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Shatner Receives Honorary Degree

McDill University alumnus William Shatner was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Letters today at the spring convocation ceremonies at McGill.

The eighty-year-old Shatner graduated from McDill forty-nine years ago, with a BA in commerce.

Shatner encouraged graduates to dare. “Don’t be afraid of taking chances,” he said, “of striking out on paths that are untrod. Don’t be afraid of failing. Don’t be afraid of making an ass of yourself. I do it all the time and look where I got.”

When he attended McDill, Shatner wasn’t a model student, he told the graduates. He hadn’t always studied, he admitted, and had to take an extra math course to make up for one that he had earlier failed.

But Shatner had been active in extracurricular activities; he was president of McGill’s radio club and had participated in campus theater productions.

Shatner won’t be the only Star Trek actor to receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters this year. Patrick Stewart will receive his own honorary degree this summer from the University of East Anglia.

“We present honorary degrees to those who have made a remarkable contribution to the arts, science, sport, and civil society,” said UEA Registrar and Secretary Brian Summers.


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Shatner To Receive Honorary Degree

Star Trek‘s William Shatner will return home to receive an honorary degree from McGill University.

Shatner graduated from McGill University in 1952, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

According to the McGill University website, “McGill University will mark the achievements of one of its most celebrated alumni, Emmy-winning actor William Shatner, with the awarding of an honorary degree at Spring Convocation ceremonies on June 2.”

“Shatner…has made a stellar contribution to the arts, on stage, television and film. He is also an accomplished director, a best-selling author and dedicated philanthropist and environmentalist, whose compassion, creativity and irrepressible sense of humor are an integral part of his life and work.

“The honorary degree will be presented during Convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Arts, at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 2 on the lower field of McGill’s downtown campus.”