His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will deliver the commencement address at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) in his mother, Princess Grace’s hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He will speak to the undergraduates during their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 9 May at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre at 10 am.
His Serene Highness will receive an honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters, as will the CEO and chief inventor of the business Ring, Jamie Siminoff. Ring is a doorbell and security system with a camera that allows people to see and speak to those who ring their doorbell from their phones from wherever they are. Siminoff will address the graduate ceremony later that afternoon.
This will be the first commencement ceremony since Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University combined on 1 July 2017.
Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health said in a press release, “Students in the Class of 2018 will always have the special distinction of being the first graduating class of the new Jefferson, fulfilling our promise as the preeminent professional university and supremely prepared to lead and succeed in our fast-changing evolving world. They will re-define humanly possible and make our world better.”
Prince Albert is no stranger to Philadelphia. He spent a lot of time in the city during his youth with his maternal family. His mother, American actress Grace Kelly, later The Princess of Monaco, was born and raised in Philadelphia. He bought her childhood home, on Henry Avenue, in the city last year. It will reopen to the public sometime this year. The Prince said last year that the plan is to use the home as regional offices for the Princess Grace Foundation and an exchange program with the Princess Grace Irish Library all while keeping the feel of the house mostly the same as he remembered from his childhood.
The home is just blocks away from the university where Albert will deliver remarks.