Once a year SLU holds its doctoral award ceremony. Normally this is held in the beginning of October. New doctors as well as honorary doctors and jubilee doctors are then conferred their awards.
New doctors (doctores iuvenes)
Doctors having defended their theses after the last degree conferment ceremony has taken place, will be receiving an inquiry by the end of April/beginning of May, about whether or not they wish to take part in the coming degree conferment ceremony (normally at the beginning of October). To be able to participate in the conferment ceremony new doctors should have received their doctor’s degree by August 31 the same year. It is possible to postpone the conferment, but no longer than for three years.
Honorary doctors (doctores honoris causa)
At the same time, the degree of doctor honoris causa is conferred by the different faculties upon those having been awarded an honorary doctorate.
Jubilee doctors (doctores jubilaris)
Also, jubilee doctors will receive their diplomas at this ceremony. A jubilee doctor is an individual who was awarded his or her doctoral degree fifty years ago. He or she is invited back for a celebration and a tribute of gratitude.
The ceremony takes place in the main auditorium, Undervisningshuset, Ultuna.
After the degree conferment ceremony there is a dinner party at Uppsala Castle.
Frequently asked questions
When does the degree conferment ceremony take place?
In 2016, the conferment ceremony will take place on October 8. Lectures by doctores honoris causa will be given on October 7.
Those being awarded a degree are to wear full evening dress. For men, this means tails. With tails you are to wear a white waistcoat and a white bow-tie, black socks and black shoes. For women, evening gown (reaching to the feet). This applies to all taking part in the procession. You may also wear other types of evening dress, but please be sure to consult the master of ceremonies in advance.
Those who after the academic ceremony are to attend the banquet at Uppsala Castle are also to wear full evening dress. Guests not attending the banquet should wear dark lounge suit, dresses for ladies (length of own choice). Children and young people often wear just a white shirt and a tie or a bow-tie, dark trousers and dark shoes (boys) or dresses for young girls (length of choice).
Where can I find clothing for rental?
Look for ”Kläder – Uthyrning” in the telephone directory.
Are children allowed to attend the ceremony?
Small children must be accompanied by an adult (other than the promovend). Nevertheless, it might be a bit awkward for small children to attend a ceremony that lasts approximately 2,5 hours. If they do attend, and they become restless, they must then leave the auditorium. Children attending the banquet will be served the same food as all other guests, the price will be the same, etc. It is entirely up to the parents to judge whether their children may come to enjoy the party. Children and young people are always placed near their parents.
You may order another kind of food, if you are a vegetarian, vegan, allergic, or especially sensitive to a certain kind of food. Please let us know. You will find a space on the application form where you can fill in this information.
Non-alcoholic wine will be available. Table-water will be available to everybody.
Where will I be seated?
At the dinner party you will be seated with your guests and colleagues from the same department or faculty. Should you have special wishes regarding your placement, you can leave a message about this in the “message to the degree conferment committee” when making your registration on-line.
Where to get a doctoral hat?
Those of you being awarded a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine, agronomy, forestry or technology, will be needing a doctoral hat during the ceremony. You may borrow one from someone you know or from a colleague of yours or you can buy one. However, it is very important to note that the mark on the hat has to correspond to the doctoral degree which you are to be conferred. In our letter to promovendi you will find the names of several shops where you can order and purchase the doctoral hat. The doctoral hat is hand-made and must therefore be ordered well in advance.
Where to get a crown of laurels?
The crown of laurels is to be used for the conferment of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. All crowns of laurels are ordered by SLU. You will have to state the circumference measure of your head when making your registration on-line. You will be invoiced for the cost of the crown of laurels after the degree conferment ceremony has taken place.
Do I need to get a doctoral ring?
It is not obligatory to wear a doctoral ring. It is entirely up to you whether or not you want to purchase a doctoral ring and wear it. Only doctores honoris causa will receive a ring during the ceremony. If you want to buy a ring you will find the names of shops where you can order it in our letter to promovendi.
The diploma is a proof of the degree conferment. Those who do not participate in the ceremony do not receive a diploma.
For admission to the ceremony in the auditorium, a ticket is required. Tickets are free of charge and are ordered at the same time as you send in your application form. Students and staff/retired staff may, depending on seat availability, order their tickets through the internet. Promovendi are invited with one guest.
The auditorium will be open from 3 pm. Your guests should have taken their seats by 3.15pm. The ceremony lasts approximately 2,5 to 3 hours. During the ceremony, photographs are allowed to be taken by your guests, from their seats.
The banquet is held at the Hall of State of the Uppsala Castle. Bookings in advance and tickets are required in order to attend. The number of guests is limited.