Dress Code

Formal dress is required at the Conferment Ceremony. Here are instructions for the dress code of different events.
Kaksi airutta seisoo mustissa juhlapuvuissa nauhoineen ylioppilaslakit päässä ja heidän keskellään seisovat yliairut sekä juhlamenojen ohjaaja mustissa juhlapuvuissaan, juhlanauhoissaan sekä tohtorinhatuissaan.

The Main Principle

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. 

Sword-Whetting

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bow tie, 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  bow tie, 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. Jewellery is allowed at the Sword-Whetting. 

Conferment Ceremony

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor, male: black tailcoat, black waistcoat (black vest), white bow tie, 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 jewellery 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 bow tie, 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 jewellery 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 jewellery during the Conferment Ceremony. 

A Young Doctor/Honorary Doctor (female) in a long black dress.

Procession and Ecumenical Service

Same as in the Conferment Ceremony. Please notice that no umbrella or over coat is allowed at the procession. 

 

Conferment Banquet and Ball

  • Young Doctor / Honorary Doctor, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bow tie, 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 jewellery and jewellery watch allowed

  • Companion, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bow tie, 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 jewellery and jewellery watch allowed, (doctoral hat)

  • Conferrers of Degrees: as Young Doctors / Honorary Doctors

  • Invited guest, male: black tailcoat, white waistcoat (white vest), white bow tie, 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 jewellery and jewellery watch allowed, (doctoral hat)

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

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

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. In wearing of the decorations, please follow the guide to the orders and decorations in Finland.

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

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

  • Please note, that even though the dress code is given according to man/woman roles, it is possible to choose the one a participant finds more suitable. However, for visual purposes and consistency, we kindly ask to choose one of these dressing roles.

Clothing Stores and Dress Hire

Here are some tips considering the clothing stores and hiring a dress in Oulu: