The main events of the Conferment Ceremony will be celebrated during three days, starting from Friday and lasting until Sunday. These days will fit in several different kinds of events and countless emotional and memorable moments. 

NB! University of Oulu postpones the Doctoral Conferment Ceremony until spring 2022. The new date is May 27-29, 2022.

Please note that the schedule and programme are preliminary.  The programme will be updated when the arrangements proceed. The final schedule and programme will be send to all registrated participants closer to the event.


At 1pm to 3pm voluntary Rehearsals, Saalastinsali Hall, University of Oulu

The Doctoral Conferment Ceremony rehearsals are meant for Young and Honorary Doctors. Address: Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Oulu.
Dress code: casual, no sword nor hat needed
Time and place: at 13.00 at Saalastinsali Hall

At 6 pm Cocktails for Honorary Doctors

Cocktail reception is only for Honorary Doctors, Rector, Conferrers of the Degrees, and Officiants

At 7 pm to 12 pm  Sword Sharpening Ceremony

Dress code: see Dress code: sword-whetting


Note! All Young Doctors are requested to arrive by 9 am to bring their hat and sword. All invited guests are requested to be seated by 11.50 am.

At 8.45 am to 11 am compulsory Rehearsals, Saalastinsali Hall, University of Oulu 

The Conferment Ceremony rehearsals are meant for Young Doctors and Honorary Doctors. Address: Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Oulu. 

At 12.00 am to 3 pm Doctoral Conferment Ceremony, Saalastinsali Hall, University of Oulu

Dress code for all Saturdays events so far: see Dress code: Conferment Ceremony
Time and place: at 8.45 in Saalastinsali Hall, bus transportation from university to the city center after the ceremony

At 3.45 pm. Procession to the Oulu Cathedral

At 4 pm to 5 pm Service (ecumenical), Oulu Cathedral

At 7 pm to 3.45 am Conferment Banquet and Ball

See Conferment Ball rehearsals
Dress code: see Dress code: Conferment banquet and ball
You can have your picture taken in this Event.


At 12:00 noon Sailing Trip

Playful rowing competition on the Oulu river, live music, dancing, coffee
Dress code: casual, "student cap" or equivalent



Last updated: 30.3.2021