Information for new professors and award recipients

No dresscode unless otherwise stated

Friday 21 October

Forenoon Inauguration of the exhibition, University Library.
The programme for the forenoon is not set yet. The complete programme will be announced in August.
14:30 - 16:00 Rehearsal of the ceremony at the university auditorium, Aula Nordica.
18:00 - 20.00 Vice-Chancellor’s reception at P5, Väven. Dress: Jacket. A separate invitation will be sent out.

Saturday 22 October

9:00 - 12:00 Lectures  of the honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. Humanities Building and Social Sciences Building.
16:30 Gathering in Universitetsklubben, Aula Nordica, before the ceremony.
17:00 Ceremony at Aula Nordica. Dress: Formal, i.e. white tie and tails,  long evening gown or academic gown. If you want to wear a national costume you should consult the Master of ceremonies.
19:00 Banquet at the Universum Restaurant. Dress: Formal.



Guest lecture

It is a tradition at Umeå University that honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients deliver a 20-minute popular lecture each on their field of research. The general public is welcome to attend. You can hold your lecture in English.

Your lecture will be held in the morning of 22 October and exact times will be announced later.

Personal guests to the banquet

You and one accompanying person are guests of the University at the banquet. There is also the possibility for you to invite others to the banquet at your own expense. The fee for banquet guests is SEK 870 for adults and SEK 500 for adolescents under the age of 18.

Register yourself and you guests to the banquet and submit the title of you lecture by 17 August.

You can add more guests to the ceremony and the banquet after you have submitted the web above. Please send name, any special dietary needs and age for adolescences under 18 years by 20 September to

Ceremony publication and film

In conjunction with the Awards ceremony, a small booklet – written in Swedish – will be published, containing brief presentations of honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. There will also be photographs of the guests of honour.

A film presenting the new profesors will be shown during the ceremony.

Information has been sent to you by e-mail. More information for professors.


Inauguration of the exhibition

University Library

In the research hall of the University Library there will be an exhibition on the honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. Dress code: Informal. We will announce the exact time later.

Please notice: The complete program for Friday is not finished yet. it will be announced in August.


At 14:30– approx.- 16:00 in Aula Nordica

At the rehearsal, the details of the ceremony will be described, and the honorary doctors will get the opportunity to try on their hats, rings and laurel wreaths. It is very important to attend the rehearsal. Dress code: Informal.

Vice-Chancellor’s reception

At 18:00–20:00 at P5, Väven

Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson will host a reception where you can mingle with the other honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients and enjoy some canapés and wine. Separate invitations will be sent out at a later date. Dress code: Jacket and tie suggested.


Guest lectures

Forenoon in Samhällsvetarhuset and Humanisthuset

New professors, award recipients and honorary doctors hold lectures for the general public.

Gathering before the ceremony

16:30 in Universitetsklubben

New professors, award recipients and honorary doctors will gather before lining up in the procession.


At 17:00 in Aula Nordica

At the start of the ceremony, the honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients will enter the auditorium in procession and take their seats on stage. The Vice-Chancellor, the faculty deans and the persons presenting the awards will be seated in the first row of the mezzanine. The opening addresses with the installation of the Vice-Chancellor 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 medals of merit. The guests of honour make no speeches, but each presentation is followed by applause.

In this short video of the ceremony, you can get a glimpse of the set-up.

Banquet and dance

At 19:00 in restaurant Universum

The banquet begins after the ceremony. Dinner will be preceded by a gathering and a welcome toast for the guests. At the dinner, a three-course meal will be served with wine or alcohol-free refreshments and the coffee will be followed by dancing.

Speeches during dinner

A number of brief speeches will be made during dinner. According to custom, one honorary doctor and one new professor will each make a speech on behalf of the guests of honour. The speakers concerned will be asked in advance.

Ceremony and banquet attire

You should wear formal dress, i.e. white tie and tails, long evening gown or academic gown. If you want to wear a national costume you should consult the Master of ceremonies.

The ribbon of an order may be worn. Only the Dean and the Honorary doctors of the Faculty of Medicine will wear the doctoral hat.

Your guest/guests attending both the ceremony and the banquet should also wear formal dress. Adolescents may dress less formally; girls usually wear a pretty dress, boys a white shirt with dark pants and a tie or bow tie.

In Umeå you can rent white tie and tails at Högtidskläder, Västra Norrlandsgatan 22 A, 903 29 Umeå, tel. 090-77 02 17.

Other members of the public who will only attend the award ceremony may dress as they please.

Page Editor: Marika Wahlberg

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Contact Information

Master of Ceremonies
Charlotte Wiberg
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden 

Visiting Address
University Liaison Building (Samverkanshuset), Level 3

Mobile:  +46 (0)70-201 15 40

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