Winter Conferment Ceremony to be held soon

21 January 2016

The cannon salutes at conferment ceremonies date back to the early 19th century. At 07.00 on the day of the conferment, the first salutes are fired from the northern tower of Uppsala castle.

76 PhDs and 18 honorary doctorates will be conferred and several awards and medals will be bestowed at the formal Winter Conferment Ceremony on 29 January in the Grand Auditorium of the University Main Building.

The ceremony is a degree conferment celebration for those who have received PhDs during the year. Uppsala residents recognise the day because cannon salutes are fired in the morning and during the Conferment Ceremony.

In the solemn Conferment Act in the Grand Auditorium of the University Main Building, the new PhDs receive their symbols of honour: a ring, a diploma, and a hat or laurel wreath. Honorary doctorates are also awarded to distinguished individuals from Sweden and abroad. In addition, awards and distinctions will be bestowed on selected recipients.

The conferment ceremony in the Grand Auditorium is set to begin at noon, with a procession entering and a welcome greeting by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eva Åkesson. The proceedings will continue through the evening, with a Conferment Banquet in the former Hall of State at Uppsala Royal Castle for the new PhDs, jubilee doctors, and honorary doctors and their relatives, invited honorary guests, and teachers and other staff.

Programme for the Winter Conferment Ceremony on 29 January 2016

(All times are precise)

07.00 Cannon salute by artillerists, both at 07.00 a.m. from the castle grounds, and during the Conferment Ceremony.

08.00 Ringing of the large bell in Uppsala Cathedral.

11.30 The University Grand Auditorium is opened to everyone, including the public. (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 28 January 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 Arts, Professor Gunnel Ekroth on (holy) waste in Ancient Greek religion.

Conferment in all nine faculties.

During the conferment, music will be performed composed by F. Couperin, J.F.C. Haeffner, J.A. Josephson, S. Karpe, F. Kreisler, L.-E. Larsson, J. Sibelius, D. Wirén and others. There will also be a musical interlude performed by opera singer Maria Mayazova Milder of works composed by A. Dvořák, F. Lehár och G. Puccini. The music during the ceremony will be performed by the Royal Academic Orchestra conducted by director musices, Professor Stefan Karpe.

Award ceremonies.

The procession exits the auditorium.

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

Hosts of the conferment ceremony: Vice-Chancellor Professor Eva Åkesson and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Anders Malmberg.

Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctorate or doctorate honoris causa is a distinction that the respective faculties bestow upon individuals they wish to honour and incorporate into their research community. The tradition originates from 1839, when the first honorary master’s degree, as it was then called, was conferred at Uppsala.

Read more about the honorary doctorates awarded at the Winter Conferment Ceremony

Awards and medals bestowed as part of the conferment ceremony:

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Read more about the Degree Conferment celebrations at Uppsala University

Read more about the cannon salutes and bell ringing