Aalto Ceremony Week


Aalto University will celebrate all its graduates from the academic year 2017-2018 by hosting the first Aalto Ceremony Week 10–16 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.

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.

Other programme

The Ceremony Week’s events also include exhibitions, lectures by the recipients of honorary doctorates and other activities. Details will be announced as they are confirmed.



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