Conferment of master's degrees
The Conferment of Master's Degrees is a graduation ceremony to celebrate newly graduated masters at Stockholm University.
Read about the ceremonies on 4 June. There you can also see the films from the ceremonies up until Thursday 17 June.
- Friday 26 November 2021 - The Conferment of Master's Degrees will be held on site in Aula Magna if the conditions allow this. If this is not possible the ceremony will be held online.
- Friday 20 May 2022, preliminary - The Conferment of Master's Degrees will be held 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
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.
A diploma will be handed out to those present at the ceremony, if it is held on site. If the ceremony is held online, the diploma will be sent by mail within two weeks afterwards to graduating masters' students who have signed up to participate in 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.
A ceremony with traditions
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 2020 were held digitally.
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
Ingrid Harris, Event Coordinator
Spökslottet, Drottninggatan 116
Office of the President
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Last updated: June 18, 2021
Source: Office of the President