Student marshals

Dear student, the University of Oulu invites you to be a student marshal in the eleventh doctoral Conferment Ceremony.

University of Oulu postpones the Doctoral Conferment Ceremony until spring 2022. The new date will be published later.

What is Conferment Ceremony?

In the Conferment Ceremony, young doctors will be inaugurated, and they will receive the title of a doctor in addition to the top hat and sword, the symbols of their title. This three-day festivity includes the Sword-Whetting event on Friday, procession, ecumenical church service, and a ball on Saturday and a short sailing trip on Sunday. 

The official inauguration, the act of promotion, is the biggest and most dignified academic tradition, which follows mostly a 700-year-old tradition. The tasks of student marshals include keeping up the tradition, representing the university of Oulu, receiving guests and helping in any practical arrangements during the days.

Tasks of student marshals

A three-day event takes a lot of preparation. These will be taken care of by the university and the conferment committee. Student marshals have an especially important role in making the ceremony a success. You may apply in different positions during the event days. The tasks of student marshals include standing in guard during the ceremonies, receiving guests and helping in any practical arrangements during the festivities and making sure everything goes smoothly. 

The student marshals will be led by chief marshal Johanna Bluemink.

How to become a student marshal?

We are looking for student marshals from every faculty. We expect you to be self-acting and persistent. In addition to new friends and a unique experience, you will receive a diploma and UniOulu college shirt. There will also be a thank you party, karonkka, for every student marshal after the Conferment Ceremony.

The new dates for the Conferment Ceremony will be announced, and application for student marshals opened, later on.



There will be two info sessions for everyone who will act as a student marshal. These will be held in Tellus Linnanmaa.

There will also be training sessions in the cathedral of Oulu. There we will practice a smooth and fast but still dignified entrance into the cathedral after the procession. These training sessions will be communicated separately.

Dress code


Dark suit (black or navy blue), white shirt, dark socks, grey tie, black leather shoes. No handkerchief during daytime.


Coloured evening dress in sword-whetting and in Conferment Banquet and Ball. 

In the Doctoral Conferment Ceremony event black dress or skirt, which is long enough to cover the knees. Dark grey or black stockings and black shoes. High heels are not recommended, since the days will be long.


Finnish matriculation cap or teekkari hat. Student marshal ribbons will be given by the University. 

More info

If you have anything to ask related to the tasks of student marshals or conferment ceremony, send an email to or contact directly the chief marshal Johanna Bluemink



Last updated: 22.1.2021