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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

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)
  • academic gown.

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

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 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. 

More information about how to get hold of the doctoral insignia.

Order the doctoral insignia
Order the doctoral insignia

Here you can find information on how to order the doctoral hat, laurel wreath and doctoral ring.

The degree conferment of two doctors

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

Contact us

Reach the staff behind the Spring Graduation on

Elena Lindholm, +46 90-786 52 44, Marshal
Marika Wahlberg, +46 90-786 64 64, Communications Officer

Upcoming Spring Graduations

4-5 February 2022 (extra instead of 2020 and 2021)
14 May 2022
13 May 2023
18 May 2024
17 May 2025