What is the Conferment of Degrees Ceremony?

What is the Conferment of Degrees Ceremony?

Conferment of Degrees Ceremony

The Conferment of the Degrees Ceremony emphasizes the high value of education. It is an academic festivity, during which Masters', Doctors' and Honorary Doctors' degrees are conferred.

One can also attend in absence (absens), in which case the Latin-language diploma is delivered to the absentee after the Ceremony, and his/her name and CV are included in the Invitation Book register.

The tradition of the Conferment of Degrees in Finland

The first Conferment of Degrees Ceremony was arranged by the old University of Turku in 1643. The founding document of the Turku Academy from 1640 connected the Academy to the traditions of Uppsala University, and then through to traditions in Paris. For centuries Doctors, Masters, and Baccalaureus have been conferred according to this tradition.

In Finland, the traditional degree ceremonies have taken place throughout the history of our universities. Traditions are an important part of the conferment festivities, even though the degree ceremony does change with the times.

The previous Conferment of Degrees Ceremonies at the University of Jyväskylä were in 1969, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2013 and 2016. Faculties have also conferred Honorary Doctors during other festivities.

The Conferment of Master’s Degrees is organised at four Finnish universities. This is internationally unique – nowhere else in the world are conferment ceremonies held for masters. It is included in the National Inventory of Living Heritage maintained by The Finnish Heritage Agency.