The University of Turku will postpone the Ceremonial Conferment aimed for the spring 2021


The ceremonial conferment of doctoral degrees, planned previously for 2020 and then postponed to May 2021, has been postponed again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new dates for the ceremonial conferment will be announced later.

The University of Turku was planning to celebrate the ceremonial conferment in May 2020. Due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the conferment ceremony was moved from May to September. As the event in September was also cancelled, the university aimed to organise the ceremonial conferment in the spring 2021. Now the university has decided to postpone the event once more.

– The vaccines will hopefully reduce the spread of the pandemic during the spring, but nonetheless the ceremonial conferment with hundreds of participants cannot be carried out in May without a risk. Being able to celebrate together and experience a true sense of community play such an important role in this event, that we also didn't want to change this traditional celebration into a virtual ceremony, says professor Anne Kovalainen, the chair of the ceremonial conferment committee.

The university will decide and announce the new dates for the ceremonial conferment later. 

Those who have registered for the ceremonial conferment in 2020 will be given precedence for the new registration. 

More detailed information will be updated on the website as soon as possible. All those registered previously will also be informed personally about the new dates and the new registration for the event.


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Created 07.12.2020 | Updated 30.09.2021