During a football career spanning 20 years, Don played for 12 clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers, making 576 appearances and scoring 160 goals.
But since retiring, he has worked tirelessly for a number of local charities.
Receiving his award at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Wednesday night (SEPT9) he said: “To come to the University this evening and receive this award is a massive honour.”
He also congratulated all graduates at the ceremony, which was for the University’s School of Applied Sciences.
He said he arrived in Wolverhampton 15 years ago with a little trepidation as he had been playing for rivals West Bromwich Albion but that the people of the city had been very welcoming and had become his home.
“I very much see my long term future in the city. It would be very difficult for me to find another city as friendly and as welcoming as Wolverhampton.”
He added he was very proud that Wolves are once again in the Premier League and that they had his full backing.
Referring to his formal cap and gown, Don, whose afro hairstyle is famous among his fans, joked: “I’d like to congratulate the University for finding a bonnet big enough to go on my head.”
Don is an ambassador for Kick It Out: football’s equality and inclusion campaign. He is also a Patron of Promise Dreams. The charity, established in Wolverhampton in 2001, raises money for children who are seriously or terminally ill and provides treatment, help and support for both them and their families, as well as helping their dreams come true.
He is also tireless in his activities to support cancer charities throughout the UK.
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