Information for new professors and award recipients

No dresscode unless otherwise stated

Friday 21 October

10:00 -
Inauguration of the exhibition, University Library.
11:00 -
A road to peace
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Denis Mukwege talks about the fight for peace in Congo.
12:30 Faculty lucnh. Each faculty sends out invitations.
14:00 - 15:30 Rehearsal of the ceremony at the university auditorium, Aula Nordica.
18:00 - 20.00 Vice-Chancellor’s reception at P5, Väven. Dress: Jacket. R.S.V.P by 11 October.

Saturday 22 October

9:00 - 12:00 Guest lectures; honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. Humanities Building and Social Sciences Building.
Programme in Swedish
16:30 Gathering in Universitetsklubben, Aula Nordica, before the ceremony.
17:00 Ceremony at Aula Nordica. Dress: Formal.
19:00 Banquet at the Universum Restaurant. Dress: Formal.


Inauguration of the exhibition

10:00-10:30 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. Honorary doctor Ella Nilsson will hold a lecture in Swedish.

A road to peace

11:00-12:00 Aula Nordica

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Denis Mukwege talks (in English) about the fight for peace in Congo.


At 14:00– approx.- 15:30 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. Dress code: Jacket and tie suggested.

R.S.V.P by 11 oktober. You and one accompanying guest can also reserve seats to the showing of the film "The Man Who mends women" about Dr. Denis Mukwege.


Guest lectures

9:00-11:30 Samhällsvetarhuset and Humanisthuset

New professors, award recipients and honorary doctors deliver a 20-minute popular lecture each on their field of research. The general public is welcome to attend.

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.

You and one accompanying person are guests of the University at the banquet. If you have invited others guests the fee is SEK 870 for adults and SEK 500 for adolescents under the age of 18. The invoice will be sent out in November.

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 have been 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 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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