What is Conferment Ceremony?
In the Conferment Ceremony, Young doctors are ceremonially inaugurated as doctors. Also honorary doctors and jubilee doctors are inaugurated.
Doctoral Conferment Ceremony of the University of Oulu is arranged jointly by all Faculties, on three consecutive days. The official inauguration, the act of promotion, is the biggest and most dignified academic tradition, which follows mostly a 700-year-old tradition.
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.
Tasks of Heralds
A three-day event takes a lot of preparation. These will be taken care of by the university and the conferment committee. Heralds have an especially important role in making the ceremony a success. You may apply in different positions during the event days. The tasks of Heralds include keeping up the tradition, representing the university of Oulu, receiving guests and helping in any practical arrangements during the days as well as making sure everything goes smoothly.
The Heralds are led by Chief Herald.
How to Become a Herald?
We are looking for Heralds 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 Herald after the Conferment Ceremony.
Info sessions and rehearsals are held for registered Heralds.
Dark suit (black), 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. Herald ribbons will be given by the University.
Heralds are guided by Chief Herald.