Hockey Legend Jean Béliveau Receives Honorary Doctorate from Ryerson University

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Ryerson University awarded Jean Béliveau an
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree today. Béliveau, who is a hockey legend known
for his record-breaking career with the Montreal Canadiens (his name appears
17 times on the Stanley Cup), was recognized for his legendary athleticism,
philanthropy and community leadership, in particular his advocacy and
life-long dedication to disadvantaged children.
    "Ryerson is honoured to recognize the contributions of Mr. Béliveau,"
said Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University. "In a country known for
hockey heroes, Jean Béliveau stands out as one of the greatest legends of the
game. His amazing accomplishments on the ice are matched by an impressive body
of work off the ice. His leadership with children's charities, his dedication
to making a difference, and his enthusiasm for the lessons of experience all
embody the values we seek to instill in our students at Ryerson and the
connection to community that distinguishes Ryerson University."
    In a speech delivered immediately after the degree was conferred,
Béliveau told the audience, "Ryerson is doing an important, complicated job:
committed to growing not just to be bigger, but to be better and more
relevant. You are serving your community through innovation. You are striving
to be better every day, and this requires a focus very much like the focus a
hockey club must have to compete for the Stanley Cup, not just for one year,
but for the long term. My sincere thanks to Ryerson University for granting me
this honorary degree. It is a privilege to be honoured by an institution of
higher learning that is committed to both growth and excellence."
    Ryerson University awards honorary degrees to those individuals who have
made an extraordinary contribution to academia and/or society in Canada, or
internationally, particularly in fields of interest to Ryerson; or to the
development of Ryerson University; or to the betterment of culture, or
society, or the local community.

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative career-focused
education, offering close to 90 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in
the Faculty of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of
Community Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and
the Ted Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and
undergraduate enrolment of 26,500 students. With almost 68,000 registrations
annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's
leading provider of university-based adult education.

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For further information:

For further information: Michael Forbes, PWCommunications, (416)
999-3069,; Heather Kearney, Ryerson University,
(416) 979-5000 ext.4282,; Alfred Park, Office of Public
Affairs, University Advancement, Ryerson University, T: (416) 979-5000x.7134,
F: (416) 979-5208

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