The programme includes a speech by Rector Sari Lindblom as well as greetings by representatives of the staff and the Student Union. Music for the opening ceremony will be performed by the string quartet of the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra and Maija Kauhanen. The event will also be live-streamed on the University of Helsinki’s YouTube channel. The opening ceremony will be followed at about 13.30 by an ecumenical service in Helsinki Cathedral and a secular service in the Cupola Hall of the National Library of Finland.
Following the festivities, the audience is invited to enjoy coffee and cake in the foyers of the University’s Main Building (second floor) starting at 14.15. At this time, you can independently tour some of the renovated facilities of the Main Building. Signs indicating which facilities are open will be placed in the entrance halls of the Main Building.
You are warmly welcomed to the opening ceremony of the new academic year at the University of Helsinki.
12.15, Great Hall of the University of Helsinki (Unioninkatu 34/Aleksanterinkatu 5)
Procession music: Sibelius: Andante Festivo, string quartet of the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra
Rector Sari Lindblom
Greetings from staff and the Student Union
Elisa Hyytiäinen, Chair of the University of Helsinki Staff Association HYHY
Nea Hakala, Chair of the Board of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki
Academic procession from the Great Hall to Helsinki Cathedral and the National Library of Finland
Ecumenical service at Helsinki Cathedral (Unioninkatu 29)
Sermon: Bishop Teemu Laajasalo
Secular service in the Cupola Hall of the National Library (Unioninkatu 36)
Speech: Professor Kalle Juuti
Coffee and refreshments in the foyers on the second floor of the University’s Main Building
Opening Carnival on the City Centre Campus
Explore the programme on the website of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki
Dress code: Participants in the academic procession are to wear a dark suit and bring their doctoral hats with them, observing the instructions on the order of the procession. The dress code for the rest of the invited guests and the public is business attire.