The University of Calgary has bestowed an honorary degree on former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, following a sell-out event that saw Gore share his passion for the environment with the Calgary community.
Chancellor Joanne Cuthbertson awarded Gore the University of Calgary’s highest honour—the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa—on April 23.
Vice-President Gore’s interest in environmental matters started long before it was fashionable, and his work to raise the profile of the issue, from the early stages of his political career, is part of the public record,” said U of C President Dr. Harvey Weingarten. “While Vice-President Al Gore has in many ways shaped the face of American government and politics, his enduring legacy is an engagement with environmental issues and climate change that has led to worldwide recognition across generations and by people from all walks of life. He is making a substantial and significant contribution to the destiny of our planet.”
Gore, who spoke in front of a crowd of more than 1,800 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, received a standing ovation on his presentation and on the acceptance of the honorary degree. He said he’s received several honorary degrees in the past, but noted that the U of C’s gesture was particularly meaningful given the city’s energy base.
An Evening With Al Gore was co-sponsored by the University of Calgary, Enmax and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.