Swansea University celebrated its centenary on Sunday with special messages from two very well known faces.
Amongst those wishing the university a happy 100th birthday were Prince Charles and former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.
In a special video message, Prince Charles recalled how his great-grandfather King George V laid the foundation stone of the university in Singleton Park on July 19, 1920.
The Prince praised the university’s response to the coronavirus crisis, saying: “I have been immensely heartened to hear of the hard work of the University’s students, staff and partners to support the local, national, and international community throughout the pandemic. For instance, medical and healthcare students joining the front line and providing vital support to the NHS, staff manufacturing crucial PPE and hand sanitiser for local health boards and partners, university accommodation offered to key workers unable to be at home and student volunteers working with vulnerable groups, using telephone support and online activities to keep the community connected.”
He closed his message by congratulating the university on reaching its special milestone and saying: “The celebrations on this occasion are an opportunity not only to reflect on the university’s achievements and journey over the past century, but also to look to the future and to the university’s commitment to meeting the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow and beyond.”
Joining Prince Charles in celebrating the university's centenary was former US secretary of state Hilary Clinton, who received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 2017.