Uniarts Helsinki's Conferement Ceremony procession

Conferment ceremony for masters and doctors at the University of the Arts Helsinki
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 13:30 to 14:00

Come and celebrate art and artists in Uniarts Helsinki’s conferment ceremony for masters and doctors on Saturday, 9 June 2018, from 13.30 onwards at the Kansalaistori Square! 

One of the most exciting events of the conferment weekend is the joint procession of the masters, doctors, honorary doctors and the Uniarts Helsinki staff, which starts at the Kansalaistori entrance of the Helsinki Music Centre and ends in the Temppeliaukio Rock Church and Kunsthalle.

During the procession, there will be programmed greetings on the balcony of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, with a performance by the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz-trio JAF, and outside the National Museum of Finland, with a performance filled with movement and sound. On the steps of the Parliament House, the audience will get to watch and listen to a greeting in honour of art by the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group, National Coalition Party Parliamentary Group, Hämäläis-Osakunta Choir, and Zodiak’s youth dance group Z-nuoret. There will also be video art by the students of the Academy of Fine Arts displayed on the media wall of the Helsinki Music Centre during the procession.

You can read the parliamentary groups’ greetings in honour of art and Uniarts Helsinki on our website after the conferment ceremony.

The greetings have been created as a collaboration between dancer and choreographer Pia Lindy and a group of students. 

More information: uniarts.fi/promootio2018

More information about the procession:

Producer Venla Heinonen, venla.heinonen(at)uniarts.fi

Conferment ceremony

The first joint conferment ceremony for masters and doctors is held at Uniarts Helsinki  on 8–10 June 2018. The ceremony is a three-day event that confers masters, doctors and honorary doctors. During the event, the conferrees i.e. the promovendi celebrate the completion of their studies and the beginning of a new life after their studies. The tradition began in the Middle Ages as the universities wanted to celebrate the conferment of academic titles. Originally the conferment ceremony was the celebration of completed studies where the candidates and licentiates were granted the title of master or doctor after having completed their masters studies or doctoral studies. Nowadays the conferment ceremony is no longer a ceremony where the degree is conferred; its meaning as an academic celebration has become more significant. Conferment ceremonies for masters and doctors have been organised at the Sibelius Academy in 1997, 2003 and 2012, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. The Theatre Academy organised a doctoral conferment ceremony in 2009. The tradition is almost one thousand years old in Europe, and in Finland conferment ceremonies have been organised since 1643.