Thousands turn out for Suu Kyi at University of San Francisco

Noah Berger/APNobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets San Francisco's Burmese community during a talk at the University of San Francisco.

Noah Berger/APNobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets San Francisco's Burmese community during a talk at the University of San Francisco.

A crowd of 5,000 watched Saturday as Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi received an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco.

Suu Kyi spoke to the crowd in English for several minutes before switching to Burmese, addressing her fellow countrymen in the audience. The Bay Area is home to the nation’s largest Burmese community.

“Our country is on the verge of a new path,” she told the crowd. “We are just about to start out, but we are not along the way yet.”

Suu Kyi’s appearance at the university is part of her high-profile visit to the U.S. that has included a private meeting with President Barack Obama and standing ovations at awards ceremonies in Washington and New York, including at the United Nations. Suu Kyi, 67, has been a key player in Myanmar’s political transformation after a half-century of military rule.

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