Umeå University invites all doctors who have completed their doctoral degree at the University to be conferred at the Spring Graduation.
Your conferment at the Spring Graduation does not need to take place the same year as you receive your doctoral degree certificate. It can take place later. You can see upcoming Spring Graduations further down on this page.
2021 Spring Graduation is cancelled
Due to the pandemic, the Vice-Chancellor has decided to cancel the 2021 Spring Graduation. An extra celebration, the Winter Graduation, will be held 4-5 February 2022 instead for the doctors, jubilee doctors and award recipients who have been affected by canceled celebrations in 2020 and 2021.
Winter Graduation 4-5 February 2022
The conditions for the Winter Graduation are not yet decided, but for you who are affected and want to participate, it will be mandatory to participate in the rehearsal and ceremony, but optionally to participate in the banquet.
At the rehearsal in Aula Nordica, we will explain the ceremonial process. You will be allocated a position in the procession and we will practice the procession and the recession, entry and exit. Some doctors will rehearse the conferment, and some award recipients will rehearse the award ceremony. No dress code is applied to the rehearsal.
The ceremony, held at the university auditorium Aula Nordica, begins with a procession where the doctors and award recipients enter the auditorium and take their seats on stage.
The programme starts with a speech by the Vice-Chancellor. The promotor from each faculty (usually the pro or associate dean) confers the doctors by handing over the insignia; doctoral hat/laurel wreath, the ring (a symbolic hand over), and the diploma. Thereafter, the awards are distributed. The doctors and the award recipients do not give speeches. The ceremony ends with a recession by the participants.
The ceremony is open to the public is highlighted by song and music.
The graduation ceremony publication
A publication – written in Swedish – of the doctors to be graduated will be handed out before the ceremony. The following is an example in English:
Anna Andersson Doctor of medicine. Doctoral thesis: Glucose and lipid metabolism in insulin resistance. Subject: Medicine
A three-course meal will be served with wine or alcohol-free refreshments. A number of brief speeches will be made during the dinner by speakers who have been asked in advance. You, who will have your degree conferred, are invited for free by the faculty.
Your attire at the gathering, ceremony and banquet: Formal
Banquet attire for doctors, jubilee doctors and award recipients at the ceremony
You must wear formal dress, i.e.
full-length evening gown or full-length skirt with a top in any colour
white tie and tails and white waistcoat
folk costume (formal wear)
national costume (formal wear)
You must not wear any headgear that comes with your outfit in the procession or at the ceremony. If you have questions about your outfit please contact email@example.com.
Ribbons and doctoral hats
The ribbon of an order may be worn. Doctoral hats will only be worn by the promotor, the jubilee doctors and doctors at the Faculty of Medicine participating in the ceremony.
Renting white tie and tails
In Umeå, you can, at you own expense, 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 (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).
YOUR DOCTORAL INSIGNIA AT THE CEREMONY
Your doctoral insignia and what you need to do
Doctoral hat or laurel wreath, doctoral ring and diploma are the insignias at the conferment ceremony.
Doctors of the Faculty of Medicine are honoured with a doctoral hat You are responsible for arranging a hat. You can borrow, rent or buy one.
Doctors of the Faculties of Science and Technology, Social Sciences or Arts are honoured with a laurel wreath The University orders the laurel wreath, but you pay for it yourself. You get a cance to try your laurel wreath after the rehearsal. If you want to, you may buy a doctoral hat to use in later festive settings.
It is optional 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 The University orders and pays for the diploma. Please note that the diploma does not replace the official degree certificate.