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St Andrews University Firework Celebrations

St. Andrew's Day fireworks

Scotland’s oldest University, St Andrews is celebrating its 600 years of teaching in explosive style this Saturday 14th September when the skies over the town explode with light and sound.

The event, a two-day academic commemoration ceremony is to be attended by a former first woman and current Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton. She is being offered an award along with seventeen other recipients who are said to hold the ‘best mind’s’ of our generation. She, unlike many other first ladies, was the first to hold a post-graduate degree before she entered the office and earned a great deal more than her husband Bill Clinton when they entered the White House.

Others being commemorated for their efforts are Tim Berners Lee, inventor or the worldwide web and a number of others from the academic world. The event starts off with a service of Thanksgiving on Friday followed by a procession back to the University quadrangle at St Salvators. This will be the first of a number of processions through the town.

On Saturday at 7:45pm, a torch-lit procession will lead to the harbour at St Andrew’s before the huge fireworks display, the funding of which has been donated by a well-wisher.

We are sure that the University has got several hundred years of teaching to go and offer our best wishes that the event goes to plan.

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Obama, Alice Cooper and Fireworks Display – Arizona Style

This year’s commencement ceremony at Arizona State University features rock star Alice Cooper, 71,000 people, a fireworks display and President Obama.

Cmdr. James Hardina, head of the ASU police force, said his biggest worry is the combination of 99-degree temperatures and long waits in security lines and for seats in Sun Devil Stadium, The Arizona Republic reported. He urged graduating seniors, their families and friends and others planning to attend, to begin drinking extra water long before the Wednesday afternoon and evening ceremony.

Cooper is to headline the pre-commencement show, along with marching and mariachi bands. The university plans to begin admitting people to the stadium at 2:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 4:45 a.m. and the last admittance at 7 p.m.

The fireworks, ending the festivities, are scheduled for just after 9 p.m.

Obama will be addressing his largest crowd since his inauguration.

The university caused a stir when officials said Obama would not get an honorary degree because of a policy against honoring politicians while they are in office. ASU as a substitute has created Barack Obama Scholarships and will award the first ones Wednesday.

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