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The Doctoral Degree Conferment Ceremony – the ceremonial highlight of the spring – is postponed

Lund University will not hold its traditional doctoral degree conferment ceremony this spring. This is because the ceremony involves many participants and guests from different parts of Sweden and the rest of the world. In addition, the conferment ceremony procession between the main University building and the cathedral attracts a large crowd.

The doctoral degree conferment ceremony is the University’s most important academic celebration where we celebrate research and the doctoral graduates who have completed their research studies and defended their theses. This has not been an easy decision to make, but there is too much uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus for us to be able to plan and carry out a major ceremony in May and we are therefore postponing it until next year”, says Lund University’s Head of Special Events and Protocol, Carin Brenner.

The doctors who would have had their degrees conferred at the faculties’ joint ceremony on 29 May, together with the jubilee and honorary doctors, will therefore be invited to a rescheduled ceremony next year.

“We are now working very intensively to see how we can provide all those who have looked forward to the conferment ceremony this spring with a classic and beautiful ceremony in May 2021”, says Carin Brenner.

Conferment ceremony facts:

The annual doctoral degree conferment ceremony is the faculties’ most important academic celebration. The doctoral graduates who completed their research studies and defended their theses at Lund University during the past year receive their degrees at a solemn ceremony in Lund Cathedral. The ceremony also celebrates jubilee doctors – those who earned their doctoral degrees 50 years ago – and honorary doctors, who are welcomed into the University’s research community.

Lund University, founded in 1666, has been holding doctoral degree conferment ceremonies since 1670.

 

For more information, contact:
Carin Brenner, Head of Special Events and Protocol, overmarskalk [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se

 

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