Conferment Ceremony

The Conferment Ceremony is the University’s ceremony for all who have completed their PhDs during the year.

The people of Uppsala recognise the day because cannon salutes are fired in the morning and during the actual ceremony. Apart from new PhDs, honorary doctors will also be conferred during the Winter Conferment Ceremony.

In the ceremonial conferment act in the Grand Auditorium, the new PhDs receive their symbols of honour: a diploma, and a hat or laurel wreath. 

The Conferment Ceremony starts at 12:00 with the entry procession and welcoming words from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eva Åkesson. The conferment ceremony music is performed by the Royal Academic Orchestra conducted by Director Musices, Professor Stefan Karpe. The festivities continue into the evening, with a banquet in the Hall of State at Uppsala Castle for the new PhDs, honorary doctors, prizewinners, relatives and invited guests.

Programme for the Conferment Ceremony 25 January 2019

(All times are precise.)

07:00 Cannon salute, first at 07:00 from Uppsala Castle, and later during the ceremony at the University Main Building, performed by gunners from Jämtlands fältartilleri.

08:00 The large Cathedral bell is rung.

11:30 The doors to the Grand Auditorium are opened. The public are welcome to attend. Tickets are required for admission. (Free tickets can be collected in the entrance hall of the University Main Building, from 10:00 on Thursday 24 January until the ceremony begins.)

11:45 Promotors, promovendi and other participants of the academic procession gather in the University Main Building’s gallery in accordance with the instructions provided in the order of procession.

12:00 The audience must be seated.

12:15 The Conferment Ceremony begins with the entry procession.

Welcoming words by Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.

Lecture by the Faculty of Social Sciences’ promotor, professor Lars Magnusson, titled Är oro för finansiella krascher befogad?

Conferment in all of the University’s nine faculties. The Royal Academic Orchestra will play during the procession and the ceremony, led by Director Musices, Professor Stefan Karpe.

Prizes and medals.

Exit procession. (Guests are asked to remain seated until the procession has exited in its entirety.)

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Prizes and medals conferred during the Conferment Ceremony:
Björkén Prize
Rudbeck Medal
Linnaeus Medal
Segerstedt Medal
Ulla and Stig Holmquist Science Prize in Organic Chemistry
Oscar Prize
Holmdahl Scholarship

Related pages:
The Conferment Ceremony at Uppsala University
Cannon salute and bell-ringing


Conferment Ceremony