Doctoral degree parade

Doctoral degree ceremony 

Spex performance

Circus performance at the student carnival "Lundakarnevalen"


The female spex "Boelspexarna"

Student carnival

The student carnival "Lundakarnevalen"

Lund University Male Voice Choir's May Day performance

Traditions at Lund

Founded in 1666, Lund University has a number of traditions which continue to be passed on to each new generation of students at Lund.

"Doktorspromotionen" - doctoral conferment ceremony

The doctoral conferment ceremony
is the major academic event of the year at Lund University, accompanied by all the usual pomp and circumstance. It is a tradition which dates back as far as 1670 with ceremonies taking place at the end of May or early June, in Lund Cathedral.  At the ceremony, the University bestows its highest honour on those who have completed a doctoral degree and defended their thesis. Canon salutes ring around the city to celebrate the new doctors, who are dressed in black and wear special hats or laurel wreathes. The tradition of this ceremony has even featured in an Ingmar Bergman film!

"Lundakarnevalen" - student carnival 

"Lundakarnevalen" is a student carnival, arranged every fourth year by some 5 000 student volunteers. The carnival is an old tradition in Lund, dating back to 1849, and each carnival has a different theme. The event features an array of shows, entertainment and food and drink, with all events open to the public. The carnival was most recently held in May 2014.

"Spex" - student theatre

Humour and talent are combined to produce Lundaspexarna" student theatre - farcical comedy/musicals based on historical events, performed by a male cast. Spex is one of Lund's more eccentric traditions and dates back to 1886.  Boelspexarna also takes place, where it is the women who take to the stage to perform the hilarious comedy theatre/musicals. Other "spex" include the Faculty of Medicine's "Toddyspexarna" (since 1895), the School of Engineering's "Jesperspexet" and "Var GladSpexarna" organised by the Academic Society together with the nations and student unions. 

Studentafton - an evening/interview with an invited guest 

 “Studentafton” is a tradition since 1905 organised by the Academic Society where invited guests are interviewed in an intimate, informal setting with an audience of students on campus. Famous guests over the years include Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Ingmar Bergman and Will Ferrell.

Valborg/Sista April - spring celebration

On 30 April, as spring approaches, Lund University students gather together for Valborg, or "sista april" (the last day of April) for a festive celebration. The day usually starts with groups of students gathering together for a light breakfast with champagne and strawberries. During the day, students gather in "Stadsparken" (the city park) for barbecues and drinks, in the build up to the traditional Valborg bonfire and singing of songs in the evening. 

Lunds Studentsångförening - Lund University Male Voice Choir

A tradition from 1831, the Lund University Male Voice Choir is the oldest choir in Sweden and is today one of Sweden's top male choirs. The choir gives one major concert every semester, often with well known guest artists invited, but it is most famous for its annual 1 May Day appearance on the steps of the main university building, which is broadcast live on Swedish television. 

Lunds Akademiska Kör , the Lund Academic Choir, was founded in 1927, originally as a female choir, but today is a mixed male and female choir comprising current Lund University students, including PhD staff.

Bella Voce is a female, four-part choir comprising Lund University students and alumni. They are in popular demand for their spine-tingling "Lucia" performances - the Lucia celebration is one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden.


Lundakarnevalen is held every 4 years -here is the official video from 2014:

Here is a video of the student carnival 2014 made by an international student, Zander Cowan (Pelham Island Pictures)