The Ceremonial Conferment of all the faculties of the University of Turku is organised 28–29 May 2020.
The conferment festivities last for two days and include the Sword Sharpening Ceremony, Ceremonial Conferment, academic procession, Service, Banquet and Ball.
In the Ceremonial Conferment proceedings, academic traditions represent continuity and a bond between today’s science and higher education and old European cultural heritage. The first Ceremonial conferment for doctors of all the faculties of the University of Turku was held in 1927.
The registration is now open and the last day for registering to the event is 28 February, by which you have to have completed your doctoral degree and the faculty must have approved it.
We will send more information during the spring for those who have registered for the event.
You can contact us by email: promootio(at)utu.fi
Everyone attending the Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees needs to have a doctoral hat and a doctoral sword in order to participate.
The doctor orders the hat for themselves. We recommend ordering the hat as soon as possible. The hats are made by hand, so the time of delivery can be long.
At the University of Turku, all the doctors have a black hat except the doctors of law who have a burgundy hat.
Please note that some of the below prices are from 2017. Those prices may change before the next Ceremonial Conferment.
Doctoral Hats and Their Prices
The prices include VAT and a hatbox. The appointment for taking measurements must be booked in advance.
The price of all hats apart from the doctor of science hat includes an emblem. The University of Turku has its own emblem for doctors of science, and it can be purchased exclusively at the Department of Future Technologies (Maarit Tammelin), located at the Agora Building, 4th floor. The prize of the emblem is 35 €.
Hattuliike Kristiina (FULL BOOKED, NOT ACCEPTING NEW ORDERS)
Rauhankatu 12 a C (on the yard side)
tel. +358 50 550 1103
the price of the hat is 580 €
the hat for doctors of science of the University of Turku 580 € (emblem not included)
E.R. Wahlman Oy
tel. +358 9 634 313
the price of the hat starts from 745 € (depending on the material of the hatbox)
the hat for doctors of science 755 € (emblem not included)
When ordering the hat, you can also order a sword, the price is 385 € + engraving 15 €.
In Turku, Classic Man at Humalistonkatu 3, supplies doctoral hats to Wahlman, a commission is included.
Hattuateljee Memmu Lankila
Itäinen Teatterikuja 5
tel. +358 400 633 799
prices in 2017 were:
the price of the hat is 615 €
the hat for doctors of science of the University of Turku 685 € (emblem not included)
the hat for doctors of law 615 €
Ab Melanders Hattfabrik Oy
Hämeentie 155 A 10, 00560 Helsinki
Puh. 0400 485536
the price of the hat is 649 €
the hat for doctors of science of the University of Turku 619 € (emblem not included)
Tohtorinhatut Harvest EB
the price of the hat is 595 €
the hat for doctors of science of the University of Turku 620 € (emblem not included)
Price -5% if ordered by 3 January 2020
They also rent doctoral hats.
In the Ceremonial Conferment, all the doctors and honorary doctors carry a sword. Each university has its own emblem on the doctoral sword. The emblem of the University of Turku is the winged torch. Turku School of Economics has their own emblem.
You can order a doctoral sword from:
Au-Holmberg Oy (customer service)
Linnankatu 9-11 (Midas Kultasepät)
tel. 02-231 6419
Open on weekdays at 11.00 - 17.00
You can also order and pay the sword online Au-Holmberg.fi (web pages only in Finnish)
The price is 250 € (VAT included) and it includes the doctoral sword (85 cm or 95 cm) with an engraving, The emblem of the University of Turku with 24 carat gilding, belt clip and a cloth cover bag.
The sword can either be picked up from the store, sent by post (15 €) or delivered to the University in May 2020.
Au-Holmberg Oy also manufactures sword belts for ladies, the price is 50 €/piece. The sizes are S = 60-75 cm, M = 75-90 cm, L = 90-105 cm.
The belt is fastened with strong Velcro.
The Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees is the most formal academic celebration and the dress code is very precise.
Sword Sharpening Ceremony
Ladies: dress, jacket suit or sophisticated trouser suit (length and colour are optional)
Gentlemen: dark suit (black, dark blue or dark grey)
Doctors, ladies: long, black gown with long sleeves (not décolleté), black gloves, black shoes (not open from the heel), no handbag
Doctors, gentlemen: white tie: black waistcoat, white bow tie, white gloves, black, thin leather shoes, no white pocket square
Doctor’s companion, gentlemen: white tie or a dark suit
Doctor’s companion, ladies: dark, long or short evening dress, no hat
Guests, ladies: dark, long or short evening dress, no hat
Guests, gentlemen: white tie or a dark suit
Those who participate in the Academic Procession dress in the similar manner to the honorary doctors and doctors or in the doctoral dress of the university the person has graduated from, only the honorary doctors, doctors and officiants have a sword.
Ceremonial Conferment Banquet
Doctors, ladies: long, black gown, doctoral hat, sword
Doctors, gentlemen: white tie: white waistcoat, white pocket square*, doctoral hat, sword (patent leather shoes)
Doctor’s companion, gentlemen: white tie: white waistcoat, white pocket square* (patent leather shoes)
Doctor’s companion, ladies: long gown (preferably coloured)
Guests, ladies: long gown (preferably coloured)
Guests, gentlemen: white tie: white waistcoat, white pocket square* (patent leather shoes)
*) If there are no decorations
At the banquet, only the doctors and the officiants have the doctoral hats and swords.
Closer instructions on the use of the doctor’s hat and sword will be delivered separately.
The information about the conferrers will be updated as soon as possible.
Faculty of Humanities &
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Professor, Vice Rector Kalle-Antti Suominen
Faculty of Medicine
Professor Juha Varrela
Turku School of Economics
Professor Matti J. Sillanpää
Faculty of Law
Professor Veli-Pekka Viljanen
Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Leo Nyqvist
Faculty of Education
Professor Pasi Koski
Ceremonial conferment committee 2020
Master of Ceremonies, Professor Anne Kovalainen, Turku School of Economics
Head Marshal, Professor Janne Salminen, Faculty of Law
Communications Director Anne Paasi, University Communications
Responsible for practical matters:
Communications Coordinator Liisa Reunanen, University Communications, Committee Secretary, tel. 050 339 4750, email@example.com
Department Secretary Jaana Fieandt, University Services
tel. 050 303 1636, firstname.lastname@example.org