Academic traditions

Lund University has two major annual academic ceremonies: the doctoral degree conferment in May and the inauguration of new professors every autumn and spring. Another important tradition is the inauguration of the vice-chancellor.

An inauguration ceremony for new professors at the Main University Building

Doctoral degree conferment ceremony 28 May 2021

Last updated 9 February 2021

The deans at Lund University have made a joint decision that the doctoral degree conferment ceremony for 2021 will be conducted digitally. Degrees for jubilee doctors and honorary doctors from 2020 and 2021 will be conferred at the ceremony. PhD graduands can choose to take part in this year’s digital doctoral degree conferment ceremony, or defer their participation to an extraordinary ceremony for PhD graduates on 6 May 2022.

Invitations are sent out to all those who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis, or will be conducting a thesis defence, since the most recent ceremony. Invitations are sent out via post in early March to the addresses registered in Ladok. All doctors who were invited to the doctoral degree conferment ceremony for 2020 will receive a new invitation in March 2021.

Inauguration of new vice chancellor

The vice chancellor is appointed by the Swedish Government for a maximum of six years, following a recommendation by the University Board. Every sixth year the new vice chancellor is inaugurated on St Charles’ day, 28 January.

Inauguration of new professors

In Lund, the inauguration of new professors is a public ceremony presided by the vice-chancellor. At least one such ceremony is held each semester, in which the new professors who wish to take part are solemnly inaugurated into their new posts. The Swedish term for the ceremony, 'installation', comes from the ritual of introducing a newly appointed canon (cathedral clergyman) to his place in the choir (stallum, in Latin). Similarly, the University’s vice chancellor has symbolically inaugurated new professors by solemnly leading them in procession to the podium in the University auditorium.

One of the new professors holds a brief popular science lecture on the occasion of the inauguration. The chair of Lund University Students’ Unions makes a speech to the newly inaugurated professors, to which one among them responds.

Doctoral degree conferment ceremony

The doctoral conferment ceremony is the major academic event of the year at Lund University. Ceremonies have been held since the late 1600s, with the ceremony taking place at the end of May/early June. Traditionally, the University's nine faculties together organise the doctoral degree ceremony. At the ceremony, the University bestows its highest honour on those who have completed a doctoral degree and defended their thesis.

Contact information

Carin Brenner
Chief of Protocol

Charlotta Sokulski Bateld
Deputy Chief of Protocol

Annica Blomberg
Deputy Chief of Protocol
overmarskalk [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
+46(0)46 222 7006

Visiting address
Main university building room 205,
Paradisgatan 2, Lund

Postal address
Chief of Protocol
Lund University
Box 117, 221 00 Lund

Invoicing address
Chief of Protocol
Lund University
Box 188, 221 00 Lund

Upcoming events

2021

  • 28 May: Doctoral degree conferment ceremony 
  • 15 October: Inauguration of new professors

2022

  • 1 May: Students' May Day speech to the vice chancellor
  • 3 June: Doctoral degree conferment ceremony
  • 14 October: Inauguration of new professors