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Hillary Clinton to Visit St Andrews

hilsFormer US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be honoured for her work when she visits St Andrews next month.

The visit comes not long after her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, was spotted enjoying a round of golf on the famous Old Course in St Andrews.

Mrs Clinton is set to address academics and students of the University before receiving an honorary degree.

The visit on 13 and 14 September comes as the university continues to mark its 600th anniversary.

Mrs Clinton will be honoured for her efforts in championing  causes such a education, human rights, democracy, civil society and promoting equal opportunities for females around the world.

St Andrews principal Professor Louise Richardson said: “We are absolutely delighted that Secretary Clinton will join us and other distinguished guests from around the world as we celebrate 600 years of university education in St Andrews.

“In addition to traditional celebrations, we will mark the occasion by doing what universities do best, bringing creative and independent thinkers together to ask difficult questions and exchange novel ideas as we explore the role of universities in the centuries to come.

“As one of the most influential women in the world, Hillary Clinton, as stateswoman, senator, and policymaker, never shied away from tackling difficult questions, working to make the world a better place, inspiring others, speaking out for the voiceless and striving ever to excel.”

St Andrews has strong ties with the United States-  three of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson and John Witherspoon, either studied at or held degrees from St Andrews University.

The Graduation Ceremony starts at 2.30pm  on Friday 13 September 2013 at Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews.

Secretary Clinton’s address will begin at approximately 17.05pm.

The ceremony will be streamed live via www.st-andrews.ac.uk

After the ceremony, the platform party, academic guests and members of University Senate will process along North Street to St Salvator’s Quadrangle.