The 2023 Ceremony Week culminated in Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees in Technology - 53 new doctors received their hats
The ceremonial conferment of doctoral degrees in technology in 2023 took place on Friday 16 June.
This year there were 146 new doctorates in total, and 53 new doctors took part in the conferment. The proportion of participants among all graduates - somewhat over a third - was slightly higher than in previous years. 48 of the new doctors were women.
Seven honorary doctorates were granted this year to distinguished persons in the fields of science, technology and society. The honorary doctors gave their speeches on Thursday in an open seminar. Eight jubilee doctors - those who have completed their doctorate 50 years earlier - are attending this year's ceremony. All together, there are 19 jubilee doctors.
The conferment is the most prestigious of academic celebrations. In the event, new doctors receive their hats and they are taken in as full members of the academic community. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages. In Finland, the first conferment ceremony specifically for doctors of technology took place in 1934.
The conferment ceremony of Aalto University's four schools of technology is held annually, although the covid pandemic forced a two-year pause in festivities before last year's big event. The schools take turns hosting the event. This year, the event is hosted by the School of Science.
You can see more photos and video highlights of the event on a separate Memories page.
Ceremonial Conferment pictures (Photos: Aalto University / Heli Sorjonen)
Honorary doctor Kurt Mehlhorn at the Honorary Doctors' Talks
Honorary doctor Tuula Antola at the Honorary Doctors' Talks
Moment of reflection
Moment of reflection
Masters of ceremony Arno Solin and Pauliina Ilmonen
Procession entering Kaleva, Aalto leadership
Audience in Kaleva: Honorary doctors (first row), Jubilee doctors (second row), and new doctors to be conferred
Procession exiting Kaleva: conferrer Pter Lund followed by honorary doctors
Master of ceremony Arno Solin congratulating new doctor Yuxin Hou
Group picture of honorary doctors and Aalto leadership: (left to right) Dean Jouko Lampinen, Honorary Doctors Jyri Kosola, Arto Nurmikko, Hubert Girault, Tuula Antola, Ari Niemelä, Minna Karstunen and Kurt Mehlhorn, Provost Kristiina Mäkelä, Conferrer Peter Lund and President Ilkka Niemelä
People ready for dinner
Dinner music by Ida Elina
Masters of ceremony Pauliina Ilmonen and Arno Solin interviewing Jubilee doctor Iija Pietikäinen
New Doctor Eija Raussi-Lehto giving her speech
People dancing the first dance, Polonaise
People dancing old ballroom dances
The Ceremonial Conferment is a festive event that has long-standing traditions.
An uninterrupted tradition
Aalto University has granted seven Honorary Doctorates of Science in the field of technology. The new honorary doctors have all made significant impact in science, technology and society.
Video and photos from the 2023 Ceremonial Conferment in the field of technology at the Aalto University