Swansea University has conferred Hillary Rodham Clinton with an honorary degree. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world, a commitment that is shared by Swansea University’s Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People.
The award was presented to Clinton at a congregation in the University’s Great Hall. She said of Swansea University and the local community that it “"has been transforming the university into a world class hub for academic pursuit, as well as the pursuit of truth, reason and innovation".
During the congregation, Clinton also spoke about how Wales is close to her heart due to her family connections to it.
Clinton also unveiled a commemorative stone to mark the renaming of Swansea University’s College of Law and Criminology to the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.
Clinton later stated that she would return to Swansea’s Bay Campus in the future, and would drive the mission of the Law School for generations to come; that children’s rights are human rights.
Vice-chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Richard B. Davies, said: “Mrs Clinton is, without doubt, one of the most powerful and important women of the age. Her influence on recent and current US domestic policy and on global affairs has been colossal. Today, in awarding this degree and in renaming our Law School as the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, we symbolise our support for the values of social justice and rights that have been her hallmarks.
“It is particularly significant that Mrs Clinton chose Swansea University for a major announcement on how she will be channelling her undoubted energy for public service into international work on human rights.
“Today also signifies the beginning of a meaningful relationship between Swansea University and Mrs Clinton, which is based on our shared belief that we are active agents of change in our social and economic worlds. We are delighted to be working in partnership with her, to play our part in a global push for children’s rights over the coming years”.
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