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Augsburg awards King Harald V of Norway honorary degree

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King Harald V of Norway (left) and Augsburg’s president, Paul Pribbenow, meet in Oslo. (Photo by Queen Sonja)

Late last year in Oslo, Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow conferred upon King Harald V of Norway the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

“We are deeply grateful for Your Majesty’s abiding support of Augsburg University and our sister Norwegian-American colleges and universities throughout the more than three decades of your reign,” Pribbenow said in his ceremonial remarks. “We share both a common heritage and profound commitments to peacemaking and global citizenship.”

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway acceded to the throne January 17, 1991. The king and his wife, Queen Sonja, visited Augsburg in 2011. This recognition—originally scheduled for 2020 but delayed by the pandemic—was part of Augsburg’s sesquicentennial anniversary celebration.

Top image: An Augsburg student participating in the Norway Hub wears a Norwegian flag while walking through campus. (Photo by Courtney Perry)

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