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For jubilee doctors wishing to be conferred in 2024

As a jubilee doctor, you are warmly welcome to the Spring Graduation on 17-18 May 2024. You may choose if you wish to be conferred on site, or in your absence. Regardless of which, there are a few things you need to know and do before the Spring Graduation.

Registration to the Spring Graduation

A jubilee doctor is a doctor that earnt their doctoral degree 50 years ago. We hope that you want to participate in the 2024 Spring Graduation and to do so you need to register.

Registration is closed.

If you have any questions about your registration, or if you do not wish to be conferred to jubilee doctor, please contact us at promotion@umu.se.

If you wish to be conferred in your absence

When you are conferred in your absence, you do not participate in any of the events, but your name will be presented in the programme publication and you will be mentioned and conferred in your absence at the Ceremony. After the event, you will receive a diploma by post. The Spring Graduation Ceremony will be broadcast live on umu.se/live if you wish to see it.

If you wish to be conferred on site at the Spring Graduation Ceremony

Acquire your doctoral insignia

If you belong to the Faculty of Medicine, (including the former Faculty of Odontology) you will be conferred with a doctoral hat. Take the hat with you to the rehearsal. If you do not have a hat, you can borrow one from someone who has previously been conferred, or buy a new one.

If you belong to one of the other faculties, you will be conferred with a laurel wreath. The University will order a laurel wreath on your behalf once you have registered for which you will be invoiced SEK 550 after the Spring Graduation. You will get to try the laurel wreath on at the rehearsal.

Read more about the doctoral hat, the laurel wreath and other doctoral insignia and how to acquire them.

Prepare your attire according to the dress codes

The Graduation Ceremony requires a certain dress code for guests of honour, but also for your guests. This means that you need to wear formal attire (white tie) for some of the events. You can purchase, hire or borrow clothes. Please make sure to prepare in good time before the Spring Graduation.

Learn what dress codes apply for each event.

Mandatory and optional events related to the Spring Graduation

A couple of events connected to the Spring Graduation are mandatory if you wish to be conferred at the Ceremony. The mandatory events are specified in the programme.

Cost of the Spring Banquet and other practical issues

The faculty will pay for you and one accompanying guest to attend the Spring Banquet.

If you wish to invite additional guests, you need to cover the costs of their cover charge: SEK 950 per adult and SEK 650 per child under the age of 18. After the Spring Graduation, you will receive an invoice of these costs to the address you have stated in your registration.

Any costs incurred by obtaining clothing suitable to the dress code, for travel or accommodation, you need to cover yourself. If travel, accommodation or clothing is needed it is up to you to make the arrangements.

Programme Friday, 17 May

At 9:00–10:00 (approximate finishing time) in Aula Nordica  
No dress code 

It is mandatory to participate in the rehearsal if you wish to be conferred on site. At the rehearsal, you will go through the Ceremony and practise the procession, taking your seat on stage and the procedures during the conferment ceremony.

Need for assistance in the procession

The procession proceeds into Aula Nordica, down a number of steps of the auditorium and then up a few steps onto the stage. If you wish, a student marshal can walk beside you during the procession. It is also possible to join the procession just before it walks up on stage, or join the stage from the VIP lounge just behind the stage. If you need assistance, please make a note of this in your registration or email us at promotion@umu.se.

Bring your doctoral hat and try out your laurel wreath

Jubilee doctors of the Faculty of Medicine (including the former Faculty of Odontology) must bring your doctoral hat to the rehearsal.

If you are a doctor of any of the other faculties, you will get to try out your laurel wreath after the rehearsal. 

At 18:00–20:00 at P5 in Väven in central Umeå 
Dress code: Business informal attire

The Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University invites jubilee doctors and doctors to a reception the day before the Spring Graduation Ceremony. You are welcome to bring one guest. Drinks and snacks are served. Registration is needed. 

Programme Saturday, 18 May

At 15:00 (location to be published)
Dress code: Formal attire (white tie)

At the mandatory Procession Reception, jubilee doctors and doctors participating in the Ceremony get a chance to meet other guests of honour before lining up for the procession into Aula Nordica.

