Angela Merkel in Harvard

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony for Harvard University.

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to the USA from 29 to 30 May 2019 and visit Harvard University in Boston. At invitation of the university, she will attend this year's graduation ceremony (368th Commencement). A great honor for the Chancellor: Only a few Germans have so far been allowed to speak at the event, among them the former Chancellors Konrad Adenauer (1955), Helmut Schmidt (1979) and Helmut Kohl (1990). On the Twitter channel, the university published a short video announcing Merkel as a speaker.

Larry Bacow, President of Harvard University, described the Chancellor as “one of the most widely admired and broadly influential statespeople of our time”. He added: “Over her four terms as Germany’s chancellor, her leadership has done much to shape the course not only of her nation, but also of Europe and the larger world. She continues to play a central role in confronting some of the great challenges of our era, and I very much look forward to hearing what is sure to be a memorable address.”

During the celebrations, Harvard University will award the Chancellor an honorary doctorate. In the afternoon, Chancellor Merkel will address the graduates and invited guests.

The Chancellor will also meet the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, as well as representatives of the Center of European Studies at Harvard University and German students.

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