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Doctoral insignia presented to Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States and Sweden’s US ambassador Björn Lyrvall

In July 2007, Hillary Clinton was awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine at the University of Gothenburg, and on Wednesday night she finally received her doctoral insignia. The ceremony took place in New York in connection with the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The hat, ring and diploma were presented by Sweden’s US ambassador Björn Lyrvall in the presence of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States, was appointed honorary doctor for, among other things, her commitment to vulnerable children and efforts to promote good health and wellness. She was unable to attend the ceremony in October 2007, primarily because it collided with the US presidential campaign.

‘We have since tried to find a time to give her the doctor’s insignia, but despite intensive efforts by the University of Gothenburg, we have not been successful until now,’ says Claes-Olof Olsson, former administrative director at the Sahlgrenska Academy, who has had the task of finding a way to resolve the issue.

At the end of last year, the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC announced that if the insignia was delivered to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, they would be forwarded to the Embassy for handover. And on Wednesday night, local time, in conjunction with Prime Minister Stephen Löfven’s visit to New York for the 25th anniversary of the UN Children’s Convention, Hillary Clinton received her doctoral hat, ring and diploma from Ambassador Lyrvall.

Read more about Hillary Clinton’s honorary doctorate at the University of Gothenburg

Photo: Embassy of Sweden, USA