The promotion ceremony is by far the largest regular academic celebration at the university. Anyone who has obtained a doctorate from the university, but has not been “promoted”, may attend the promotion ceremony. In addition to those who have recently obtained their doctorate, the ceremony is attended by people who have received honorary doctorates from the university.
The promotion ceremony takes place over the course of three days. On the evening of the first day, there is an event called the sword honing ceremony (“miekanhiojaiset”). The main event, the conferment of the doctorates, takes place on the second day. During this day, the graduates and their families take part in a procession in downtown Oulu and attend a celebratory church service. A dinner and a ball are arranged in the evening. A “promotion sailing event”, including a fun-filled excursion on the water, takes place on the third day.
More details about the Conferment Ceremony of the University of Oulu can be found here.
Last updated: 20.4.2020