Uniarts Helsinki invites students to design a chain of office for the rector

The rector will wear the academic regalia, a chain of office, in the first joint conferment ceremony of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) on 9 June 2018.

Uniarts Helsinki has announced a design competition where students are invited to design and produce a modern chain of office for the rector to be worn in academic and state ceremonies, such as the conferment ceremony, processions and the opening ceremony of the university. The design competition is open for all students of Uniarts Helsinki and the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

The chain should reflect Uniarts Helsinki’s values: skill, courage and inclusivity. The chain of office should represent the Finnish identity, or alternatively, the Finnish aspect can be taken into consideration in the choice of material. The jury wishes to receive proposals that incorporate broad-minded and environmental thinking in their design.

The jury members are Uniarts Helsinki rector Jari Perkiömäki, Academy of Fine Arts dean Markus Konttinen, doctoral student Markus Rissanen, Academy of Fine Arts professor Tarja Pitkänen-Walter and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture professor Pirjo Hirvonen. 

Joint conferment ceremony celebrates the powerful role of art

Rector Jari Perkiömäki will wear the chain of office in Uniarts Helsinki’s joint conferment ceremony in June 2018. The first joint conferment ceremony combines the traditions of the three equal academies, while also creating shared academic practises.

In the university’s most distinguished ceremony, promovendi (i.e. the graduates who will have their rank bestowed upon them) celebrate the end of their studies and the beginning of their new life after graduation. The ceremony is open for all masters and doctors who have completed their degree before the conferment and haven’t taken part in previous ceremonies. Uniarts Helsinki will also appoint honorary doctors in the conferment ceremony, and their names will be published in spring 2018.

The chair of the Conferment Committee is Professor of Music Theory Lauri Suurpää.

The conferment will also have a visible presence out and about in the surrounding urban environment, as students will bring their art for the enjoyment of people in Helsinki.

– Above all, the joint Uniarts Helsinki conferment ceremony celebrates the achievements of the graduates, but it also highlights the powerful role of art, so I look forward to seeing and hearing how art takes over the city centre, says Rector Jari Perkiömäki.

Conferment ceremonies for masters and doctors have taken place at the Sibelius Academy in 1997, 2003 and 2012, and in 2006 at the Academy of Fine Arts. The Theatre Academy organised a doctoral conferment ceremony in 2009.

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