Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow
awarded Lance Armstrong an honorary degree during the University's
2006 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 21, 2006.
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Mass. [05.21.06] Lance Armstrong, you bear the message of hope for all who confront seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With tremendous grit and courage, you conquered extraordinary challenges in both your health and career. Your candor about your fight to overcome cancer elevates awareness, inspires important research, and unites a legion of band-wearing LIVESTRONG believers who share your conviction that cancer can and will be beaten. The Lance Armstrong Foundation focuses education, practical help and advocacy into a powerful force for compassion and cure. Your journey to survival is perhaps your greatest, but not your only profound accomplishment. In addition to being an inspirational hero to millions of people who suffer from cancer, you are a legendary athlete and a truly deserving champion. Your cycling comeback is a story of sheer determination. As the seven-time victor of the grueling Tour de France, you raised the bar in international cycling to a level unprecedented. You proved that perseverance carries the day, and that courage, determination, preparation, and teamwork can beat all odds, whether climbing the mountains of France or overcoming cancer. For your remarkable accomplishments both on and off the bike, Tufts University proudly honors you with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.