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Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
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King of Norway to visit PLU

This story was originally published in The Mooring Mast of Pacific Lutheran University on February 13, 2015. It was written by Samantha Lund.

This May, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway is scheduled to visit Pacific Lutheran University to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary and speak at the university’s Commencement ceremony.

His Majesty Kind Harald V is the leader of Norway, a constitutional monarchy. He is tratitionally head of the state, but his duties are mainly representative and ceremonial. The legislative and executive powers lie with the country's elected bodies. The Norwegian monarchy dates back more than a thousand years and Norway has had more than 60 named sovereigns. HM King Harald V was crowned in 1957.

PLU was founded by Norwegian immigrants in 1890. HM King Harald has close ties to the school. Before the ceremony, HM King Harald will meet with Norwegian students at a gala luncheon to raise funds for an endowment supporting PLU and exchange programs with Norway.

While he is here, HM King Harald will receive an honorary degree from PLU. HM King Harald will receive a Doctor of Laws jure dignitatis because of his long record of distinguished service to his country and the world, according to the PLU Board of Regents.

“Lutes all around the globe feel honored to have King Harald V as our most distinguished guest and Commencement speaker to mark our Quasquicentennial year,” said PLU President Thomas W. Krise. “His Majesty’s presence will underscore our deep personal and institutional ties to Norway––ties that began in 1890 and continue robustly today.”

More about His Majesty’s visit can be found at http://www.plu.edu/marcom/news/2015/02/10/thekingatplu/

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