Doctoral Conferment Ceremony of the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, 4 - 6 June 2015

Studia Generalia on Thursday 4 June is open for public. All the other events are aimed at invited guests.

NB! The changes in schedule are possible.

For further details contact Secretary Kaisu Kortelainen, kaisu.kortelainen(at)



Thursday 4 june 2015

Time: Action: Place:
1-4 p.m.  Studia Generalia, open for audience University campus
6-8 p.m. Conferment Ceremony Rehearsal Kuopio Music Center,
Concert Hall
8 p.m.-

Torch Celebration

Kuopio Music Center,
Hall of Light

Friday 5 June 2015

Time: Action: Place:
11:30 a.m.

Get together

Kuopio Music Center,
Hall of Light
12:00 Doctoral Conferment Ceremony Kuopio Music Center,
Concert Hall
3:45 p.m. Procession From Music Center to Theatre
4:30-5:15 p.m. Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Kuopio Theatre
7:00 p.m. Reception for the Banquet Restaurant Scandic Kuopio
7:30 p.m. Banquet Restaurant Scandic Kuopio
11:30 p.m.-
3 a.m.

Ball, Late Night Snack and
Address to the Dawn

Kuopio Music Center,
Hall of Light

Saturday 6 june 2015

Time:               Action:                                   Place:
11:45 a.m. Get together Kuopio passanger harbour
12:00 Conferment Ceremony Cruise                                       Boats from Kuopio passanger harbour
12:30-3 p.m. Lunch Alahovi Berry Farm
2-3:30 p.m. Cruise back Boats to Kuopio passanger harbour


Studia Generalia

Programme of Studia Generalia

Thursday, 4 June from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., University campus, Canthia CA101, Yliopistonranta 1 C

Studia Generalia is open for public. Forensic Dentist Helena Ranta, Professor Staffan Höjer (University of Gothenburg), Professor Richard C. Flagan (California Institute of Technology) and Professor Sirpa Jalkanen (University of Turku, National Institute for Health and Welfare) have presentations and Academic Rector Jaakko Puhakka is the Chair.

Conferment Ceremony Rehearsal

Thursday, 4 June from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Kuopio Music Centre, Kuopionlahdenkatu 23

All doctors to be promoted – honorary doctors included – are expected to take part in the conferment ceremony rehearsal. The rehearsal starts with everybody finding their places for the procession. After that, the conferment ceremony will be gone through in detail to make sure that everyone knows what to expect and how to act in the conferment ceremony on Friday.

NB! The promovendi need to deliver their doctoral hats to the ceremony organisers before the rehearsal. The hat must have a name tag inside. The doctoral hats are received at the Hall of Light of Music Centre from 5:30 p.m.

Torch Celebration

Thursday 4 June from 8 p.m., Kuopio Music Centre, Kuopionlahdenkatu 23

Torch Celebration is organized by the Doctors' Committee. The event is intended as a get-together-and-get-to-know-each-other party.

Welcoming toast and buffet dinner with wine are included in the participation fee. The guests may purchase drinks in the bars open over the event.


  • Welcoming toast and address by MD Mikko Taina, Chair of the Young Doctors' Committee
  • Torch Ceremony, PhD Antti Lipponen and PhD Maria Lankinen
  • Hat Fitting Ceremony, Master of Ceremonies Minna Valkonen-Korhonen
    The hat fitting is a traditional ceremony before the conferment ceremony. The doctoral hats are arranged on tables and the fitting of the hats takes place under the guidance of the Master of Ceremonies. The doctoral hat is "fitted" so that the doctor's companion or a marshal lightly touches the hair of the doctor or honorary doctor with the hat.
  • Buffet-dinner
  • Dancing and socialising. Music by the band Sami ja Kuninkaalliset
  • Good night wish, PhD Katariina Nissinen

The event ends at 12 midnight, bars are closed at 11:30 p.m.

Doctoral Conferment Ceremony

Friday, 5 June at 12 noon, Kuopio Music Centre, Concert Hall, Kuopionlahdenkatu 23

The honorary doctors, the promovendi, professors and others participating in the procession meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Hall of Light.
The audience is expected to be in the Concert Hall by 11:45 a.m.
The doctoral conferment ceremony begins at 12 noon.


  • Academic Procession. Music: Jean Sibelius, Academic March
  • Rector's Address, Rector Jukka Mönkkönen
  • Address by the Conferment of Degrees, Professor Asla Pitkänen
  • Question to the Primus Doctor, Professor Vesa-Pekka Lehto
  • Reply by the Primus Doctor, PhD Joakim Riikonen
  • Music: Jean Sibelius, Valse Triste
  • Conferment of Honorary Doctorates
  • Conferment of Doctorates
  • Music: Jean Sibelius, Finlandia
  • The Finnish National Anthem "Maamme"
  • Processional Music: Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance

Conferrers of Degrees:
Dean, Professor Jukka Jurvelin, Faculty of Science and Forestry
Professor Juha Hämäläinen, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies
Professor Asla Pitkänen, Faculty of Health Sciences

Master of Ceremonies: Professor Minna Valkonen-Korhonen
Head Master: Professor Tommi Laukkanen

Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rauno Tikkanen
Kuopio Male Choir

Procession to the Theatre

Friday, 5 June. The procession starts at 3:45 p.m.

The procession gets organised at the Hall of Light in Music Centre at 3:30. The procession route from Music Centre to Theater will be informed later.

ECUMENICAL thanksgiving Service

Friday, 5 June at 4:30 p.m. at the Theatre, Niiralankatu 2
The programme of the service will be announced later.


Friday, 5 June, at restaurant Hotel Scandic, Satamakatu 1.

The reception begins at 7 p.m. at the lobby of the restaurant. Rector Jukka Mönkkönen receive the banquet guests.
The programme of the banquet begins at 7:30 p.m.

Appetisers, a main course, dessert and coffee will be served. Sparkling wine will be served as a toast, white and red wine with dinner, and cognac or liqueur with coffee. More detailed information about the menu will be announced later.


  • Opening of the banquet, Rector Jukka Mönkkönen
  • Address to the Honorary Doctors, Professor Jukka Jurvelin
  • Answer by the Honorary Doctor
  • Address to the Doctors, Professor Juha Hämäläinen
  • Answer by the Ultimus Doctor, MD Harri Makkonen

After the banquet, the guests can move to the Music Centre by bus transport.

The Ball and Late Night Party

Friday, 5 June. Beginning at 11:30 p.m., Music Centre, Kuopionlahdenkatu 23.

A light late night snack and two drinks are included in the participation fee. The guests may purchase drinks in the bars open over the event.


  • The Ball at the Hall of Light. In the ball, the doctors dance traditional dances.
  • The Marshalls remove their ribbons
  • Address to a Friend, DSoc.Sc Merja Tarvainen
  • Late Night Snack
  • Address to the Dawn, Professor Tomi-Pekka Tuomainen
  • Dance and socialising

The event ends at 3 a.m. on Saturday, bars are closed at 2:30 a.m.

Conferment Ceremony Cruise and Lunch

Saturday, 6 June, beginning at 11:45 a.m.


  • Gathering at the Kuopio passenger harbour at 11:45 a.m.
  • Cruise starts at 12:00 a.m. Passanger boats Queen and Ukko
  • Welcoming toast in the boat
  • Address by Doctor: D.Sc. (Econ.) Esa Hiltunen and PhD Henri Siljanen
  • Lunch at the restaurant Alahovi Berry Farm
  • The boats return to the Kuopio passenger harbour at around 3:30 p.m.

End of the festivities.