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About the ceremony

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. The word promotion (in the Swedish Magisterpromotion) comes from the latin word promovere, which translates to move forward or promote.

An invitation to the conferment ceremony was sent to all graduates with a formal degree certificate for the Master's degree (or equivalent on a Master's level) during the spring term.

The ceremony began with the massed standards with students from the University student unions and faculty associations. The Vice President held a welcoming speech after wich the ceremony continued with entertainment and speeches for the newly graduated. The 400 graduates stepped up facultywise in groups to receive a diploma from the conferrer of the faculty, appointed by the respective faculty.

The act of rising up on one side of the stage and, after having received 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 the right to teach others. Today the Conferment of Master's Degrees is not a formal ceremony since the formal degree certificate is sent to the graduates in another way. It is instead a memorable occasion to celebrate your Master's degree from Stockholm University.

The ceremony was held in the great auditorium of Aula Magna and was followed by a reception with music in the Gallery and Foyer.

The ceremony was broadcast live on You can watch the film by clicking on the photo on top of this page.