Simon Fraser University has announced that American educator, scientist and television host Bill Nye will receive an honorary degree from the institution later this year.
The 59-year-old is among a list of four individuals who will speak at the university’s convocation ceremonies held on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9.
Nye is best known for his role as the host of the popular television series Bill Nye the Science Guy children’s program that aired on PBS during the 1990s. He now serves as the CEO of The Planetary Society, a non-profit organization co-founded by Carl Sagan that focuses on research and projects relating to planetary science and astronomy.
More recently, he has been a staunch advocate for wider awareness of the effects of climate change.
Nye graduated from Cornell University with a science degree in mechanical engineering. He has also received honorary degrees from institutions that include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, John Hopkins University, Willamette University, Lehigh University and Goucher College.