The seven new doctors together with Professor Maria Nyström, promoter during the ceremony, and Vice-Chancellor Björn Brorström at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony of 2017.

Conferment ceremony of doctoral degrees

The conferment ceremony at the University of Borås takes place annually in May. The purpose of the formal but festive ceremony is to pay homage to the individuals who have received a doctoral degree after years of hard work.

Participate in the conferment ceremony 
The University of Borås is entitled to award doctoral degrees within certain areas. If you have received your doctoral degree within one of these areas during the period 1 March 2018 - 28 February 2019, you are entitled to be a part of the annual conferment ceremony of doctoral degrees in 2019. Please contact Johanna Avadahl, Master of Ceremonies, if you are interested in participating in the ceremony. 
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 your doctoral degree (documented in Ladok) from the University of Borås.

The University of Borås has been granted rights to 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 wear the symbols.

The History of the Conferment Ceremony

The conferment of doctoral degrees is a tradition that originates from the doctoral examination procedure in medieval universities. The tradition goes back to the first universities such as 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 were, 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 CE. The community of the university was accorded privileges such as administrative and judicial autonomy.