10th conferment ceremony of the University of Oulu on 19-21 May 2017 as part of the Finland 100 anniversary year

The tenth conferment ceremony of the University of Oulu will be held on 19-21 May 2017. The ceremony is shared by all the faculties of the University. There will be 23 honorary doctors and 283 young doctors conferred. They represent all the ten faculties of the University.

The doctoral conferment ceremony is the biggest and most traditional academic celebration of the university. In Oulu, it takes place every four years. The 10th doctoral conferment ceremony of the University of Oulu has been admitted in the programme of the ongoing 100th anniversary year of Finland.

Main event Saturday 20 May

Honorary doctors and young doctors will be conferred in the conferment ceremony on Saturday 20 May, which starts at noon in the Saalastinsali hall in Linnanmaa. The doctors conferred in the ceremony will receive their academic insignia, hat, sword and diploma.

The main celebration will be attended, in addition to the doctors to be conferred, an almost equal number of their companions, family members, and guests of honor. In all, over 900 people will gather in Linnanmaa. Some of the guests will follow the conferment celebration on a big screen in a big lecture hall in Linnanmaa.

Most young doctors will be conferred from the Faculty of Science, 94 in total. There will be 90 young doctors from the various fields of technology, 40 from science, 37 from humanities and education, and 19 from economic sciences.

Procession in the center of Oulu

The conferred honorary doctors, young doctors, and other participants of the celebration will take the celebratory conferment procession for all city folk to see. The procession will commence on Saturday 20 May from Mannerheim park in the city center at around 15:30, and it will progress toward the city cathedral along the Rotuaari street. In case of rain and strong winds, the procession will be cancelled.

The other events in the conferment, intended for the participants and invited guests are:

  • Sword-whetting on Friday 19 May at 19:00 in Hotel Lasaretti
  • Conferment banquet and ball on Saturday 20 May at 19:00 in Ouluhalli
  • Sailing trip on Sunday 21 May at 12:00 in Maikkula Estate


Conferment Ceremony website

Last updated: 16.5.2017