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Conferment of master's degrees

The Conferment of Master's Degrees is a graduation ceremony to celebrate newly graduated masters at Stockholm University.


Coming ceremonies

  • Friday 26 November 2021 - The Conferment of Master's Degrees on site in Aula Magna
  • Friday 20 May 2022, preliminary - The Conferment of Master's Degrees on site in Aula Magna.

To be invited to the Master's Conferment, you need to have completed your studies and received your formal degree certificate.

An invitation to the conferment ceremony is sent to those with a Master's degree (or equivalent on a Master's level). You need to actively apply for your degree certificate by a certain date in order for your application to be processed and your degree to be issued on time.

  • For the ceremony 26 November 2021 the deadline is 15 July 2021
  • For the ceremony 20 May 2022 the deadline is 28 February 2022

Applications are made at the Degree Office.


The invitation will be sent to you 4-6 weeks before the ceremony. Please keep your email and mail addresses updated at Stockholm University.

Registration through link in invitation

You must sign up online via a link in the invitation. 

The diploma

A diploma will be handed out to those present at the ceremony. Please note that the diploma is NOT legal proof of your degree (not to be confused with the degree certificate, sent earlier by mail) but a memento of the conferment ceremony and the time at Stockholm University.


Conferment traditions go all the way back to medieval European universities. The word promotion (in the Swedish word Magisterpromotion) comes from the latin word promovere, which translates to advance or move forward,  but here in a figurative sense to promote. The Conferment of Master’s Degrees is an old academic tradition but a fairly new ceremony at Stockholm University. The first was held in 1997 and is normally held twice a year in Aula Magna, Frescati. The ceremonies in November 2020 and June 2021 were held online.

Read about the ceremony, 4 June, 2021:

Online conferment attracted many

Conferment ceremony in Aula Magna. Photo Ingmarie Andersson
Photo: Ingmarie Andersson

Normally, when the ceremony is held for all in Aula Magna, the ceremony begins with massed standards consisting of student representatives from the University's student unions and faculty associations. The President gives a welcome speech, after which the ceremony continues with varied entertainment and speeches to the new graduates. The graduates (promovendi) step up onto Aula Magna’s stage, facultywise, to receive a diploma by the conferrer, appointed by each faculty. 

The act of ascending on one side of the stage and, after receiving the diploma as a sign of the new dignity, going down again on the other side, used to symbolize that one could now move on in life, with one's own right to teach. Today it is not a formal ceremony, as the formal degree certificate has been sent to the graduates earlier, but instead it is a memorable occasion to celebrate your Master's degree at Stockholm University.

During an online ceremony the graduates are presented with their name and photo at the live broadcast. The diploma is sent to them by mail afterwards.



Anne Heikkinen Sandberg, Master of Ceremonies
Phone: +46-8-164716

Ingrid Harris, Event Coordinator
Phone: +46-8-164908

Visiting Address:
Spökslottet, Drottninggatan 116

Postal address:
Stockholm University
Office of the President
SE-106 91 Stockholm

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