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Spring Graduation

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The Spring Graduation is one of the University's two academic celebrations. During two days in May the University's jubilee doctors and new doctors are celebrated.

New doctor who wants to be conferred

Information for new doctors to be conferred at the Spring Graduation.

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Guests attending the Spring Graduation

Information regarding invited guests attending the Spring Graduation.

Spring Graduation 2024

The upcoming Spring Graduation is will be held Saturday, 18 May.


Saturday, 18 May


The University's academic ceremonies originate from medieval European academic institutions. The ceremonies follow special rituals, with some expressions in Latin and special symbols of academic freedom, so-called doctoral insignia. You can find more information about the ceremonial procedure and what the terms being used mean, through the links at the bottom of this page.

The Spring Graduation Ceremony is open to the public. The Ceremony is mostly held in Swedish, with an exception if the doctor or jubilee doctor does not speak Swedish. If so, their receival of their diploma during the Spring Graduation Ceremony is held in English. You are, of course, still warmly welcome to attend the Spring Graduation Ceremony.

The Spring Graduation Ceremony begins in the afternoon with the doctors and jubilee doctors entering the auditorium in procession and taking their seats on stage.

The entire ceremony lasts for about 1.5 to 2 hours.


After the ceremony there is a banquet for invited guests including the doctors and jubilee doctors.

Contact us

Reach the staff behind the Spring Graduation on promotion@umu.se.

Peter Sköld, +46 90-786 63 47, master of ceremonies
Hanna Karlsson, +46 90-786 55 83, communications officer

About being conferred as a doctor

It is optional to be conferred. If you want to, you can postpone your participation to a year that suits you. Doctors are only conferred at the Spring Graduation, not at the Annual Celebration in the autumn.

To be conferred at the Spring Graduation you must apply for your doctoral degree no later than one month before the Spring Graduation Ceremony is held.

If you are interested in being conferred at the 2025 Spring Graduation, please fill in your information in this form and you will receive an email when registration opens in the beginning of 2025.

Spring Graduation in the coming years

17 May 2025

23 May 2026

22 May 2027

20 May 2028

19 May 2029

18 May 2030

A film about the Spring Graduation Ceremony

This is a short film that describes what happens on stage at the Spring Graduation Ceremony. The film is in Swedish and has English subtitles. Choose subtitles and language through the cogwheel icon.

Latest update: 2024-04-11