Inauguration of new professors and conferment of doctoral degrees
Among the common academic traditions at universities and higher education institutions in Sweden, the most important are the professorial installation and doctoral conferment, both dating from the Middle Ages.
Meet two doctors telling how they celebrated their degree (before covid-19).
During a solemn combined installation and conferment ceremony in Stockholm City Hall, the doctors who have recently completed their doctoral studies and defended a doctoral dissertation will be conferred their doctoral degree. Honorary doctors and jubilee doctors are also conferred on this occasion. The professorial installation is the part of the ceremony where the professors who took up their positions during the previous year are welcomed into office.
The Conferment of Doctoral Degrees
The doctoral conferment is the most important and traditionalized of the academic ceremonies. It has its roots in the European Middle Ages and its universities and is a degree promotion, the ritual transition in a person's life from one stage to another and originally a proof of professionalism. The word "promote" (as used in the Swedish word Doktorspromotion) comes from the Latin promovere and means to move forward. Only those who have completed a doctoral degree can be conferred.
The doctoral conferment is linked to the individual faculties with a conferrer, appointed by the faculty, conferring the doctors.
The Inauguration of New Professors
The professorial installation is the occasion when the new professors are welcomed to the university and their different subject areas are brought to attention. The term "installation" (which is used in the Swedish Professorsinstallation) comes from the church ritual when a cathedral chapter member was brought into the choir and allowed to take his place in a choir chair, in Latin stallum.
Unlike the doctoral conferment, it is a ritual that is common to all faculties at the University with the University's President installing the newly appointed professors.
The coming inauguration and conferment ceremonies will take place, depending on the covid-19 situation, as follows:
- 11 March 2022
Inauguration and conferment postponed from 2020
Doctors with a formal degree certificate dated 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020
Professors (employed/promoted) who took office 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020
- 8 april 2022
Inauguration and conferment postponed from 2021
Doctors with a formal degree certificate dated 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021
Professors (employed/promoted) who took office 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021
- 30 September 2022
Inauguration and conferment 2022
Doctors with a formal degree certificate dated 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022
Professors (employed/promoted) who took office 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022
More information for participants will be published here.
More about the ceremony, doctoral hats and prizes
Anne Heikkinen Sandberg, Master of Ceremonies
Ingrid Harris, Event Coordinator
Spökslottet, Drottninggatan 116
Office of the President
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Last updated: June 30, 2021
Source: Office of the President