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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 15 April 2021)


Information for honorary doctors and for newly appointed professors

Find out more about what to expect, what to wear and the timeframes to follow for the 2019 Annual Celebration on 18 and 19 October.


17 October
Last day to submit any Powerpoint presentation for the lecture

If you would like to use a Powerpoint presentation please submit it to The presentation will be available on the computer in the lecture hall on Saturday to ease the transition between speakers. Your presentation will not be passed on to other parties.

If you are unable to submit your presentation by the deadline, you must bring your presentation on a USB stick or bring your own computer with your presentation.

Cancellation to the banquet

Please send cancellations to You do not have to pay for cancellations made up to Monday 14 October at 12:00.

The Annual Celebration - times and information

No dress code applies unless otherwise stated.

Friday 18 October

Inauguration of the exhibition
At 11:00–11:30, University Library
No dress code applies

An exhibition of the honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients is presented in the research hall of the University Library in the Social Sciences Building. 

  • It would be nice if you can attend, but it is optional.

Faculty lunch
At 12:00, Hjorton, the Universum Restaurant
No dress code applies

Each faculty will host a lunch for their honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. 

  • An invitation has been sent from your faculty.

At 13:30 until aprox. 15:00, Aula Nordica
No dress code applies

At the rehearsal, the details of the ceremony will be described and somewhat rehearsed. 

  • Attending the rehearsal is mandatory and very important.

Vice-Chancellor's reception
At 18:00–20:00, P5, Väven.
Dress code: Dark suit.

Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson will host a reception where you can enjoy some canapés, wine and mingle with the other new professors, award recipients and honorary doctors. You may bring one accompanying guest.

  • For registered guests.

 Dark suit at the reception

A dark suit (dark blue, black or dark grey) with a white shirt and a tie or a fly in any colour or pattern, but not black or white.

A dress or skirt and a top, in any colour and pattern, of a finer fabric, for instance silk, velvet or crepe. The length of the dress or skirt should be below the knee, however, it should not be a long dress or skirt. It can be combined with a little jacket or a short cardigan.

Saturday 19 October

At 9:00–12:00, MIT Building and Natural Sciences Building
No dress code applies

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

The lecture programme.

Create your own lecture programme.

 Information about the lectures
 For new professors or award recipients who are employed at Umeå University

If you will use a Powerpoint presentation, use the university's Powerpoint presentation template.

Gathering before the ceremony
At 16:00, Universitetsklubben.
Dress code: Formal.

There will be a gathering for those who will walk in the procession. You must be there by 16:30 at the latest. Before the ceremony, you will line up outside the auditorium under the instructions of the faculty marshalls.

  • All new professors, award recipients and honorary doctors must participte in the gathering.

At 17:00, Aula Nordica.
Dress code: Formal.

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 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. You make no speeches, but each presentation is followed by applause.

Watch the 2018 ceremony

A group photo will be taken and the ceremony will be filmed. The audience are allowed to film and take photos.

Banquet and dance
At 19:00, Universum Restaurant.
Dress code: Formal.

The Universum Restaurant is in the same building as Aula Nordica, so the banquet begins immediately 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 non-alcoholic refreshments. After coffee has been served, the orchestra Renhornen will play and those who want are welcome to dance.

After the dinner, a photographer will take individual photos or group photos.

Speeches during dinner

A number of brief speeches will be made during dinner. The speakers concerned has been asked in advance.

 Formal attire at the gathering, the ceremony and the banquet

You must wear formal dress, i.e.

  • white tie and tails (in Swedish: svart frack med vit väst och vit fluga)
  • long evening gown/skirt with separate top in the colour of your choice
  • academic gown
  • national costume.

Any headgear that comes with your outfit should not be worn in the procession or at the ceremony. If you have questions about your outfit please contact

Ribbons and doctoral hats
The ribbon of an order may be worn. Only the dean and the honorary doctors of the Faculty of medicine participating in the ceremony will wear doctoral hats.

Rent white tie and tails
In Umeå you can, at you own expence, rent white tie and tails including black patent shoes at Högtidskläder, Västra Norrlandsgatan 22 A, tel. +46(0)90-77 02 17. To rent white tie and tails, you need to let Högtidskläder know (all in centimetres):

  • the size of your collar
  • your suit size
  • the width of your chest
  • the width of your waist
  • the sleeve length from your shoulder
  • inseam trouser length (from crotch).


Information for you who have invited guests


Cost for guests attending the banquet
You and one accompanying person are guests of the University at the banquet. If you invite others guests, the fee is SEK 900 for adults and SEK 600 for adolescents under the age of 18. The invoice will be sent to you in November.

Seating plan for the banquet
You and you guests will sit together at the banquet. No tickets are needed.


Your guests attending the banquet will be appointed reserved seats at the ceremony.

You may also reserve seats for guests just attending the ceremony.

We do not recommend bringing small children to the ceremony.

Information for your guests

You invite your guests yourself and give them the information they need for now, for example information about dress code, time and date.

Information about the reserved seats for your guests at the ceremonywill be sent to you by e-mail a few days prior to the ceremony.

Dress code for your guests

Your guests attending both the ceremony and the banquet must wear formal dress, i.e.

  • white tie and tails
  • long evening gown/skirt with separate top in the colour of your choise
  • academic gown
  • national costume.

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

Guests only attending the ceremony may dress as they please.

Ribbons and doctoral hats
The ribbon of an order may be worn. Only the dean and the honorary doctors of the Faculty of medicine participating in the ceremony will wear doctoral hats.

Contact us

Reach the staff behind the Spring Graduation on

Charlotte Wiberg, +46 70-201 15 40, Master of Ceremonies
Marika Wahlberg, +46 90-786 64 64, +46 73-052 29 23, Communications Officer
Maud Lie, +46 90-786 68 54, Administrator

Film: Film from the ceremony 2018
Film from the ceremony 2018