13.08.2018

Dress Code as a table

Conferment of Degrees Ceremony participants are required to follow the traditional dress code and behavioural norms. Listed below are the dress codes for the different activities. Explanations of the dress codes are at the bottom of the page. Accessories mentioned in parentheses are optional.

Participant Sword sharpening Garland binding Act of Conferment Degree Ceremony dinner and Ball Cruise
Doctor, male formal dress, sword - academic white tie, doctoral hat and sword formal dress, doctoral hat and sword smart casual, (student's cap)
Doctor, female colourful evening dress, sword - black full-length gown, high necked, long sleeves; black shoes; (short) black gloves; no jewellery; doctoral hat and sword black full-length evening dress; black shoes; long black gloves; doctoral hat and sword smart casual, (student's cap)
Doctor's companion, female colourful evening dress - black full-length gown, high necked, long sleeves; black shoes; (short) black gloves; no jewellery, (doctoral hat) black full-length evening dress; black shoes; long black gloves, (doctoral hat) smart casual, (student's cap)
Doctor's companion, male formal dress - academic white tie, (doctoral hat) formal dress, (doctoral hat) smart casual, (student's cap)
Master, male - dark or light suit, (student's cap) academic white tie, garland, master's ring formal dress, garland, master's ring smart casual, (student's cap)
Master, female - sunday best, (student's cap) white full-length gown, high necked, long sleeves; white gloves, white shoes, garland, master's ring white full-length evening dress, long white gloves, white shoes, garland, master's ring  smart casual, (student's cap)
Master's companion, female - sunday best, (student's cap) white full-length gown, high necked, long sleeves; white gloves, white shoes, (doctoral hat) white full-length evening dress, long white gloves, white shoes, (doctoral hat) smart casual, (student's cap)
Master's companion, male - dark or light suit, (student's cap) academic white tie, (doctoral hat) formal dress, (doctoral hat) smart casual, (student's cap)

Dress code explanations

MEN

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Dark suit
(Garland binding)

  • Black, dark blue or dark grey suit
 tumma puku, pyhäpuku

Formal dress
(Sword sharpening, Degree Ceremony dinner and Ball)

  • Tailcoat/white tie, white waistcoat
  • Black patent leather shoes, dark socks
  • White gloves (when dancing)
  • White pocket square
  • No wristwatch
  • Note: no pocket square when wearing decorations
juhlapuku juhlapuku ja kunniamerkit

Academic white tie
(Act of Conferment)

  • Tailcoat/white tie, black waistcoat
  • Black patent leather shoes, dark socks
  • White gloves
  • No pocket square
  • No wristwatch
akateeminen juhlapuku

Smart casual
(Cruise)

  • Suit or two-piece suit
arkipuku

WOMEN

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Sunday best
(Garland binding)

  • Dress or jacket and skirt
 tumma puku, pyhäpuku sunday best

Colourful evening dress
(Sword sharpening)

  • Full-length evening dress made out of quality fabric
  • Wide or narrow
  • Main colour of the dress something other than black or white
värillinen iltapuku värillinen iltapuku

Black full-length gown
(Doctor and doctor's companion at the Act of Conferment)

  • Full-length evening dress made out of quality fabric
  • Wide or narrow
  • High necked, long sleeved
  • Black shoes
  • No jewelry
  • Black gloves (can be short but should at least cover wrists)
tohtorin juhlapuku aktissa tohtorin juhlapuku aktissa  tohtorin juhlapuku aktissa
 
  • White dress of a master promovendi or female companion must be simple, full-length, smooth and plain, white or natural white.
  • No pearls, sequins, lace, extra frill, ruffle or flounce.
  • Hemline can be wide.
  • Female master promovendi or an accompanying person can have just one dress, if a long sleeved, non-revealing coat is worn on top in the Act of Conferment.
  • Gloves can be short at the Act of Conferment but should at least cover wrists. At the Degree Ceremony dinner and Ball the gloves must be long. Long gloves can be to or over the elbow. Gloves are not worn while eating but are used while dancing. 
  • Overcoats are not used. 
  • Shoes should fit the colour of the dress. Shoes need to be practical enough to walk during the degree ceremony procession from the University Main Building to Jyväskylä City Church.

White full-length gown
(Master and master's companion at the Act of Conferment)

  • Full-length evening dress made out of quality fabric
  • High necked, long sleeved
  • White shoes
  • (Short) white gloves
valkoinen puku aktissa

Full-length evening dress
(Degree Ceremony dinner and Ball)

  • Full-length evening dress made out of quality fabric
  • White (master and master's companion) or
    black (doctor and doctor's companion)
  • Wide or narrow
  • Can be low-cut or strapless
  • Long gloves, can be to or over the elbow, should fit the colour of the dress (white/black)
  • Shoes should fit the colour of the dress (white/black)
valkoinen puku illalla juhlapuku illalla

Smart casual
(Cruise)

  • Dress, jacket and skirt or trouser suit
arkipuku

GENERAL

  • Doctoral sword:
    • For carrying the sword, ladies’ outfits for the conferment day should include a belt or other similar aid that matches the outfit. The sword can be attached creatively, for example, by wearing the belt under the skirt and taking out some of the seam. In a two-piece outfit, the fastening can be hidden under the top. If it is unreasonably difficult to modify the outfit, the sword can also be carried in the left hand. 
  • Doctoral hat:
    • All doctors participating in the Act of Conferment are recommended to wear a doctoral hat. However, it is obligatory only for doctors to be conferred. The hat is used in the day and evening events of the conferment day. 
  • Accessories: 
    • Bags, wristwatches, striking jewellery or fur are not used at the Act of Conferment. A hidden pocket for small objects can be sewn into a skirt at the waist, for example. Jewellery is allowed at the dinner and Ball.
  • Decorations
    • Full-size decorations are worn both at the Act of Conferment and at the dinner and Ball. Pocket square is not used when wearing full-size decorations. 
  • Student's cap
    • Student's cap should be worn at the Garland binding dinner and the Degree Ceremony cruise by all those who own one.