Bob Dawson, the recipient of The Carnegie Initiative’s Lifetime Achievement Award this past January, received an honorary doctorate in Civil Law from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His alma mater bestowed the honor upon him during today’s spring commencement to celebrate his leadership in the fight against racism, on and off the ice.
In 1970, he made history at Saint Mary’s as a member of the first all-Black line in Canadian university hockey. His dedication to battling racism has continued for decades through his work with numerous community organizations and universities to organize events and conferences to address racism in hockey.
“Someone once said life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. And, for me, this is one of those moments,” he shared upon stepping to the podium.
He proceeded to provide several points of wisdom with the graduating students.
“Always be true to yourself. Don’t let others dictate your path or your values. Your time is limited in this world so make the most of it by living your best self and on your terms,” he stated.
Dawson was surprised and humbled upon seeing several of his former teammates who were in attendance at the ceremony.
Photos courtesy of Saint Mary’s University.
Bob Dawson’s address at the Spring Convocation 2023