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January 17, 2000

Queen Noor to Deliver Baccalaureate Address

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, a member of the Princeton class of 1973, will deliver this year's Baccalaureate address. Baccalaureate, the interfaith worship service that marks the end of the school year, will take place on Sunday, May 28, in the University Chapel.

Queen Noor, born Lisa Najeeb Halaby, earned a BA degree in architecture and urban planning at Princeton, where she was a member of the first co-educational class. Her work on international urban planning projects brought her to Jordan where she was involved in planning an aviation training school and where she met King Hussein.

Since her marriage to King Hussein in 1978, Queen Noor has worked to promote international understanding of Middle Eastern politics, Arab-Western relations and other global issues. In Jordan and around the world, she has been an active force behind initiatives in the areas of disarmament and peace, education, women and children's welfare, community development, human rights, environment and architectural conservation, culture, and public architecture and planning.

Since the death of King Hussein last year, Queen Noor has chaired the King Hussein Foundation, an international non-governmental organization established by royal decree to give meaningful expression to the late King's humanitarian vision and legacy with emphasis on democracy and peace, education and leadership, environment and health.

For further information about Queen Noor, please see her website at

Note for Media: Entrance to the Chapel during the Baccalaureate ceremony will be limited to students and members of the University community who have received tickets in advance. The ceremony will be broadcast to a seating area in front of the Chapel where press are invited to sit. Photo opportunities are limited to the academic processional and recessional outside.