DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Administrators at Northern Illinois University have awarded an honorary doctorate degree to a Thai princess.
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the DeKalb university Wednesday to receive the honorary the degree.
Her visit came as the school marks the 50th anniversary of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
The 58-year-old already has advanced degrees in history, and languages and educational development.
She's the second oldest daughter of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Her 85-year-old father ascended to the throne in 1946 and is now the world's longest-serving monarch.
Thailand has about 66 million people and is a constitutional monarchy. Its government is run by an elected parliament and prime minister.
During Wednesday's ceremony, Sirindhorn said she was glad to highlight the relationship between the U.S. and Thailand.