Your guests will not attend the Procession Reception but are instead welcome to mingle with other guests before taking their seats in the auditorium around 15:30 when the doors open.

At 16:00 in Aula Nordica 
Dress code for jubilee doctors: Formal attire (white tie)

The Spring Graduation Ceremony starts by doctors and jubilee doctors walking in procession to their seats on stage, where you will remain during the Ceremony.

Jubilee doctors and doctors will be conferred faculty-wise by receiving their doctoral insignia. The Ceremony is open to the public and will generally take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

At 18:00 in Restaurant Lingon, Universum 
Dress code: Formal attire (white tie) or semi-formal attire 

The Spring Banquet for registered guests starts with a glass of bubbly beverage straight after the Ceremony. Starter, main course and dessert will be served with wine or non-alcoholic options. Pre-registered speeches will be held over the course of the evening. After coffee is served, the dance floor opens up to music by Renhornen.

Dress code

This information explains what the different dress codes mean. If you have questions regarding the dress code, please contact promotion@umu.se.

Business informal attire
Dress code at the Vice-Chancellor's Reception

You and your guest attending the Vice-Chancellor’s Reception must wear:

  • suit or a jacket with trousers (not jeans) with a white or discreetly-coloured shirt, a bow tie or a tie. The suit or jacket may be light or dark;
  • dress, skirt or trouser suit. The dress or skirt length is short, which means below the knee; or
  • a trouser suit more elegant than everyday wear. 

Formal attire (white tie)
Dress code for jubilee doctors during the Procession Reception and Ceremony 

You must wear:

  • long dress or skirt with a top in any colour. The dress or skirt must be floor-length;
  • black tails with a white shirt, white bow tie and a white waistcoat;
  • academic gown; or
  • formal national costume or folk costume.

Any headgear matching your outfit must not be worn during the procession or the Ceremony. You may wear one or several decorations.

Dress code for your guests at the Ceremony

If you have guests only attending the Spring Graduation Ceremony, but not the Spring Banquet, these guests do not need to follow any dress code. However, those of your guests who will attend the Spring Banquet are recommended to dress according to the Spring Banquet dress code for the Ceremony too.

Formal attire (white tie) or semi-formal attire
Dress code at the Spring Banquet

All guests attending the Spring Banquet must wear:

  • long, ankle-length or short (below the knee) dress or skirt more elegant than everyday wear;
  • black tails with a white shirt, white waistcoat and white bow tie;
  • dark blue, dark grey, dark green or dark brown suit with a white shirt and tie or bow tie;
  • folk or national costume; or
  • academic gown.

Children may wear a fancy dress or only a white shirt (suitably with a tie or bow tie) and trousers. 

You may wear one or several decorations. Only conferrers, doctors and jubilee doctors of the Faculty of Medicine who have participated in the  Ceremony wear doctoral hats.

Doctoral insignia

Doctoral insignia are the symbolic items awarded the doctor at the doctoral conferment: a doctoral hat or laurel wreath, and diploma.

Doctoral hat

All jubilee doctors on site from the Faculty of Medicine (including the former Faculty of Odontology), you will be conferred with a doctoral hat. Take the hat with you to the rehearsal. Here are some suggestions if you do not already have a doctoral hat.

Borrow a hat

You can borrow a doctoral hat from someone who has been conferred in previous years. Ask your colleagues or friends about this in ample time. A black doctoral hat from other universities is also acceptable.

Buy a hat

You can buy a doctoral hat at your own expense. Contact promotion@umu.se if you wish to know what hat suppliers are available.

Learn more about what hat emblem you should have.

Laurel wreath

All jubilee doctors on site from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, or the former Faculty of Philosophy, are conferred with a laurel wreath witch the University will order. The cost, SEK 550, will be invoiced to the jubilee doctor after the Spring Graduation. The laurel wreath is adjustable and will be tried on at the rehearsal.


The diploma is a gift from the faculty. Jubilee doctors participating on site will receive their diplomas at the Ceremony. Jubilee doctors conferred in their absence will receive their diplomas by post after the Spring Graduation. 

Find your way

Maps to the buildings

On campus in the Universum building

Aula Nordica

Restaurant Lingon

Restaurant Hjortron


P5, Väven



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