About the ceremony


All newly-minted doctoral degree recipients who receive their degree during the relevant time period will be contacted and invited to participate in the ceremony. For the ceremony in 2022, the relevant time period is 1 March 2021 - 31 January 2022.


Promovendi (those who have received a doctoral degree and are participating in the ceremony) will be photographed prior to the event so that there will be current photographs available. On the ceremony day, a group photograph will be taken together with the promotor (the Latin term for the person conferring the degrees) and the Vice-Chancellor. The ceremony is documented by a photographer and participants will receive photographs after the event.


We take photos and film during the ceremony as well as the reception for future use in articles, marketing etc. This makes it possible for guests to be seen on photos and film. 


The day prior to the ceremony a mandatory dress rehearsal is held for all involved in the ceremony.


Information about how many guests you may invite to the ceremony will be presented shortly.


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Dress code

For those receiving the degree, the dress code is formal, which means: 

  • Black dress coat with a white vest and white bow tie, black socks and black shoes. 
  • Floor-length gown or trouser suit or a floor-length skirt with separate top. Any colour.

You can also wear a folk costume, but not a military dress uniform. 

You bear your own costs for this.


The Student Union determines the marshalls who will participate in the ceremony. The marshalls are flag-bearers and ushers.


The event opens and closes with a procession led by the Vice-Chancellor. All those being conferred a degree will participate in the procession as well as others who have received their doctoral degree at the university and external guests who have doctorates.


The promotor is determined for each event by the Research and Education Board.

If you have any questions, please contact the Master of Ceremonies.