The Doctoral Conferral Ceremony 2018

Åbo Akademi University arranges a doctoral conferral ceremony on May 25, 2018.

Persons holding a doctoral degree from Åbo Akademi University are to be conferred at Turku Concert Hall. This year 91 persons will be conferred. Also, the Faculties will confer 13 Honorary Doctors, either for the person’s solid scientific merits or in acknowledgement of substantial contributions in society. A person, who has defended a thesis 50 years ago, is to be conferred as Jubilee Doctor. We have four Jubilee Doctors this year. Click here for more information about the Honorary Doctors and Jubilee Doctors.

The doctoral conferral ceremony starts at 12.00 noon at Turku Concert Hall. After the conferral ceremony, the doctoral conferees and members of the Åbo Akademi University staff as well as guests from universities in the Nordic countries will leave the Hall in procession to Turku Cathedral (starting approximatly at 3 PM) for the conferral church service. In the evening, there will be a Banquet at Turku Castle at 7.30 PM. The festivities are for invited, but all are welcome to follow the procession (starting approximatly at 3 PM at the Concert Hall going to the church). Programme at the Concert Hall and the Cathedral.

Some of the honorary doctors give lectures during their visit in Turku. For information about the lectures, please click here.

Åbo Akademi University holds the doctoral conferral ceremony roughly every other year. The university invites all those who have completed their doctoral degree at Åbo Akademi University and have not yet participated in the conferral ceremony. In the ceremony, the doctoral conferees receive the outward signs of the title: the doctoral hat, diploma and, in certain faculties, a doctoral sword or other insignia.

You can read more about the doctoral conferral ceremony tradition under Academic traditions.


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Updated 18.5.2018