In Sweden there are three common insignia for doctors which are endued the doctor at the conferment ceremony: the diploma, the ring and the hat or laurel wreath. The insignia has symbolic significance dating back as far as to the roman empire. 


In the beginning the diploma was a proof of the acquired grade and a ratification of the rights associated to the degree for the individual. The diploma is a reminiscence of the past and is not a formal proof of the doctoral degree.

The University of Borås makes the diplomas which is a gift to each doctor in the conferment ceremony. The text in the diploma is in Latin, however the name itself  is not changed to a Latin form. 


The ring is worn on the left ring finger and symbolises the matrimony with science. The doctoral graduation ring is made of gold also to symbolize fidelity. The design varies between the universities but a common feature in the design of the ring in Sweden is the presence of oak leaves or laurel.

The ring has to be purchased by the doctor who wants to wear it at the ceremony. The ring must be ordered at least a month before the conferment ceremony. The University of Borås use the doctor of philosophy ring, and nothing else.

Recommended place of purchase

Hovjuvelerare Martin Johansson AB
Kungsportsavenyn 27
400 14 Göteborg
Telefon: 031-16 00 50

Doctoral hat

The doctoral hat symbolises freedom as well as power. The doctoral hat in Sweden is always black and pleated. At the front of the hat a golden buckle is placed which represents the faculty from which the doctor has received his/hers degree. The faculty buckles vary from one university to another. The hat was associated to the referred higher faculties in the middle ages (theology, law, medicine and pharmacy).

At the University of Borås a hat can be used by the doctors of a technology degree or artistic degree within one of the following degrees:

  • Degree of Doctor of Philosophy - Resourse Recovery
  • Degree of Doctor of Philosophy - Textile Materials Engineering
  • Degree of Doctor of Philosophy - Design

The doctor who wants to receive and bear a hat at the ceremony must order and purchase this himself/herself. Please contact the Master of Ceremonies after you've ordered the hat.

Recommended place of purchase

Franzéns Hattmakeri
Västra Skansgatan 1B
413 02 Göteborg
E-mail: info@hattmakarna.se
Web: www.hattmakarna.se

The hats are handmade upon request and have to be ordered a couple of months in ahead of the ceremony. The last date to order the hat for the 2016 ceremony is 4 March 2016. You should visit the hat maker so that a measurement of your head and shape can be made. The price (in 2015) for a hat without the buckle is about 3 500 SEK (VAT to be added). The cost for the buckle will be added. 

Laurel wreath

The laurel wreath is associated to the philosophical faculties. All doctors degrees, except the doctors of technology, should use the wreath at the conferment ceremony, nonetheless, a hat can be bought afterwards and be worn at ceremonial occasions.

At the University of Borås a can be used by the doctors of a philosophy.

  • Degree of Doctor of Philosophy - Library and Information Science
  • Degree of Doctor of Philosophy - Textile Management

The laurel wreath is handmade upon request and have to be ordered at least two months ahead of the ceremony. The circumference (centimetres) of your head is needed for making the wreath. No visit beforehand is necessary. The cost is about 500 SEK.

Recommended place of purchase

Telefon: 0708-11 79 64
E-post: viveka@blomsteraktoren.se