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Inauguration of professors and conferment of doctoral degrees 2021


Date: Thursday 29 September 2022

Time: 17.00 – 23.00

Location: Stockholm City Hall

The inauguration of professors and the conferment of doctoral degrees are the foremost among the common academic traditions at universities and higher education institutions in Sweden. Both date from the Middle Ages.

The traditional ceremony of the Inauguration of New Professors and Conferment of Doctoral Degrees is normally held once a year in Stockholm City Hall. Due to the pandemic, the ceremony has been postponed from September 2021 but will now be held to the extent that the current restrictions allow.

The Inauguration of New Professors

The professorial inauguration, or installation, is the part of the solemn ceremony in City Hall where the newly appointed professors, are welcomed and installed in office by the President, while their various subject areas are highlighted. The term "installation" comes from the church ritual when a cathedral chapter member was symbolically led to his chair in the cathedral, in Latin stallum.

The Conferment of Doctoral Degrees

The doctors who have defended their theses and received their doctoral degrees at the University during the past year are celebrated in solemn form. Doctoral hats, laurel wreaths and other insignia symbolizing the new dignity are awarded during the conferment ceremony, which was originally the formal activity that gave the doctors their degree and was a proof of professionalism. The word "promote", as in the Swedish "doktorspromotion", comes from the Latin promovere and means to move forward; promote.

The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Stockholm City Hall.

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