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Scotlandís University of St. Andrews Celebrates 600th Anniversary


On Thursday, May 17, Professor Louise Richardson, Principal of the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and the actor Sir Sean Connery visit the NYSE and ring The Opening Bell. St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English speaking world, is celebrating its 600th Anniversary. Sir Sean and Professor Richardson are in New York for the world premiere of Ever to Excel, a new film telling the story of the ancient university. Sir Sean, who narrates and appears in the film, is an honorary graduate of St Andrews.

Professor Louise Richardson, Principal of the University of St Andrews, and Actor Sir Sean Connery ring The Opening BellSM.

 Watch the video of the ringing.

About The University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413 in the town of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Over six centuries it has grown to become one of the world's leading universities in the Arts, Sciences, Medicine and Divinity. It is one of Europe's most international seats of learning, its students and faculty come from over 120 countries and it counts many US citizens among its current undergraduates and alumni. It is known for its preeminence in the Arts and Humanities, in biological sciences research and the study of international relations, terrorism and political violence. St Andrews counts among its graduates William and Catherine, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, the writer and New Yorker contributor Alastair Reid, the financier Oliver Sarkozy and the eminent psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison. The University is marking its 600th Anniversary with a £100 million philanthropic fundraising campaign to support new scholarships. Prince William is Patron of the fundraising campaign. The University is led by Professor Louise Richardson, formerly Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. The renowned Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery has lent his enthusiastic support to St Andrews fundraising appeal, giving his time and talent freely to help make Ever to Excel, a new film charting St Andrews long history. The film is directed by Murray Grigor, the eminent Scottish film maker and St Andrews graduate. It has its premiere in front of a select audience of alumni and supporters at the French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York on May 16 2012.