By Sandy Deneau Dunham
PLU Marketing & Communications
TACOMA, Wash. (May 1, 2015)—The public will have two opportunities to see His Majesty King Harald V of Norway on May 23 when he visits Tacoma in honor of Pacific Lutheran University’s 125 anniversary:
- during his arrival at PLU, at 11:15 a.m., and
- at the Tacoma Dome, where the King will deliver PLU’s Commencement address and receive an honorary degree, starting at 2:30 p.m.
The King’s visit to PLU is part of his official visit to Washington and Alaska in May. His activities at PLU and at Commencement represent his only public appearances in Washington.
Community members are invited to help welcome the King to PLU as he tours campus. Spectators may line the path leading to and around Centennial Plaza (“Red Square”). Music and entertainment arranged by PLU’s Scandinavian Cultural Center will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the crowd will receive free Norwegian and American flags to wave.
The public also is welcome at PLU’s Commencement ceremony at the Tacoma Dome, where the King will receive a Doctor of Laws jure dignitatis.