Conferment Ceremony of the University of Eastern Finland at the Joensuu Campus 28-30 August 2014

29.8.2014

Nearly one hundred young Doctors conferred - festivities continue

The main event of the first Doctoral Conferment Ceremony of the University of Eastern Finland, i.e. the ceremonial conferment of degrees, took place in a festive atmosphere today. A total of 97 doctorates were conferred, and 12 of these were Honorary Doctorates conferred upon persons chosen by the faculties. The doctoral conferment ceremony is an academic rite of passage in which those who have completed their doctoral degree formally receive the insignia associated with this status. At the University of Eastern Finland, the insignia of the doctoral status are the doctoral hat and its emblem, and the doctoral diploma.

The degrees were conferred upon the promovendi by three Conferrers of Degrees. The Conferrers of Degrees are distinguished professors appointed by the three faculties operating on the Joensuu Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Conferrer of Degrees of the Philosophical Faculty was Professor Lea Siilin, and the Conferrer of Degrees of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies was Professor Markku Tykkyläinen. The Conferrer of Degrees of the Faculty of Science and Forestry was Professor Tapani Pakkanen, who also conferred the Honorary Doctorates.


Prima Doctor Maria Takala-Roszczenko gets her doctoral hat.

Festivities continue until Saturday

After the ceremonial conferment of degrees, the doctors and other guests formed a procession and walked to a conferment ceremony service. The festivities will continue with a banquet and ball to be held in Hotel Kimmel in the evening. Several speeches will be heard during the banquet and ball and, traditionally, the Conferrer of Degrees will be carried out of the room in a sedan chair. After the ball at midnight, a toast to the rising sun will be heard, and the night will continue with informal socialising and dancing. On Saturday, the festivities will culminate in a cruise and lunch at Restaurant Utran Uittotupa.

In Finland, the doctoral conferment ceremony tradition has been in use throughout the history of Finnish universities, and each university has also brought its own additions to the tradition. In doctoral conferment ceremonies, traditions play a key role, although the ceremonies also adapt to times.

The doctoral conferment ceremony is a way for the University of Eastern Finland to show its appreciation for persons who have completed a doctoral degree. For the doctorate holders, on the other hand, the doctoral conferment ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate their academic achievements.