124 new PhDs at the Spring Conferment Ceremony

26 May 2015

The new doctors receive diplomas and a hat or a wreath at the conferment ceremony.

The 29 May is the day of Uppsala University’s Spring Conferment Ceremony. 124 new PhDs and 11 jubilee doctors will be conferred under festive forms in the University Grand Auditorium. The celebrations continue through the evening with dinner at Uppsala Castle.

At the festive conferment ceremony in the University Grand Auditorium the new PhDs receive honorary symbols; a doctoral hat or a laurel wreath as well as a diploma. As PhDs they are also entitled to a third symbol, the ring. Those who received their PhD degrees fifty years ago are invited to the ceremony as jubilee doctors.

In the evening there will be dinner and dancing at Uppsala Castle. Almost 700 people usually take part in the conferment ceremony dinner – the new PhDs and jubilee doctors with their families, specially invited honorary guests as well as teachers and other employees.


07.00 Canon salute from the castle grounds

08.00 Ringing of the large bell in Uppsala Cathedral

11.30 The University Grand Auditorium is opened. Tickets are required for admission, which can be collected for free at the caretakers office in the entrance hall of the University Main Building starting on Thursday 28 May 12.00.

11.45 Promotors, promovendi and other participants of the academic procession gather in the galleries of the University Main Building, in accordance with instructions given in the order of procession.

12.15 The Conferment Ceremony in the Grand Auditorium begins with the academic procession.

Welcoming words by Vice-Chancellor Professor Eva Åkesson.

Lecture by the promotor of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Professor Eva Forsberg on the curriculum of life.

Conferment in all nine faculties. During the conferment, music will be performed composed by Stefan Karpe, Lars-Erik Larsson, Jean Sibelius and others.

After the conferment in the faculties of theology, law, medicine and pharmacy, words of remembrance are spoken by Professor Carl Fredrik Bergström, promotor at the Faculty of Law, over the deceased among those conferred in 1965.

Congratulatory speech to this year’s jubilee doctors by Caisa Lycken, president of Uppsala Student Union.

Address by jubilee doctor, docent Torgny Nevéus.

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

The music during the ceremony is performed by the Royal Academic Orchestra conducted by director musices, professor Stefan Karpe.

The cannon salute in the morning at 7:00 and during the ceremony is performed by Jämtlands fältartilleri.

Read more about the conferment ceremony.