Welcome to the opening ceremony of the academic year at the University of Helsinki on 3 September

After the ceremony, the festivities will spread to the streets of the City Centre Campus in the form of the Opening Carnival.

The rector of the University of Helsinki has the pleasure to invite the students, staff and friends of the University to the opening ceremony of the academic year 2018–2019 held on Monday, 3 September 2018 at 12.15. The event will be held in the Great Hall of the Main Building (entrance from Aleksanterinkatu 5).

The programme includes a ceremonial transfer of the rectorship, Rector Jari Niemelä’s opening speech, as well as salutations from the staff and the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, presented by Elisa Hyytiäinen, chair of the University of Helsinki Staff Association, and Lauri Linna, chair of the board of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki.

The opening ceremony can be streamed live on UniTube.

The opening ceremony will be followed by an ecumenical church service at the Helsinki Cathedral and a non-denominational event at the National Library. Bishop Teemu Laajasalo will preach the homily, while Dean Jaakko Kangasjärvi and Associate Professor Anna-Liisa Laine will address the non-denominational event.

Opening Carnival starts at 14.00

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the Opening Carnival, organised in cooperation with the University, fills the streets and hallways of the City Centre Campus on 3 September 2018 at 14–18.

During the Opening Carnival, student associations will take over the Main Building, Porthania and nearby streets on the City Centre Campus. Join the fun and learn about the diverse association and committee activities of the Student Union, expand your patch collection for your student overalls and jam to the summery music wafting from an outdoor stage next to Porthania. This year, the Opening Carnival will be headlined by Elias Gould.

Further information and an up-to-date carnival programme can be found on the Facebook page of the Student Union.