Former American first lady Hillary Clinton is to be honoured for her work when she visits Scotland next month.Mrs Clinton, who has served as a senator and was US secretary of state until last year, is to be given an honorary degree by St Andrews University in recognition of her achievements as a politician and diplomat.
The award will also mark her efforts to champion the causes of education, human rights, democracy, civil society and promoting opportunities for females around the world, the university said.
Mrs Clinton, who lost to Barack Obama in the contest to be the Democrat candidate for president in 2008, is due to speak at St Andrews University on Friday September 13, and will be conferred with a degree of doctor of laws in a ceremony the following day.
The university has strong ties with the United States, with three of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence - Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson and John Witherspoon - having studied at or held degrees from St Andrews.
University of St Andrews’ 600th anniversary.
She will address an audience of global academic leaders and students next month as part of the celebrations before receiving a degree of Doctor of Laws.
The university says they are honouring her roles as politician, diplomat and champion of education, human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women around the world.
St Andrews was founded in 1413 and are celebrating their 600th anniversary with a series of events.
As well as Secretary Clinton’s visit, a debate will be held on the future of universities as academics from around the world gather.
The graduation ceremony and speech will take place on September 13 and will be streamed live on the university's website.