Raptors' Kyle Lowry to receive honorary doctorate from Acadia University

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7). (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry will be one of seven people awarded honorary doctorates by Acadia University as part of convocation for the Class of 2021.

The Nova Scotia university will also be honouring former Primer Minister Paul Martin, retired senator Murray Sinclair, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed and missionary Rev. Dr. Malcolm Card.

The convocation will be held virtually on May 9, with Martin delivering the keynote address.

In a statement from the school, Acadia said it is honouring Lowry for his role in rallying Canadians during the Raptors' run to the 2019 NBA championship as well for his role in founding the Lowry Love Foundation with his wife Ayahna Cornish-Lowry.

“Acadia’s honorary degree recipients are excellent role models for our graduates. Each one is a distinguished individual who has made a significant impact in their community,” said Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia’s President and Vice-Chancellor, said in a statement. “By recognizing their outstanding achievements with honorary degrees, we acknowledge them for their many contributions to society. Like them, we know our graduates will take their place in the world and make a difference.”

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