In a ceremony in Altgeld Hall held on September 18, NIU awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, in recognition of her many good works in science and education and on humanitarian fronts.
Her Royal Highness holds a bachelor’s degree in history; master’s degrees in Oriental epigraphy and in Pali and Sanskrit languages; and a doctorate in educational development. She serves as head of the Department of History at Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, the military academy of the Royal Thai Army.
“We’re extremely honored by the visit of Her Royal Highness,” 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.”