Faculty of Philosophy to hold solemn conferment ceremony in May 2017
Of all academic festivities in Finland, the conferment ceremony of the Faculty of Philosophy has the longest history, the largest number of participants and the grandest traditions.

The Faculty of Philosophy will organise its 97th solemn conferment of degrees in the spring of 2017. The Faculty of Philosophy comprises the Faculties of Arts, Science, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Behavioural Sciences and Pharmacy. Of all academic festivities in Finland, the conferment ceremony of the Faculty of Philosophy has the longest history, the largest number of participants and the grandest traditions.  While the ceremony dates back to the 17th century, it always reflects the contemporary world as well. The centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 provides a special reason to celebrate the long history of the conferment ceremony.

The Faculty grants participants in the ceremony the right to use the insignia of their academic degrees, i.e., the Master’s garland and ring or the doctoral hat and sword. All holders of a Master’s or doctoral degree may participate in the ceremony regardless of when they completed their degree, provided that they have not previously been conferred the same degree.  Finland is the only country in the world where Master’s graduates may join doctoral graduates in this celebration, which lasts several days.

The conferment ceremony will take place from 25 to 27 May 2017. Registration will open in winter 2016–2017. 

A conferment committee, chaired by Mari Lehtoruusu, will be responsible for the arrangements.