Academic traditions at Uppsala university
Uppsala University has many ancient traditions, symbols and ceremonies that live on and are a natural part of academic Uppsala today. One tradition that makes its mark on the whole city is the celebration of Valborg – or 30 April – which lasts from the break of day until late at night.
Ringing of the Uppsala Cathedral bell
When Uppsala University was founded in 1477, the Church and the University were intimately connected institutions. These days, the University’s links with the Church are gone, but one custom that remains to remind us of olden days is that the great bell of Uppsala Cathedral still rings out at the University’s major academic ceremonies.