Vice President Clas Hättestrand speaks during Conferment of Master's Degreees
Foto Ingmarie Andersson

About the ceremony

The Conferment of Master’s Degrees is an old academic tradition but a comparably 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.

The ceremony began traditionally with the entrance of the massed standards. Then followed the ceremonial that has not been changed much since the University's first master's conferment in November 1997, the year Aula Magna was built. Vice President, Professor Clas Hättestrand, held a welcoming speech after which the ceremony contiunued with entertainment and speeches to the newly graduated. The participants stepped up onto the stage in groups, from each faculty, to receive a diploma by the promotor, appointed by the faculty.

This act, stepping up on one side of Aula Magna’s stage and, after having received the diploma as a symbol of the newly aquired degree, leaving by the other side, used to symbolize that they will now move forward in life, and have the right to teach. Today it is not a formal ceremony, since the formal degree certificate has been sent otherwise. Instead it is a memorable occasion to celebrate one's 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, and the film can still be found on the same page.

See also Instagram photos on #suconferment and #supromotion.