Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson of Rush all received honorary doctorates from Ontario, Canada's Nipissing University. The band recorded acceptance speeches that were shown on video during the college's 2014 commencement.
Lee joked in his speech that the honor came as something of a surprise:
"Imagine a high school dropout - and a rock musician no less - receiving such an honor. Finally, my mother's dream comes true: she has a doctor for a son."
Video of the speech has been uploaded to the web on Nipissing University's Vimeo account.
The honorary degrees were the first ever from the school, which noted the band's "significant and lasting contribution to live music and performing arts in Canada and worldwide."
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