Aalto Ceremony Week


Aalto University will celebrate all its graduates from the academic year 2017-2018 by hosting the first Aalto Ceremony Week 10–15 June 2018. The Ceremony Week programme is built around the Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees and the graduation ceremonies – traditionally referred to as publiikki ceremonies – organised by each school of Aalto University for their master’s and bachelor’s degree graduates. The publiikki ceremonies are followed by a joint Graduation Party that is open to everyone at Aalto University.

The Ceremony Week epitomises an important transition in university studies: a milestone is reached and students move on to the next phase, whether it’s creating further knowledge or applying what they’ve learned so far. Graduates, their families, the academic community and alumni are all invited to join in the celebration.

Graduation Party 13 June

Aalto University’s six schools host their own graduation ceremonies for master’s and bachelor’s degree graduates. Afterwards, all graduates and their friends and families are invited to attend the university’s Graduation Party at Amfi, located at Otakaari 1. The inaugural Graduation Party’s agenda includes toasts and commemorative class pins, a summer picnic atmosphere, schools’ thesis exhibitions and more.

Panel discussion of the new honorary doctors 14 June

13:0016:00, Dipoli, Lumituuli, Otakaari 24

Doctoral education 2.0 – Is doctoral education up to the challenge?
What are the keys to placing more doctors in industry and engaging in industry–academia collaboration?

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring honorary doctors to be conferred on 15 June who are themselves living examples of successful networking across boundaries and borders.

The panelists will be professor Jon Crowcroft from the University of Cambridge, Director General Lea Kauppi from the Finnish Environment Institute, professor John Shawe-Taylor from the University College London (UCL), Nokia’s chairman of the board Risto Siilasmaa and professor Ichiro Terasaki from Nagoya University. More information on the seven honorary doctorates in 2018 at Aalto University can be found here.

Vice president Tuija Pulkkinen will be the moderator of the panel. The event will be held in English.

Edited version of the panel discussion (youtube.com)

Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees 15 June

The Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees, or promootio in Finnish, is a university’s most prestigious event. In the ceremony, doctoral degrees, honorary doctorates and in some universities master’s degrees are conferred. The ceremony is a presentation of new graduates to the society and it signifies them being accepted as full-fledged members of the academic community.

Game Changers 2018 exhibition 11 – 15 June

Aalto University educates future visionaries and experts, game changers, with the knowledge and capabilities to build a more sustainable society and to increase wellbeing. This game changer attitude is displayed in this selection of outstanding master level graduate works of the academic year 2017–2018, representing all six schools and the different disciplines of the University: business, art, science and technology. 

Aalto Learning Services is organizing the exhibition as part of the Ceremony Week.
Welcome to the opening on Monday 11 June at 16–17.

Game Changers 2018, Beta SPACE, Otakaari 1X

Monday – Friday at 8–15.30, and 13 June at 8–19.30



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