Those doctorates who have defended their doctoral thesis during 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017 and who have also received their formal degree certificate before 30 June will receive an invitation to the ceremony in the middle of June 2017. (Those who receive it in the end of June will receive the invitation in early July.) If you receive your degree certificate after 30 June you will be invited to next year's ceremony. Please be sure to apply for your degree in time to have the certificate issued in time.

Doctorates who have received their formal degree during the period 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017 but who have defended their doctoral thesis earlier will not automatically receive an invitation to the ceremony. Please contact Master of Ceremonies via not later than 30 April 2017 if you would like to attend this year's ceremony.

Doctorates who have both defended their thesis and received their degree earlier must contact before 30 April 2017 if you want to attend.

The International Student Office is responsible for issuing the degree. If you have questions about your degree please contact their office on


Registration for the ceremony will open when the invitation cards have been sent in June, and registration is done by following the link printed on the invitation card.

If you have received an invitation but were not able to participate in the ceremony you may be conferred a doctoral degree next year. Please notify this in writing to no later than 31 March 2017.


Stockholm University invites new doctors with one guest, free of charge, to the ceremony as well as the following banquet with ball room dancing that will be held in the City Hall of Stockholm.

New doctors can invite two additional guests to the ceremony only, in addition to their partner, free of charge. However they must be equipped with entrance cards.

These two additional guests may also be added to a waiting list for the banquet when registering for the ceremony. You will be notified by e-mail in the end of August, when all registrations have been made, if there are seats available for extra guests. A banquet fee of 1500 kronor will then be charged for the extra guest(s).

Academic advisors

Academic advisors to the recipients of a doctoral degree receive a personal invitation for the ceremony and banquet after the candidate has applied to participate in the conferment ceremony. The subsidized banquet ticket for the advisor is 750 kronor.


Our recommendation is that small children should not attend the conferment ceremony.


Formal dress is required at the conferment ceremony and banquet reception. This may be either ”white tie and tails” with a white vest (may include orders/medallions) or an evening gown. There are no dress requirements for those guests who will only attend the conferment ceremony in the Blue Hall.


An obligatory rehearsal will take place in the Blue Hall at the City Hall at 4.00 P.M. the day before the conferment ceremony, i.e. Thursday 28 September 2017. This usually takes about 1 1/2 hours.

Insignia presented during the ceremony

During the ceremony proceedings you will be presented with a doctoral hat if you are a lawyer or a laurel if you are from one of the other faculties. Those receiving a doctor’s degree will also receive a diploma. The organization committee will order both the hats and the laurels. On the registration form you must therefore indicate your hat size, which is measured by the circumference of your head in centimetres. If you are receiving a law degree you must also be precision sized for your particular hat. This can be done at a couple of places in the Stockholm area (see ”Other information” below). A doctor's ring is given to honorary doctorates.

The conferment ceremony is purely voluntary and has no legal significance. You may purchase both a doctor’s ring and a hat, without the obligation of participating in the actual ceremony.

Photography and live broadcast

Professional photographers will be at hand to take pictures during the entire ceremony. More information on how to view and purchase photos will be published here.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on and the film will also later be found at the same web page.


Please notify us as soon as possible on Payments for banquet guests will not be refunded if the cancellation is made later than one week before the ceremony.


If you have any questions concerning the conferment ceremony please contact Master of Ceremonies, Anne Heikkinen Sandberg on e-mail or by telephone +46-8 16 4716.