The 20th Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees at TKK on 2 April 2008
Press release 31 March 2008 The ceremonial conferment of doctoral degrees of the ‘TKK – Hundred Years as a University’ centennial year will be held on Wednesday 2 April 2008. Doctoral degrees are conferred upon a record number of young doctors, 402, 87 of which are women and 56 foreigners. For the very first time in the history of TKK, the title of Jubilee Doctor will be conferred upon TKK doctors who obtained their doctorates 50 years ago.
Honorary Doctorates Conferred for Significant Contributions to Society and Science
Honorary doctorates are conferred upon the following 14 persons:
President of the Republic Tarja Halonen, Professor Asit K. Biswas (Mexico), Professor, University Chancellor Anders Flodström (Sweden), Professor Rolf Jeltsch (Switzerland), Professor Andres Keevallik (Estonia), Academician Juha Leiviskä, President & CEO Erkki KM Leppävuori, Director Kai Levander, Professor Lennart Ljung (Sweden), Professor Fernando H. Lopes da Silva (Netherlands), Chairman Ilpo Martikainen, Group Design Director Eero Miettinen, Professor Douglas D. Osheroff (USA) and president Teresa Presas (Belgium).
In the previous conferment ceremonies, honorary doctorates have been conferred upon altogether 132 persons. In addition to Tarja Halonen, TKK has conferred honorary doctorates upon three other Presidents of the Republic of Finland, namely upon Martti Ahtisaari, Mauno Koivisto and Urho Kekkonen.
Only Doctoral Degrees Conferred at the Ceremony
Exactly one hundred years ago, on 2 April 1908, the Polytechnic Institute was granted university status by imperial decree, allowing the school, renamed Technical University of Finland, to grant the degree Doctor of Science. Since the very beginning, only doctoral degrees have been conferred at the solemn ceremony. In the early years, obtaining a Doctor of Science was uncommon: at the ceremonial conferment held in 1949, a Doctor of Science was only conferred upon 57 people. In the past hundred years, more than 2 400 Doctors of Science or Philosophy have graduated from TKK.
The conferment of doctoral degrees at TKK is a one-day ceremony. The day begins with a procession and musical performances and climaxes with the conferment of degrees, during which the conferrer places the doctor’s hats upon the young doctors’ heads. In the evening celebration, the banquet, evening gowns and white ties, ballroom dancing as well as the inspiring speeches and music create a festive and academic, but convivial atmosphere.
PR and Communications of TKK, tel. +358 9 4511, or e-mail pr [at] tkk [dot] fi
Ms Anne Johansson, Event Co-ordinator, tel. +358 9 451 2002, e-mail anne.johansson [at] tkk [dot] fi