Academic events and traditions

Graduation Party 2024

It is time to celebrate the graduates in the traditional Ceremony week with academic festivities. Graduation Party always takes place in the Ceremony week one week before the Midsummer week, in 2024 it will be 12 June. If you have graduated from Aalto University between 1 May 2023 and 30 April 2024, you will be sent an invitation for the party. On this page you will find information about the event programme and possible safety guidelines. Remember to follow this page to see the updates of the coming party.
Graduation Party 2018
Important milestone

At the end of the academic year the new graduates with bachelor's, master's, or licentiate's degrees will be celebrated on Aalto University's campus in Otaniemi, Espoo. Welcome and congratulations!

Ceremony Week is traditionally always one week before the Midsummer week, this year 12 June 2024 Aalto University celebrates the new alum from all the six schools graduated between 1 May 2023 and 30 April 2024. 

Each school has their own graduation ceremony earlier in the afternoon for the graduates of this year. However, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture is an exception, part of the schools' graduates have their own graduation ceremony on the 19 June. All the schools send their own invitations and instructions to these graduation ceremonies.

After the school's graduation ceremony all the graduates with their guests gather to the venue in the park for the Graduation Party. Food & drinks are reserved for everyone attending to enjoy before the Graduation Pin ceremony. Thereafter the party proceeds with music and dancing. 

Doctors are celebrated separately in events of ceremonial conferment.

The event will be photographed for Aalto University communications and marketing purposes.
If you wish not to be in the photos, please inform the photographer during the event.

Graduation Pin, designed by Inni Pärnänen
Graduation pin

The multi-awarded designer Inni Pärnänen and alum of Aalto University designed the graduation pin exclusively for Aalto Graduation Party. The pin can be attached to a jacket collar, cuff or neckline. The centre part of the pin features the Aalto seal designed by Juha Markula, also alum of the university. The seal communicates the university’s values and academic spirit and it is only used on official diplomas in the academic context.

Programme, Alvar Aallon puisto

17–18 Arrival to venue from the schools' graduation ceremonies.
17–20 Food and beverages served and enjoyed.

Speeches by the Provost, toasting the graduates and leading the pin ceremony, and alum, congratulating the graduates. 

Music and dancing.

20.30 Party ends.

Programme details may change.

Management team band A TOP
A!Top kicked off the party!

The first Graduation Party was organised in June 2018 as one of the main events of the first Ceremony Week at Aalto University. Approximately 1300 new alum with their families celebrated on 13 June. At the entrance the guests got their Grad Wraps, refreshments and an optional piccolo bottle of sparkling wine. The graduates were also given an Aalto tote bag and graduation pin with a card. After the pin ceremony and congratulations with short speeches the programme continued with dance in a beautiful summer evening, music provided by A!Top and Boston Promenade big band.

Registration information will follow

The next Graduation Party will take place on 12 June 2024. Invitations with registration link are sent to graduates who have been graduated between 1 May 2023 and 30 April 2024.

Additional questions can be sent by email to [email protected].

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