The Doctoral Conferral Ceremony 2018

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

Persons holding a doctoral degree from Åbo Akademi University were conferred at Turku Concert Hall. This year 91 persons were conferred. Also, the Faculties conferred 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, were conferred as Jubilee Doctor. Click here for more information about the Honorary Doctors and Jubilee Doctors.

The doctoral conferral ceremony started 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 left the Hall in procession to Turku Cathedral for the conferral church service. In the evening, there was a Banquet at Turku Castle. 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.


Material from the conferral ceremony 25 May 2018

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, doctoral hats, diplomas and doctoral swords.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, doctoral hats, diplomas and doctoral swords.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, designer Stefan Lindfors and the new lectern.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, designer Stefan Lindfors and the new lectern.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018,speech by rector Mikko Hupan.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018,speech by rector Mikko Hupan.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Peter Vesterbacka.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Peter Vesterbacka.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Jonas Gardell.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Jonas Gardell.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Jonas Gardell with husband Mark Levengood.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Jonas Gardell with husband Mark Levengood.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, procession to Turku Cathedral.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, procession to Turku Cathedral.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Sirpa Kähkönen and Jonas Gardell on their way up the steps to the Cathedral.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Sirpa Kähkönen and Jonas Gardell on their way up the steps to the Cathedral.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, procession to Turku Cathedral.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, procession to Turku Cathedral.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, rector Mikko Hupa and chancellor Ulrika Wolf-Knuts.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, rector Mikko Hupa and chancellor Ulrika Wolf-Knuts.

Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Mariela Castro Espín.
Åbo Akademi University doctoral conferral ceremony 2018, Honorary Doctor Mariela Castro Espín.

Updated 5.7.2018