In 2018, Queen's University officials awarded Clinton with an honorary degree of doctor of laws for her "exceptional public service in the U.S. and globally," and "outstanding contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland."
"Secretary Clinton has made a considerable contribution to Northern Ireland and as an internationally recognized leader will be an incredible advocate for Queen’s and an inspirational role model for the Queen's community,” Stephen Prenter, pro-chancellor and chair of the university's governing body, said Thursday in a news release.
Clinton was serving as first lady when she first visited Northern Ireland in 1995 with her husband, then-President Bill Clinton. In 2018, she called Belfast "a special place for me and my family."
Bill Clinton was the first American president to visit Northern Ireland while in office, according to BBC News. During the 1995 trip, the Clintons visited local representatives and turned on the Christmas lights outside Belfast City Hall, the news network reported.
Since then, Hillary Clinton has visited Northern Ireland several times, including a 1999 visit in which she acted as keynote speaker to a 1999 women's conference, the Independent reported.