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Academic ceremonies

By upholding the traditional academic ceremonies, we create a sense of continuity and community within the university. At the same time, through these ceremonies we highlight the continual renewal of knowledge represented by the new doctors and new professors who are awarded their honours each year.

New professors at SLU Umeå

A short video showing our new professors at SLU in Umeå.

Some of our new professors in 2022

A short film showing some of our new professors and their exciting research. A visual interpretation will be published in the video description on Youtube shortly.

Traditions & symbols

Academic ceremonies signify both tradition and renewal, which are framed through different ceremonial symbols. The doctoral award ceremony is the largest academic ceremony at SLU.


An important part of the academic ceremonies at SLU is the participation of students as marshals. The marshals are coordinated and guided by a head marshal.

Medals & awards

In conjunction with the doctoral award ceremony, the SLU Medal for Distinguished Service, the Educational Award and the vice-chancellor Mårten Carlsson's Award are conferred.

Ceremonial etiquette

Academic ceremonies and official visits are about relating to a number of rules regarding invitation, dress and dinner etiquette.

Published: 25 May 2023 - Page editor: helena.pennlov.smedberg@slu.se