KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore has received the University of Tennessee's third ever honorary doctorate.

Gore, who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was given the honorary degree at a graduation ceremony in Knoxville on Friday morning.

Gore told students in a 20-minute speech that addressing climate change is the "biggest item of unfinished business" on the American agenda.

The school's previous honorary doctorates were given to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and singer Dolly Parton.

Several dozen activists gathered the night before the event to decry what organizer Antonio Hinton called "a blatant and fraudulent lie" perpetuated by Gore about climate change.


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