Conferment procession in Oulu city center Saturday 20 May

The tenth conferment ceremony of the University of Oulu will be held on 19-21 May 2017. The procession of the ceremony will take place in the center of Oulu on Saturday 20 May. The procession will commence from Mannerheim park at around 15:30, and it will progress toward the city cathedral along the Rotuaari street. There will be a service in the church at around 16:00.

Heading the procession carrying the flag of Finland will be student Susa Vikeväkorva. The procession will be directed by master of ceremonies, Professor Netta Iivari. She will be followed by promotors, honorary doctors, and young doctors. Following them, University of Oulu alumnus Tony Manninen will be carrying the flag of the University of Oulu. He will be followed by the Rector of the University and other guests.

In case of rain and strong wind, the procession will be cancelled.

Traffic arrangements in the city center

Because of the procession, there will be restrictions on traffic on Saturday afternoon in the center of Oulu. Participants in the procession will be taken from the University of Oulu in Linnanmaa to the city center on 17 buses. The buses will cross the river bridges at Tuira and take the route Aleksanterinkatu – Albertinkatu – Kirkkokatu. Traffic lights will be partly off, and traffic will be controlled by traffic managers.

The procession will gather in Mannerheim park, and move on foot along Kirkkokatu street to the city cathedral. Car traffic and light traffic will be cut off from Kirkkokatu and its crossings for the procession’s duration. Traffic arrangements will also affect traffic on Saaristonkatu and Isokatu streets. The restrictions will be in effect between 15:25 and 16:15.

Parking space on Kirkkokatu between Albertinkatu and Sepänkatu, and in front of the church, are closed on Saturday from 8:00.

Conferment events

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 main celebration on Saturday 20 May at 12:00 in Saalastinsali, Linnanmaa
  • 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 website

Last updated: 18.5.2017