Registration for Uniarts Helsinki conferment ceremony opens on 8 January 2024

Uniarts Helsinki organises its next conferment ceremony for masters and doctors on 16–18 August 2024. Registration for the festivities begins on 8 January 2024 and closes on 31 May 2024.

Anni Hanen

A conferment ceremony is the biggest and most beautiful celebration of the university community and a festive conclusion to university studies, traditionally celebrated over a span of several days. The conferment festivities include, for instance, a conferment concert, the actual conferment ceremony, a procession, a church service or a non-denominational event and a dinner.

One can participate in the ceremony alone or with a companion. The number of seats is limited, and they will be filled in the order of registration.

Registration for the festivities opens on the conferment ceremony website on 8 January 2024, at 9:00 AM as follows:


  • Registration opens on 8 January 2024 first for master’s graduates who have graduated after 1 June 2018
  • Registration opens for all master’s graduates who have not yet participated in a conferment ceremony on 1 May 2024
  • Registration closes on 31 May 2024


  • Registration opens for all doctor’s graduates from Uniarts Helsinki who have not yet participated in a conferment ceremony on 8 January 2024 and closes on 31 May 2024

Those graduating in June

  • Those graduating in June 2024 can pre-register for the conferment ceremony during the registration period, i.e., from 8 January to 31 May 2024
  • Their registration will be confirmed after the verification of graduation information in June


Memories from the 2018 conferment ceremony

The first joint conferment ceremony of Uniarts Helsinki’s academies was organised for masters and doctors on 8–10 June 2018. The three-day event honoured the academies’ individual traditions, but the goal was also to establish new shared conferment traditions for the university.

Visual artist Elina Saloranta, conferred doctor in the 2018 conferment ceremony:

“The conferment ceremony was a great, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The journey to the festivities was smoothed out by fun dance exercises and the Academy of Fine Arts’ generous gesture of lending us hats to the doctors. The celebration at the Musiikkitalo was a serious and devout community ritual, but without pomp. A sunny picnic crowned the festive week.”

Sofia Suomalainen, alum of the Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy, Marshal in the 2018 conferment ceremony:

“The conferment ceremony was a great and valuable occasion, combined with solemnity and relaxation. During the dinner, I got to sit next to composer Kaija Saariaho, which was a really meaningful moment. I met people who graduated from the Uniarts Helsinki at different times, from young graduates to older alumni. It was like a refined class reunion with unforgettable encounters and new friendships.”

Kristiina Ilmonen, Professor of Folk Music at the Sibelius Academy, conferred doctor in the 2018 conferment ceremony:

“The 2018 conferment ceremony was a big, fun, fun and at the same time extremely valuable event that respected academic traditions. The array of festivities created a rare sense of celebration that lifted us collectively above the everyday. The young university’s first promotion also created a new tradition that strengthens the creative spirit of art.”

Get to know the conferment ceremony tradition by watching pictures and videos from the first conferment of Uniarts Helsinki on 8-10 June 2018.

More information

Conferment ceremony coordinator Jannika Lahin
puh. 050 517 8755

Programme and other arrangements:
Project manager Soili Sirenne
puh. 050 475 1767