The Annual Celebration Ceremony takes place in late October. It is an important ritual where the university installs its newly appointed professors, and celebrates honorary doctors, scientific award recipients and every third year medalist.
Honorary doctor, doctor honoris causa, is a doctoral degree that the faculty can assign a person as an honour. The honorary doctor can for example be considered having significant contact with the university, having achieved something extraordinary for the university, being a scientist from another country or being someone who, through his or her accomplishments, the university wants to tie to its research community.
The conferment of honorary doctorates
The conferment of honorary doctorates is similar to that for doctors. The promotor, a person appointed by the faculty to confer the degrees, asks the honorary doctor to receive the pleated hat or laurel wreath, the golden ring and the diploma.
The installation of newly appointed professors means that the professor is ceremoniously placed into office. The installation of professors is an important academic custom that exists at all universities in Sweden. It is also an opportunity to spread information on research as the professors’ areas of research are highlighted.
Awards are given to a person or a group of people to recognise and reward actions or achievements. The award recipents are given a diploma and a sum of money.
The medal is the university's finest award and is handed out every three years to people have made particularly important efforts for the university.
It is a long trradition at Umeå university that the new professors, honorary doctors and the award recipients are given the opportunity to hold a 20 minute long popular science lecture about their research. The lectures are held on the same day as the ceremony.
Umeå University’s Annual Awards Ceremony is open for the public and it lasts for about two hours.
At the start of the ceremony the honorary doctors, the new professors, the award recipients and medalist (every third year) will enter the auditorium in procession and take their seats on the stage. The Chairman of the University Board, the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the faculty deans be seated in the first row of the mezzanine.
The opening addresses will be followed by the conferment of honorary doctorates, the installation of new professors, and finally by the presentation of awards for scientific achievement and the medals (every third year).
The guests of honour make no speeches, but each presentation is followed by applause.
The audience are welcome to take photographs during the ceremony, but they should note that the lighting might not be sufficient for their needs.
After the ceremony there is an banquet for invited guests.