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Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart gets honorary degree at Mount Royal University

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WATCH: Forty years after leaving Calgary's Mount Royal University to pursue a wrestling career, Bret “The Hitman” Hart received an honorary Bachelor of Health and Physical Education/Physical Literacy degree on Friday – Jun 1, 2018

Forty years ago, Bret Hart left Mount Royal to pursue a wrestling career before he could earn a degree.

Bret “The Hitman” Hart became a wrestling superstar in the 80s and 90s.

On Friday, Mount Royal University gave the now 60-year-old an honorary degree — a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education/Physical Literacy.

“It means a lot to me,” Hart said. “My mother and my father urged me years ago to get a degree and they would have been really proud.”

Bret “The Hitman” Hart speaks at the Mount Royal University convocation. June 1st, 2018. Global News

Hart spoke at a convocation at the university for graduating students on Friday. The stroke and cancer survivor told everyone to follow their heart.

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“You’ve got to struggle sometimes in life,” Hart said. “If you’re a good person and do good things, good things will happen for you and I believe if you work hard — like these young kids have today to get their degrees the right way — that good things will come from that.”

Just over 1,700 students graduated from Mount Royal University this spring — the school’s largest class ever.

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