Photo: Niklas Björling
Photo: Niklas Björling

Of the 247 scientists who defended their thesis in the academic year of 2014/15, 119 was conferred, as well as 22 who defended their thesis the previous academic year, a total of 141 new doctors. The ceremony included eight new honorary doctors and 15 jubilee doctors.

Honorary Doctors and Jubilee Doctors

Among the honorary doctors, the prominent Lawyer Johan Gernandt and Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert, world leading in climate research, were conferred. Read more about the honorary doctors here.

Nine of the jubilee doctors, who defended their thesis 50 years ago, attended the ceremony. All jubilee doctors are presented in the academic ceremony booklet which can be read by following the link below.

Inaugural lecture

Professor of Baltic Languages Jenny Larsson, also Chairman of the Young Academy of Sweden and one of the 32 new professors, held this year's inaugural lecture: The Common Roots of the Indo-Europeic Languages. Read the lecture by following the link below.

Teacher of the Year

The ceremony also included the Award for Good Teaching, where four teachers, one from each faculty, was awarded for their acknowledged interest and commitment to the development of teaching, and acknowledged pedagogical competence. Read more about the award here.


The Stockholm University gold medal was given to Professor Emerita Birgitta Bremer, and Professor Emeritus Harry Flam. Previous medalists are found here (in Swedish).


The audience was entertained by music from the brass ensemble from the Royal College of Music, singers from the University College of Opera and Stockholm student singers.

After the ceremony 680 people continued  to the banquet in the Golden Hall and the evening ended with dancing in the Blue Hall to the music of OnQue Big Band.

Film and photography

The ceremony was filmed by the Department of IT Services and was broadcast live. See the film on You may also download the film here. Please note that it is a large file and may take som time.

Photos taken by Niklas Björling and Clément Morin during the evening can be seen on the following web pages:

Ceremony portraits
Other photos from the ceremony
Portraits taken after the ceremony

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