Pomp, super-sized, at 2015 Commencement

Has Linköping ever seen so many wreaths and hats at one time? The most prestigious academic ceremony – Commencement – took place on 23 May at Konsert & Kongress in Linköping.
Översikt i Konsert & kongressFoto: Thor Balkhed

Master of Ceremonies Karin Lohm was pleased with LiU’s 46th, and her own twelfth event:

”It has never been so big during the time I’ve been MC. I’m delighted it went so well, and I’d like to say a big ’Thank You’ to all my colleagues.”

From now, LiU will hold a single Commencement per year. Consequently the stage was filled with 89 new doctors, 25 new professors and seven new honorary doctors.

The University Service Medal was awarded to Senior Lecturer Anna-Lena Eriksson Gustavsson, the university’s musical director Hans Lundgren and Gun Mannervik, who has been secretary for five vice-chancellors and two acting vice-chancellors.

Anna-Lena Eriksson Gustavsson has been Faculty Programme Director and Director of Studies, and has among other things developed the 2001 teacher’s training programme at LiU. Hans Lundgren has himself been MC at Commencement and is well known outside the university for his work with choirs.

And once when Gun Mannervik was in hospital, the university’s senior management group moved in.

Innovative from the start

LiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun (pictured left) was the evening’s first speaker:

”We were a new university in 1975 and our approach was innovative right from the start – and this hasn’t changed. Today we can say proudly that we have made innovation our tradition.”

Handing out the hats and wreaths, rings and diplomas, were Pia Forsberg for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Carin Franzén for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and, for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Simin Nadjm-Tehrani.

The newly hatched doctors were acknowledged one by one, received their insignia and were symbolically ushered into research freedom and given the right to academic instruction.

Specially written music

The Linköping University Symphony Orchestra performed specially written music by David Nelson under the direction of Merete Ellegaard.

Seated in the front row were Bishop Martin Modéus, County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson, former LiU VC Sven Erlander, University Chancellor Harriet Wallberg, Mälardalen University VC Karin Röding, Umeå University VC Lena Gustafsson, the Swedish Research Council’s Sven Stafström and Anna Ekström, Director-General of the Swedish National Agency for Education and Chair of LiU’s University Board.

The ceremonies proceeded according to plan, except for when the audio and video went berserk during a film about some of the aforementioned. The technician solved the problem by way of a support call and a ”Norwegian restart”, ie pulling out the cables.

The evening began with refreshments and was finished with a banquet for over 600 guests that continued to one in the morning. Performers included the Linköping University Male Voice Choir, Flip Squad acrobatic dancers and the music programme from Vadstena Folk High School.

Louis de Geer Konsert & Kongress in Norrköping will host the Commencement next year, and for every third year after that.

Rektor Helen Dannetun talarFoto: Thor Balkhed
Studenterna som höll i arrangemangetFoto: Thor Balkhed
Tekniska fakultetens doktorerFoto: Thor Balkhed
Diplom på radFoto: Thor Balkhed
Filosofiska fakultetens doktorerFoto: Thor Balkhed
Medicinska fakultetens doktorerFoto: Thor Balkhed

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