Information for doctors

All doctors who have completed their post-graduate education at Umeå University with a doctoral degree can participate in the Spring Graduation.

You do not have to participate the same year you defend your thesis, you can do it later if you want to. You can find Spring Graduation up to 2020 under the headline Upcoming Spring Graduation.


The Spring Graduation 2018 is 19 May.


The registration will open in the middle of February 2018.

Here you can choose if you want to get an e-mail when the registration for 2018 is open

Set times

Friday 18 May

Aprox. 14:00 Rehearsal in Aula Nordica. No dress code.

Lördag 19 May

16:00 Ceremony in Aula Nordica. Dress code for doctors: Formal dress.
18:00 Banquet. Dress code: Formal or informal dress.

Here is information about the ceremony, doctoral insignia, banquet and the dress code.


The ceremony, held at the university auditorium “Aula Nordica”, begins with a procession where the doctors, jubilee doctors (doctors who had their doctoral degree conferred 50 years ago) and award recipients enter the auditorium.

The program starts with a speech by the Vice-Chancellor. The promotor from each faculty (usually the pro dean or vice dean) then begins to confer the jubilee doctors by handing over the diploma and then the doctors by handing over to the the insignia; doctoral hat/laurel wreath, the ring, and the diploma. Thereafter, the awards are distributed. The jubilee doctors, doctors and the award recipients do not give speeches. The ceremony ends with a recessional of the participants.

The ceremony lasts for about two hours and is highlighted by songs and music.

Who may witness the ceremony?

Everyone who wants to witness the ceremony are welcome and there is no need for tickets.

Seating at the ceremony

You, the other doctors, jubilee doctors and award recipients are seated on stage.

Your guests will sit in the auditorium. Some rows are reserved for special guests and for guests with special needs, i.e. disabilities, small children, baby stroller. The rest of the audience may sit where ever they like on seats that are not reserved.

Children at the ceremony

For children, the ceremony can be both long and boring, so we recommend that they stay at home. If that is not possible, someone must be prepared to take the child outside if it bothers the other guests.

Doctoral insignia

The insignias at the Conferment Ceremony are doctoral hat/ laurel wreath, doctoral ring and diploma.

You, who belong to the faculty of Medicine, are honored with a doctoral hat and you are responsible for getting hold of a hat. You can borrow, rent or buy one.

You who belong to of the faculties of Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Arts are honored with a laurel wreath. The University will order the laurel wreath, but you will pay for it yourself.

It is optionally to buy the doctoral ring. At the ceremony, those who bought the ring have already put them on, to avoid delays. The handover is therefore merely symbolic.

The diploma will only be given to doctors attending the ceremony.

More information on costs and how to get the insignia


The banquet starts after the ceremony with a welcome drink. A three course menu will be served with wine or alcohol-free refreshments. After the coffee there will be dancing. A number of brief speeches will be made during the dinner by speakers who have been asked in advance.

Who can participate?

  • Doctors, jubilee doctors, award recipients and their guests.
  • Employees and official guests invited by the University.
  • Employees who attend at their own expense.

You can invite friends, family, and colleagues. Children under the age of ten do not usually participate in the banquet. Please note that children under the age of 18 will have the same menu as the adults, but without the wine.

At the end of March the invitations from the University will be sent out and there will be information in News for employees for staff who wants to attend at their own expense.

How much does it cost?

You and one accompanying guest are invited for free to the banquet.

You may also, at your own expense, invite other guests. The cost for additional guests for 2017 was SEK 730 and SEK 480 for adolescents under age 18.

Seating at the banquet

You and your guests will sit together.

You should make a note at the web form if you, including your company, would like to be seated close to another newly conferred doctor/award recipient or other invited guest.

 Dress code

You must wear formal dress, i.e.

  • white tie and tails and white waistcoat
  • full-length evening gown
  • folk costume (formal wear)
  • national costume (formal wear)
  • academic gown

If you have a headgear that comes with your outfit it should not be worn in the procession or at the ceremony. If you are not sure about your aoutfit please contact

Audience who only attend the ceremony may dress as they please.

The audience, who will also participate in the banquet after the ceremony, should wear formal or informal evening dress, i.e.

  • white tie and tails and white waistcoat
  • long or short evening gown
  • dark business suit
  • national costume
  • folk costumes

Adolescents may dress less formally; a pretty dress or a white shirt with dark pants and a tie or a bow tie.

Ribbons and doctoral hats

The ribbon of an order may be worn. Only the promotor and the new doctors at the faculty of Medicine will wear doctoral hats.

Renting white tie and tails

In Umeå you can rent white tie and tails including black patent shoes at Högtidskläder, Västra Norrlandsgatan 22 A, tel. 090-77 02 17. To rent white tie and tails Högtidskläder needs to know:

  • the size of your collor
  • your suit size
  • the width of your chest
  • the width of your waist
  • the sleeve length from your shoulder
  • Inseam trouser length (from crotch) - all in centimeters.

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Upcomming Spring graduation

Saturday 19 May 2018

Saturday 18 May 2019

Saturday 30 May 2020

A short film - degree conferment

Here you can see the degree conferment of two docotors. They are also interview (in Swedish).