Academic events and traditions

Ceremonial Conferment general programme

The Aalto University Schools of Technology will hold their Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees on Friday 14 June 2024 at Dipoli. The School of Engineering is the school responsible for organising the 2024 Ceremonial Conferment.
Promovendi book
Aalto University / Heli Sorjonen

The Ceremonial conferment is a festive event that has long-standing traditions at Aalto University. Every student who completed their doctoral degree in technology between 1 May 2023 and 30 April 2024 is invited to participate in the 2024 Ceremonial Conferment.

Please notice that this is a preliminary programme: the events and the timetables may still slightly change.

Sunday, 9.6.2024 and / or Wednesday, 12.6.2024

Time  Event Location Avec Dress code
Sunday, 9.6. at 17-19 Traditional ballroom dance rehearsals Dipoli, Kaleva hall Yes No specific dress code
Wednesday, 12.6. at 18-20 Traditional ballroom dance rehearsals Dipoli, Kaleva hall Yes No specific dress code

The traditional ballroom dances that are an essential portion of the conferment tradition are the polonaise, cicapo, mignon and grande valse.

If you plan to participate in the dances, we recommend attending at least one of the rehearsal sessions. Attending a rehearsal will also give us an idea of how many dancers to expect, which is especially helpful in the case of the polonaise.

The ballroom dance rehearsals will be arranged at Dipoli, in Kaleva hall

  • on Sunday, 9.6. at 17:00–19:00
  • on Wednesday, 12.6. at 18:00–20:00

Thursday, 13.6.2024

Time Event Location Avec Dress code
12:45-16:45 Honorary Doctors' presentations Dipoli, Lumituuli Not necessary Business casual
17-18  Honorary Doctors' general rehearsals  Dipoli, Kaleva Hall Not necessary Business casual
18-20 Promovendi general rehearsals Dipoli, Kaleva Hall Not necessary No specific dress code

Friday, 14.6.2024

Time Event Location Avec Dress code
12-12.30 Moment of reflection Dipoli, Lumituuli Not necessary Ceremonial (see dress code page)
13.15-14.30 Act of Conferment  Dipoli, Kaleva Hall  Yes Ceremonial (see dress code page)
14.30-15 Sparkling wine Dipoli, Capitolium Yes Ceremonial (see dress code page)
18.30-19 Guests arrive through Juhlaovi, sparkling wine Dipoli, Capitolium Yes Ceremonial (see dress code page)
19-00 Conferment banquet and ball Dipoli, Kaleva hall Yes Ceremonial (see dress code page)
00-03 After party Dipoli, Juhla lobby Yes Ceremonial (see dress code page)
New Doctor Eija Raussi-Lehto giving her speech

You have managed to turn your entire thesis process into an empowering birth experience of getting to know, and that will carry you far!

Eija Raussi-Lehto, Doctor of Science in Technology 2023
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