Conferment ceremony of doctoral degrees
The first conferment ceremony at the University of Borås took place in May 2014 and ceremonies take place annually in May. The purpose of the formal but festive ceremony is a homage to the individuals who have reached the doctoral exam after years of hard work and endurance.
Participate in the conferment ceremony 2017
The University of Borås is entitled to award doctoral degrees within four areas. If you have received your doctoral degree within one of these areas during the period 1 March 2016-28 February 2017 you are entitled to be a part of the annual conferment ceremony of doctoral degrees in 2017. Please contact Johanna Avadahl, Master of Ceremonies, if you are interested in participating in the ceremony. The date for the next conferment ceremony will soon be published.
The conferment ceremony is not a formal examination act. It is optional to participate in this ceremony. A prerequisite for taking part in the ceremony is that you have received you doctoral exam (documented in Ladok) from the University of Borås.
The University of Borås has been granted rights to enrol and examine doctoral students within certain areas. During the annual ceremony those who have received their doctoral degrees in the areas where the university has been granted rights are given their symbols of honour. The symbols consists of a ring, a diploma and a hat or laurel wreath. It is optional to where the symbols.
The History of the Conferment Ceremony
The conferment of doctoral degrees is a tradition that originates from the doctoral examination procedure at the medieval universities. The traditions goes back to the first universities like Bologna, Oxford and Cambridge and the origin of many medieval universities can be traced to cathedral schools or monastic schools which appear as early as the 6th century. The ceremonies at the universities was not surprisingly strongly influenced by the ceremonial traditions shaped by the Roman Catholic church.
The university is a European institution (the word university is derived from the Latin - universitas magistrorum et scholarium, i.e. community of teachers and scholars) and was coined by the University of Bologna founded in 1088 A.D. The community of the university was accorded privileges such as administrative and judicial autonomy.