Ontario, Canada's Nipissing University has bestowed honorary degrees to all three members of Rush, along with six other Canadians, as the university celebrated the 2014 graduating class on June 12.

Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson received Nipissing's first-ever honorary Doctorate of Music awards.

Bassist/vocalist Lee and guitarist Lifeson had planned to attend the ceremony in person but could not do so as it was unsafe for their plane to land due to foggy conditions. Instead, they quickly recorded acceptance speeches on video. Lifeson credits the band’s 1976 2112 album with keeping them going at a difficult point in Rush’s career.

Watch Alex Lifeson’s below.