Columnist given honorary degree

certificate of achievement

‘Build a better world,’ graduates told

In accepting an honorary doctorate yesterday, one of Canada’s foremost writers on economic affairs reminded new graduates that progress does not exist in a vacuum.

“Those that came before you carved out a country, built a democratic society and established the basis for social, technological and economic progress,” Toronto Star economics editor and columnist David Crane said at Wilfrid Laurier University’s spring convocation in Waterloo.

“It is now up to you to take this inheritance and find new ways to build on it for a better world,” he said.

The university’s board of governors said they had chosen to award Crane the honorary doctorate of letters because of his journalistic contributions on the importance of education technology’s impact on the Canadian way of life.

Crane began his career in 1961 as an editorial writer at the Toronto Telegram after graduating from the University of Toronto.

The outspoken journalist then moved to the Winnipeg Tribune, the Financial Post, The Globe and Mail and finally joined The Star as an economics specialist for the Ottawa bureau in 1971.

He has held the position of economics editor since October, 1979.

He has won a National Newspaper Award and has written three books.

“Education, knowledge, understanding and judgment are especially important as we move into the global, knowledge-driven world of the 21st century,” Crane said as he accepted his degree.

Originally published in The Toronto Star on June 3, 2000