Dress Code

The dress code of the doctoral conferment ceremony is very specific, and all participants are expected to follow the instructions.  It is recommended that participants read these instructions carefully when preparing for the festivities. The dress code can also be found in a table, which is available for viewing and downloading here: Dress code (PDF).

Decorations should be worn in Friday's doctoral conferment ceremony, in the conferment ceremony service and in the banquet and ball. Clerical costumes and military suits may also be worn in the doctoral conferment ceremony, but national costumes should not be worn in these academic festivities.

Doctors

For Thursday's concert, doctoral conferment ceremony rehearsal and evening meal, male doctors should wear a dark suit in black, dark blue or dark grey colour. Female doctors should wear a dress, jacket and skirt, or trouser suit in a colour of their choice.

For Friday's doctoral conferment ceremony, doctors wear black dresses and tailcoats (see the photo on the left).

Male doctors wear a tailcoat with a black vest, a white bow tie, black socks and black shoes. No handkerchief is used. Male doctors should also wear white gloves.

Female doctors wear a full-length black dress with a closed neckline and long sleeves. The fabric of the dress may not be see-through. If the dress has short sleeves, a black, long-sleeved jacket may be worn with it. Female doctors should use black gloves, black socks or stockings, and black shoes. No flashy jewellery, fur accessories or hand bags should be worn in the doctoral conferment ceremony, in the procession, or in the conferment ceremony service.

For Friday's banquet and ball, male doctors should change their black vest to a white one. If no decorations are used, a handkerchief should be worn. Female doctors wear a black, full-length evening dress. The dress may have an open neckline, and it may be short-sleeved, sleeveless or strapless. Jewellery and small hand bags may be used in the banquet and ball.  

The doctoral hat is mandatory for doctors. The hat is worn in Friday's doctoral conferment ceremony, in the procession, and also in Friday's evening event. In the conferment ceremony service male doctors should remove their hats when they enter the church. Female doctors may wear their hats during the service.

For Saturday's cruise and lunch, the dress code is more informal. Doctors should use informal summer wear (weather permitting!) and there are no restrictions as regards the colour of clothing. It is possible to wear a student cap, if applicable, in Saturday's events.

Partners and other guests

For Thursday's concert, doctoral conferment ceremony rehearsal and evening meal, men should wear a dark suit in black, dark blue or dark grey colour. Women should wear a dress, jacket and skirt, or trouser suit in a colour of their choice.

For Friday's doctoral conferment ceremony, male partners and male guests wear a tailcoat with a black vest, or, instead of a tailcoat, a black suit.  A bow tie or a grey tie should be worn with the suit. No handkerchief is used. Female partners and female guests should wear a black, long-sleeved dress with a closed neckline. The length of the dress can be chosen according to taste. Partners and guests should not use gloves or hats, except for possible doctoral hats.  

For Friday's banquet and ball, male guests switch into a white vest or, alternatively, wear a black suit. Female guests should wear a non-black full-length evening dress. The dress may have an open neckline, and it may be short-sleeved or sleeveless. Jewellery and small hand bags may be used in the banquet and ball.  

For Saturday's cruise and lunch, the dress code is more informal. Partners and guests should use informal summer wear (weather permitting!) and there are no restrictions as regards the colour of clothing. It is possible to wear a student cap, if applicable, in Saturday's events.

For further details contact Coordinator Kirsi Bykachev, kirsi.bykachev(at)uef.fi, tel. +358 (0)50 3634819.

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