Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees in Technology 2021

The next ceremonial conferment of the Schools of Technology at Aalto University will take place on Friday 18 June 2021 at Dipoli. The most prestigious of the academic events will be hosted by the School of Chemical Engineering.
Miina Rautiainen ja Ville Viikari as masters of ceremony
Masters of ceremony, photo Aalto University / Heli Sorjonen

A doctorate surely deserves celebration whether your thesis was published in the last academic year or half a century ago.

Ari Sihvola, 2019 conferrer
Old conferment photo

The Ceremonial Conferment is a festive event that has long-standing traditions at Aalto University and its predecessors. The traditions of all Finnish universities have roots in the medieval Europe when the first universities were founded in Italy and France. Nowadays, the Finnish universities are globally unique in keeping the conferment traditions alive.

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In the ceremony, the conferred doctors are accepted as full members of the scientific community. The symbol of the inclusion is the specially made hat that the doctors receive in front of the academia of professors, honorary doctors and jubilee doctors. The ceremony also traditionally includes speeches, music and the procession of the academia to start and finish the ceremony. The conferment continues with dinner and ball with traditional ballroom dances as well as modern party music.

TechConferment2019_Tilli with others
Doc. h.c. Markku Tilli, photo Aalto University / Heli Sorjonen

Honorary doctorates

Aalto University confers honorary doctorates to persons of high standing in the fields of science, technology, arts or business, or in other societal or cultural activities. These persons also have strong connections to Aalto University or have a significant impact to activities at the Aalto University.

In 2020 Aalto University selected five persons with outstanding merits to receive honorary doctorates. The honorary doctorates were awarded in May 2020 with diplomas. However, the new honorary doctors will be conferred in the ceremonial conferment of 2021.

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A new doctor taking a selfie
A new doctor taking a selfie; photo: Aalto University / Heli Sorjonen

Promovendi 2019-2021

The right to participate is a one-time possibility. Only the doctors having completed their doctoral degree between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2021 are entitled to participate in the 2021 Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees in Technology.

If you are planning to finish your doctoral degree before April 2021, please, send an email to [email protected] in order to receive more information. The preregistration for the next conferment will start in September 2020.

Further information for promovendi

Pictures from Conferment Dinner 2019

Photos: Aalto University / Heli Sorjonen




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Information about the Ceremonial Conferment 2021 at the Schools of Technology:

Ceremony Week
Ceremony Week
Tech Conferment 1927
Ceremony Week

Honorary doctors in technology 2020

Aalto University has declared five new Honorary Doctors of Science in Technology.

Doctoral hats, 2016

Honorary doctors 1934-2019

All Honorary Doctors at Aalto University

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