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Sir Sean Connery and Principal Louise Richardson to ring opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange

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Sir Sean Connery will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) tomorrow at 9.30am EST (2.30 pm UK) with the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews Professor Louise Richardson, to ring the opening bell which marks the start of the day’s trading session for the world’s largest stock exchange, a task broadcast to more than 100 million people worldwide.

Sir Sean Connery and Principal Richardson have been granted this honour in recognition of the University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary celebrations. The University is currently celebrating its 600th Anniversary spanning three calendar years from 2011 to 2013. The Anniversary marks the formal charter granted by Bishop Henry Wardlaw in February 1411 and the achievement of full university status conferred by Pope Benedict XIII by Papal Bull in 1413.

Since 1995, the NYSE has invited notable people to ring its opening and closing bells. Sir Sean and Principal Richardson follow such figures as Nelson Mandela, Rudy Giuliani, Liza Minnelli, the Pink Panther, Gene Simmons, and the New Kids on the Block onto the ornate bell podium and one of the USA’s highest-profile red carpets.

Sir Sean and Principal Richardson are in New York for the US premiere of “Ever to Excel” – the first ever cinematic account of the foundation and development of Scotland’s first University. The film marks Sir Sean Connery’s return to the silver screen – having been coaxed out of retirement to help tell the story of the University of St Andrews.

The film will be premiered tonight (Wednesday 16 May 2012) at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). The event will be a private fundraising event for alumni, donors and friends of the University.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews Professor Louise Richardson said:

“It is a great honour and privilege to be invited to ring the famous bell for the world’s largest stock exchange to mark our ancient institution’s 600th birthday. I hope that the bell will ring in great financial results, not only for those on the floor but also for our 600th Anniversary Campaign in the years ahead.”

Notes to News Editors

Photos of the bell ringing will be available from the Associated Press after the event.

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