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UU to Confer Honorary Degree on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

23rd August 2004

The University of Ulster is to confer an honorary degree on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton during her visit to the University’s Magee campus this week.

Senator Clinton is due to deliver the latest Tip O’Neill Lecture on the theme of Peace and Reconciliation in the Modern World, on Thursday 26 August.

The Lecture will be incorporated into a special graduation ceremony during which Senator Clinton will be conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Hillary Clinton has been a Senator since November 2000, the only First Lady ever elected to the US Senate.

Her husband, President Bill Clinton, received an honorary degree from the University during his visit to Northern Ireland in 1995. He returned to the University in May 2001 to inaugurate the WJ Clinton Scholarship to help children from disadvantaged areas get a university education. He made the journey once again in July 2003 to mark the inauguration of Professor John Hume’s tenure as the Tip O’Neill Chair.

Professor Gerry McKenna, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster said: “The honorary degree marks both Senator Clinton’s distinguished career as a lawyer, politician and eminent public figure and her deep commitment to peace and progress in Northern Ireland.”

Attendance at the Lecture is by invitation only.

The Tip O’Neill Chair is supported by the Ireland Funds, and commemorates the distinguished former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who was well known for his consistent work and commitment to promote peace, reconciliation and justice in Northern Ireland.

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