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A record number celebrated their degree on site

Finally! For the first time in two years, a Master's Conferment Ceremony was held last Friday in Aula Magna. It was long-awaited and a record number, almost 500 new graduates, celebrated their graduation with pomp and circumstance together with their loved ones.

Masters conferment on stage in Aula Magna. Photo: Sören Andersson
Photo: Sören Andersson

On this day, 26 November 2021, the Masters Conferment had been divided into two ceremonies, one for the masters of the Faculty of Social Sciences and one for the recent graduates of the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science.

Vice-Chancellor Clas Hättestrand congratulated on the degree and pointed out in his welcome speech that this university degree is an important milestone in the lives of all new graduates but also for the university.

An important task for universities and university colleges is to collaborate and to ensure that knowledge is disseminated and useful in society. Everyone who has graduated here is the most important and foremost carrier of knowledge from the University.

In his speech, Vice President of Stockholm University's Student Union, Simon Froster Delbom, highlighted some of all the challenges that students have had to overcome during their studies: Student housing crisis, finances and studies during a pandemic.

Meanwhile exams have been passed, theses defended and degrees taken. An impressive effort!

Dean of Social Sciences hands over diploma to graduate. Photo: Sören Andersson
Dean Yvonne Svanström presents diplomas. Photo: Sören Andersson

The faculties' congratulations and best wishes for the future were given by the conferrers, i.e. the people appointed by each faculty to award the diplomas to promovendi: Jessika van der Sluijs, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Stefan Helgesson, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Yvonne Svanström, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lena Mäler, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Alumni coordinator Erica Öjermark Strzelecka began the closing speech by stating that students who graduated during the pandemic are not just any students and that future employers will realize this. She also urged all new graduates to keep in touch with the university, follow their curiosity and remember:

The most important thing is not only what you learned during your studies, but the skills you have acquired along the way.

The ceremonies were gilded with music by a brass sextet from The Royal Academy of Music and song of the Stockholm University Choir.

More on the Master's Conferment and recordings from the live broadcasts.