SFU gives honourary doctorate to Bill Nye the Science Guy

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We all remember him from our childhoods – Bill Nye the Science Guy taught us everything about chemistry, physics, and biology in an easy-to-digest, kid-friendly way. Well, now he can add “doctor” to his list of achievements, thanks to Simon Fraser University giving him an honourary doctorate of science on October 8.

“I love it, these students are so happy that I’m here and it’s very gratifying. To get a doctorate from Simon Fraser is a big deal. Trust me, I’m a doctor,” he said in a question and answer series on SFU’s website.

Nye got to walk the stage in SFU’s academic regalia in front of a jubilant graduating class.

Nye is crusading to change people’s attitudes about climate change, hoping Canadians “vote to close down the tar sands mining,” while he hopes conservative politicians in the U.S. will wake up to the realities that face us with an ever-changing planet.

“The scientific consensus is overwhelming. Now – with people facing floods and pollution – people have had enough,” he said.

In the question and answer period with SFU, Nye had some parting words for future SFU graduates:

“Change the world!”

Alas, while he might be fighting to save the planet, lets not forget what he’s most well-known for:

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