Thai princess awarded honorary NIU degree
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University awarded an honorary doctorate in a special ceremony Sept. 18 to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. The princess was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
The public is invited to view a special exhibit assembled in Room 203 of Altgeld Hall, the NIU “castle,” to coincide with the royal visit. The exhibit features NIU collections of antique maps, Khon performance masks, Buddha images and crafts from Thai cultures. It is open to the public from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 19.
“We’re extremely honored by the visit of Her Royal Highness,” NIU President Doug Baker said. “NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies is known the world over, and for many years has made major contributions in Thai studies. Our faculty nominated the princess for an honorary degree, based on her many good works. She is a highly visible proponent of education, culture and humanitarian efforts in her country.”
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