Robert Duncan recently posted the following image on peacepink as evidence of his alleged Harvard degree. Notice that it only gives him a Masters in Science, and not a PhD or doctorate of any kind:
I thought I’d see how easy it would be to create a similar document, so I did a search for images of Harvard degrees and found a number of good ones to use as examples:
From these, I selected the one that I thought looked closest to Robert Duncan’s and did a little photo-shopping to change the name to my own. Here’s the result:
As you can see, what I created is at least as impressive looking as what he posted, if not a whole lot more, and I didn’t have to go to Harvard to get it either.
While I was doing this little experiment, I noticed some things about his alleged degree that suggest it’s fake. First, there’s the matter of the red seal in the bottom left corner:
Looking at all the other examples I was able to find online, I noticed that none of them had a red seal at that location. Instead, they almost all have a gold seal at the bottom left that look like these:
Note that the third gold seal above was taken from an image of a degree that was under glass, just like Robert Duncan’s, but the clarity was not nearly as bad as with his, and the embossing can still be easily seen when enlarged, whereas with Robert Duncan’s image, the seal is quite blurry and not nearly as distinguishable.
The only image of a Harvard degree that I was able to find that had a red seal on it was accompanied by a gold seal at the bottom left (as usual), with the red seal at the bottom right. The red seal looks like this:
As you can see, the red seal has a sharply perforated edge and appears to stand out from the page, while the seal on Robert Duncan’s degree appears quite flat and has a much smoother edge. In fact, it appears to be printed rather than embossed.
So what does all of this show? Well, although it doesn’t prove that Robert Duncan’s degree is fake, it does show that what he posted is highly questionable and shouldn’t be taken as any sort of evidence that he has a Harvard degree (certainly not a doctorate), since anyone can produce an image of one with their name on it, just as I’ve done.