Dress Code

Dress Code, Hat and Sword

DRESS CODE

Formal dress is required at the Conferment Ceremony. The following requirements apply to Honorary Doctors and their companions/escorts as well.

 

Sword-Whetting 

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bowtie, black socks and black shoes (patent leather), sword

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor , female: long evening gown (not black), scarf allowed, no gloves, sword

  • Companion, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white  bowtie, black socks and black shoes (patent leather), no sword

  • Companion, female: long coloured evening gown (not black), scarf allowed, no gloves, no sword

  • Conferrers of Degrees: As young doctors and Honorary Doctors, no sword

In Sword-whetting, no doctoral hat. Jewelry is allowed at the Sword-Whetting. 

 

Conferment Ceremony, Procession and Ecumenical Service

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor, male: black tailcoat, black waistcoat (black vest), white bowtie, white gloves, black socks and black leather shoes (no patent leather), doctoral hat and sword (no breast-pocket handkerchief)

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor , female: long black dress, high neckline, long sleeves, no long slit, no jewelry or fur, black gloves, black shoes and black stockings, doctoral hat and sword (The buttons of the female dress should be plain)

  • Companion, male: black tailcoat, black waistcoat (black vest),  white bowtie, white gloves, black socks and black leather shoes (no patent leather), (doctoral hat)

  • Companion, female: long black dress, high neckline, long sleeves, no long slit, no jewelry or fur, black gloves, black shoes and black stockings, (doctoral hat)

  • Conferrers of Degrees: As Young Doctors / Honorary Doctors

  • Invited guest, male: black tailcoat, black waistcoat (black vest) (+ white gloves if wearing doctoral hat) or dark suit, academic dress (cap & gown), black socks, black leather shoes (no patent leather), (doctoral hat)

  • Invited guest, female: 
    black semi-formal daytime attire (long or short) or academic dress (cap & gown), black shoes, no gloves (black gloves with doctoral hat),  no hat, (doctoral hat)

All doctors must wear the doctoral hat. The doctors who are awarded a degree on this occasion should also carry the sword. All guests are allowed to wear highest decorations. Please do not wear furs or jewelry during the Conferment Ceremony. Please notice that, no umbrella or over coat is allowed at the procession. 

Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor (female)

 

Conferment Banquet and Ball

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bowtie, white gloves, black socks and black shoes (patent leather), doctoral hat and sword

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor, female: long black evening gown, black scarf allowed, doctoral hat and sword, fine jewelry and jewelry watch allowed

  • Companion, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bowtie, white gloves, black socks and black shoes (patent leather), (doctoral hat)

  • Companion, female: long, black or coloured evening gown, scarf allowed (same color as gown), fine jewelry and jewelry watch allowed, (doctoral hat)

  • Conferrers of Degrees: as Young Doctors / Honorary Doctors

  • Invited guest, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bowtie, white gloves, black socks and black shoes (patent leather), (doctoral hat)

  • Invited guest, female: long evening gown (not black or white), scarf allowed (same color as gown), fine jewelry and jewelry watch allowed, (doctoral hat)

All doctors wear doctoral hats. Young Doctors, Honorary Doctors, Confferrers of Degrees and Officiants wear sword. Other doctors are also allowed to wear a sword if they want to. Jewelry is allowed at the Conferment Banquet & Ball.

Invited guest / Companion (female) and Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor (male)

Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor (female)

 

Sailing Trip

Casual dress. 'Student cap' or equivalent. If you row yourself, please wear gloves (ordinary, not festive) and flat shoes.

 

N.B.

 

  • All participants should wear highest decorations at the Conferment Ceremony and at the Banquet.

  • Those wearing highest decorations at the Conferment Ceremony and at the Conferment Banquet & Ball should not wear a breast-pocket handkerchief at the same time. Please note, that at the Conferment Ceremony you are not supposed to wear a breast-pocket handkerchief at all. 

  • Please do not wear wrist watch when wearing tailcoat. Pocket watch with golden chain is allowed.

  • No umbrella or over coat is allowed at the procession. 

 

As a man is wearing a white tie, a woman wears an ankle-length attire. When a man is wearing a dark suit, a woman wears a daytime semi-formal attire. 
 
Download the dress code instructions in a PDF-format from below. 
 

Last updated: 5.2.2020