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Academic traditions

Lund University has two major annual academic ceremonies: the doctoral degree conferment in May and the inauguration of new professors every autumn. 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

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.

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.

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.

    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
    Stora Algatan 4, 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


    2022

    • 28 October: Inauguration of new professors

    2023

    • 26 May: Doctoral degree conferment ceremony
    • 13 October: Inauguration of new professors

    2024

    • 31 May: Doctoral degree conferment ceremony
    • 18 October: Inauguration of new professors

    2025

    • 23 May: Doctoral degree conferment ceremony
    • 17 October: Inauguration of new professors