Spring Conferment Ceremony

The Conferment Ceremony is a ceremony for all who have completed their PhDs during the year. The people of Uppsala recognise the day because cannon salutes are fired in the morning and during the actual ceremony. Apart from new PhDs, jubilee doctorates will also be conferred during the Spring Conferment Ceremony.

In the ceremonial conferment act in the University Main Building, the new PhDs receive their symbols of honour: a diploma, and a hat or laurel wreath. 

The Conferment Ceremony starts at 12:00 with the entry procession and welcoming words from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eva Åkesson. The festivities continue into the evening, with a banquet in the Hall of State at Uppsala Castle for the new PhDs, jubilee doctors, relatives and invited guests.

Programme for the Conferment Ceremony 24 May 2017

(All times are precise.)

07:00 Cannon salute, first at 07:00 from Uppsala Castle, and later during the ceremony,
performed by gunners from Jämtlands fältartilleri.

08:00 The large Cathedral bell is rung.

11:30 The doors to the Grand Auditorium are opened. The public are welcome to attend. Tickets are required for admission. (Tickets can be collected for free at the reception desk at S:t Olofsgatan 10B on 23 May, 08:00–12:00 and 12:45–16:30. On 24 May, tickets can be collected in the entrance hall of the University Main Building from 10:00 until the ceremony begins.)

11:45 Promotors, promovendi and other participants of the academic procession gather in the University Main Building’s gallery in accordance with the instructions provided in the order of procession.

12:00 The audience must have taken their seats.

12:15 The Conferment Ceremony begins with the entry procession.

Welcoming words by Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.

Lecture by the Faculty of Medicine’s degree conferrer, Professor Ulf Landegren, on the topic of molecular tools for health assessments (given in Swedish).

Conferment in eight of the University’s nine faculties.

Congratulatory speech to this year’s Jubilee doctors, presented by the President of the Uppsala Student Union, Daniel Simmons.

Talk by Jubilee doctor Professor Leif Lewin.

The procession exits the Grand Auditorium. (Guests are asked to remain seated until the procession has exited in its entirety.)

The conferment ceremony music is performed by the Royal Academic Orchestra conducted by Director Musices, Professor Stefan Karpe.

The cannon salute, first at 07:00 from Uppsala Castle, later during the Conferment Ceremony from outside the University Main Building, is performed by Jämtlands fältartilleri.

If you have any questions please contact doktorspromotion@uadm.uu.se.

Spring Conferment Ceremony