Academic celebration

At Linköping University the main academic tradition is the Academic Ceremony, which takes place once a year. On this occasion, doctors are conferred and professors are inaugurated.

About the Academic ceremony 

Traditionally, the Academic ceremony is held once a year. The ceremony begins with the inauguration of new professors and the university awards prizes and medals of merit to people who have made great contributions to Linköping University. The ceremony continues with the conferment of doctoral degrees. New doctors and honorary doctors receive a doctor’s hat or a wreath, a diploma and sometimes a ring.  

Jubilee doctors

For the very first time, Linköping University can celebrate jubilee doctors during the Academic Celebration 26-27 May. Jubilee doctors are those who were conferred 50 years ago, in 1973.

General questions

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Academic Celebration 2023

Peter Holgersson AB

Academic ceremony, 27 May 

The ceremony starts with the inauguration of professors, and prizes, and continues with the conferment of doctors in the following order: Faculty of Science and Engineering - Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences - Faculties of Arts and Sciences and Educational Sciences. Everyone is welcome and the doors of the Crusell concert hall open at 3.30 pm (free placing), all seats must be taken by 4 pm.

Time: 4 pm - 6.30 pm
Place: Crusell concert hall, Linköping Konsert & Kongress, Linköping

Academic Gala Concert and Honorary Doctors

Honorary doctors' lectures

Honorary Doctor's Lecture Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: On human dignity

Lennart Nordenfelt, senior professor in health care theory and ethics. On human dignity (lecture in Swedish). The lecture is open to the public and free to attend.

Start 26 May 2023, 10.00 am
End 26 May 2023, 11.00 am
Location Hasselquist Lecture Hall, Campus US
Contacts Hanna Agardh

Honorary Doctor's Lecture - Faculty of Science and Engineering: Infrastructure for a resource-efficient society

Charlotta Sund, President and CEO of Tekniska verken in Linköping. The importance of infrastructure in enabling the global resource-efficient society. Lecture in Swedish. Coffee and cake are served från 10.30 am, the lecture starts at 11 am.

Start 26 May 2023, 10.30 am
End 26 May 2023, 12.00 pm
Location Zero, Zenit Building, Campus Valla
Contacts Margareta Johansson

Upcoming academic ceremonies

Upcoming academic ceremonies

31 May - 1 June 2024 (Linköping)
23-24 May 2025 (Norrköping)
22-23 May 2026 (Linköping)
21-22 May 2027 (Linköping)
19-20 May 2028 (Norrköping)

Every third year the ceremony takes place in Norrköping.

Other academic traditions at Linköping University are graduation ceremonies, which confer Bachelor and Master's degrees, and the Farewell Ceremony for students on international Master's programmes.


Academic celebration news

Contact the Master of Ceremonies