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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 20 May 2022
    All those who have applied for a Master's degree (or equivalent on a Master's level) no later than 28 February 2022
  • Friday 25 November 2022
    All those who have applied for a Master's degree (or equivalent on a Master's level) no later than 15 July 2022

Are you planning to attend? Please read detailed information below.

 

Personal invitation

Stockholm University congratulates everyone who has graduated at the advanced level!

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 20 May 2022 the deadline is 28 February 2022
  • For the ceremony 25 November 2022 the deadline is 15 July 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

You must sign up online via a link in the invitation. This means that you cannot sign up for the ceremony before receiving the invitation.

Programme

To avoid congestion in Aula Magna the conferment ceremony have been divided into two separate ceremonies the same day. They will take place at 3pm and 7pm, preliminary. Your invitation will show to which ceremony you are invited.

The ceremonies will take 1h-1h15min depending on the number of participants.

A programme will be published here in May.

Obligatory rehearsal one hour before

In order for the ceremony to run smoothly and for you to know how to walk and stand, we rehearse together with the start one hour before each ceremony.

Guests

Stockholm University invites you together with a smaller number of guests, which will be stated in the invitation. (This number depends on the total number of graduated masters.)

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).

Children are welcome! If you bring a young child, please also bring something to distract them with, that does not disturb other guests, during the ceremony.

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. By signing up to attend you accept these conditions.

Mingle after the ceremony

After the ceremony, everyone present is invited to mingle with sparkling wine and non-alcoholic alternatives as well as 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 semi formal. 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

Cancellations should be done via email to magisterpromotion@su.se. No administrative fees for late cancellations will be charged.

Covid-19

We hope and plan for that the restrictions in Sweden will have eased and that we can welcome everyone invited with guests to Aula Magna in May.

Since the situation can change it is important that everyone acts responsibly and minimize the spread of Covid-19 by following the Public Health Agency's recommendations.

In order to minimize congestion in Aula Magna, during the ceremony as well as at the entrance and the subsequent reception, 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.

 

The ceremonies 26 November 2021

The ceremonies held on 26 November 2021 were broadcast live and recorded. Please see the corresponding headings below and see the films.

Read the article: A record number celebrated their degree on site

 

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

Programme

Music

Royal College of Music Brass Sextet.

Speech

Vice President, Professor Clas Hättestrand.

Faculty of Social Sciences, Conferment

Conferrer: The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences,
Professor Yvonne Svanström.

Speech

Vice President of the Stockholm University Student Union,
Simon Froster Delbom.

Music

Royal College of Music Brass Sextet.

Faculty of Social Sciences, Conferment continues

Conferrer: The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences,
Professor Yvonne Svanström.

Song

The Stockholm University Choir.

Speech

Stockholm University Alumni Team,
Alumni Coordinator Erika Öjermark Strzelecka.

 

Masters of Arts, Education, Laws and Science

Programme

Music

Royal College of Music Brass Sextet.

Speech

Vice President, Professor Clas Hättestrand.

Faculty of Law, Conferment

Conferrer: The Dean of the Faculty of Law,
Professor Jessika van der Sluijs.

Speech

Vice President of the Stockholm University Student Union,
Simon Froster Delbom.

Music

Royal College of Music Brass Sextet.

Faculty of Humanities, Conferment

Conferrer: Vice Dean for Languages and Linguistics,
Professor Stefan Helgesson.

Song

The Stockholm University Choir.

Faculty of Science, Conferment

Conferrer: Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science,
Professor Lena Mäler.

Speech

Stockholm University Alumni Team,
Alumni Coordinator Erika Öjermark Strzelecka.

 

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.

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 Vice 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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