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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.

Invitation

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.

 

Guests

Stockholm University invites you together with two guests to attend the ceremony and the subsequent reception. You can also put a third person on a waiting list. About one week after the last day of registration, we will inform you if we can offer a place for this third person as well.

Your loved ones who do not have the opportunity to celebrate with you on site can follow the ceremony at su.se/mastersconferment.

When registering, you are asked to state the name(s) of your guest(s) and if any of you have any dietary restrictions.

Programme 26 November 2021

15:00 - The Faculty of Social Sciences

Masters of Arts, Education, Medical Science, Political Science and Science

19:00 - The Faculties of Law, Humanities and Science

Masters of Arts, Education, Laws and Science

If you are uncertain of which faculty you belong to you will see in your invitation which ceremony applies to you.

The ceremony will last for about 1h - 1h 15 min, depending on the number of participants.

The Diploma

All attending the ceremony will receive a diploma on stage as a reminder of the master's conferment ceremony and the time at the University. Please note that the diploma should not be used as proof of a degree and should therefore not be confused with the formal degree certificate sent by post earlier. The diploma will not be sent to non-attendees.

Photos and live broadcast

The conferment ceremony is broadcast live from Aula Magna via su.se/mastersconferment and you will be visible as it is your turn to receive a diploma on the stage. The film will be published on the same page after the ceremony. A download link will be sent to all participants after the film has been subtitled. This link will be open for about two weeks.

Group photos of everyone participating in the ceremony will be taken on stage. A link to these photos will be sent to all participants and the link will be open for two weeks.

The film and photographs may be used for Stockholm University's marketing activities in own communication channels.

Mingle after the ceremony

After the ceremony, everyone present is invited to mingle with sparkling wine (or non-alcoholic alternatives) and vegetarian snacks in the Foyer and in the Gallery of Aula Magna. When signing up you may state whether you or any of your guests have any dietary restrictions.

The mingle lasts for an hour after the end of the ceremony.

Dress code and cloakroom

The dress code for participants in the ceremony is . This means a (preferably dark) suit, dress or suit or stylish long trousers and a jacket or similar. For other guests, any well-groomed attire applies.

A guarded cloakroom will be available in the Rotunda in Allhuset.

Cancellations

The ceremony with the following mingle is free of charge for you and your guest(s). Cancellations should be done via email to magisterpromotion@su.se.

If you cancel later than Monday 15 November, or fail to show up without any notice, you will be charged an administrative fee of 200 SEK.

Eased restrictions

We are very happy that the restrictions in Sweden have eased and that we can finally welcome everyone invited with guests to Aula Magna.

Since the situation can change it is important that everyone acts responsibly and minimize the spread of Covid-19, and those that are able to should follow the Public Health Agency recommendation to get vaccinated. The recommendations to stay at home when having symptoms, even mild ones, are still in effect.

In order to minimize congestion in Aula Magna, during the ceremony as well as at the entrance and the subsequent mingling, but still make it possible for invited to bring a number of guests, we have divided the ceremony into two. However, congestion can occur in some places.

Those attending the ceremony have reserved seats in the auditorium. Accompanying guests have free seating.

We reserve the right to make changes to the programme if necessary.

 

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

The ceremony in Aula Magna 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.

 

Email: magisterpromotion@su.se

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
Sweden

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