot topic on CNN Friday.

Anchor Wolf Blitzer gave a tough critique of ASU:

"I've looked through this entire list of all of their recent honorary degree recipients and so many of them are simply very wealthy individuals who have given the university a lot of money."

3TV asked ASU about Blitzer's comments.

They did not issue a response.

However, ASU announced Saturday that it will honor the president when he gives the commencement address at graduation, just not in the form of a degree.

The University apologized for the confusion and will honor the president by expanding its most important scholarship in his honor.

ASU President Michael Crow issued this statement:

"It has always been our intention to recognize and honor President Obama's accomplishments during his visit but we had not yet determined the best or most appropriate way to do so. The President Barack Obama Scholars Program will be a legacy that will endure and inspire others for generations to come."