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27 September 2018

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to receive an honorary degree from Queen’s University Belfast.

Secretary Clinton will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) in October for her ‘exceptional public service in the USA and globally, and for her outstanding contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland’.

Queen’s University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer, said: “We are delighted to award an honorary degree to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former US Secretary of State is an internationally recognised public servant, who has developed strong links with Queen’s and Northern Ireland.

“She made a considerable contribution to the Northern Ireland Peace Process and, as Secretary of State, focused on economic development to underpin the emergence of a strong and competitive Northern Ireland. 

“With her long-standing commitment to peace, stability and economic regeneration, she is a strong advocate for Northern Ireland and an inspirational role model for the Queen’s community.”

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, a US Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009, the 67th US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election, the first female candidate to be nominated for President by a major US political party.

Her husband, former US President William Jefferson Clinton, received the same honorary degree at a ceremony in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall in 2001. This means that the Clintons will become only the second married couple in the last 60 years to be honoured in this way by the University, the other being the Belfast poet Michael Longley (1995) and his wife, literary critic and Queen’s Professor Emerita, Edna (2009).

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Secretary Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts (1969), before earning a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School (1973). After serving as a congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas and married Bill Clinton in 1975.

The honorary degree ceremony will take place in the Sir William Whitla Hall at Queen’s at 4pm on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 during which Secretary Clinton will deliver an address.

For media inquiries, please contact Queen’s University Communications Office, +44 (0)28 9097 5845.


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