Special guest at the 2013/2014 ceremony was Queen Máxima. She officially opened the new education building on Wageningen Campus: Orion. Queen Máxima was the second royal in six years to open a building on Wageningen Campus. In September 2007 Queen Beatrix opened Forum.
Speakers at the Academic Year Openings of Wageningen UR include former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, President of the French research institute INRA Marion Guillou, Chairman of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) Bernard Wientjes, World Wildlife Fund’s Senior Vice-President Jason Clay and various Dutch Ministers of Agriculture and Economic Affairs.