The Conferment Act

The conferment act is the most important and dignified part of the conferment festivities. In the ceremony the graduated doctors are conferred, and they get the right to carry their academic insignia: doctoral hat and sword. The conferment act of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is celebrated on 19 May 2023 at 12 o’clock in the Great Hall of the University.

Distinguished guests and members of the veterinary medicine community are invited as audience to the conferment act. Also, the graduands are welcome to invite guests to come see the ceremony. Guests' registration closed Thursday 20 April.

The audience can attend the conferment act free of charge, however, everyone attending the event in the Great Hall are expected to comply with the strict dress code of the event.

Entrance to the Main Building and cloakroom is from Aleksanterinkatu 5. Wheel-chair accessible entrance is from the inner court, address Yliopistonkatu 2.

Instructions for guests at the conferment act

The occasion is very solemn by its nature. The audience must be seated in the Great Hall by 11.45, coming in late is not possible. Also, the audience is expected to remain seated quietly for the whole duration of the ceremony and therefore the event is not suited for young children. An audience member can leave the auditorium in the middle of the ceremony only in the case of an emergency. Taking photos and filming is forbidden during the ceremony, only the official photographer of the event is permitted to take pictures.

After the ceremony the audience accompanies the conferred doctors from the Great Hall to the Cathedral and National library in a procession. Everyone is free to attend either the ecumenical church service or the non-denominational service in the library. Everyone will return in a procession back to the University.

Those who will not attend the ceremony in the Great Hall, are welcome to come and see the procession by the Senate Square and Unioninkatu. Estimated schedule for the day can be found on the programme page.

Proceedings in the conferment ceremony

Processions enter the Great Hall

Address by the Conferrer

Reading of the chancellor’s letter of consent to the conferment ceremony

Question by the Faculty to the Doctor Prima, reply and approval

Conferment of the jubilee doctors, honorary doctors and doctoral graduands

Speech by the Doctor Ultima

Conferment cantata

Final words by the Conferrer

Finland’s national anthem, Maamme

Processions to the Cathedral and the National Library


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