The conferment of doctoral degrees is the most distinguished event of a university, accepting and introducing those who have completed their doctorate as full-fledged members of the scientific community.
LUT University's doctoral graduates who have completed their degree by April 2022 and who have not taken part in any previous conferment ceremony will be invited to the May 2022 conferment.
LUT's previous doctoral conferment ceremony was held in 2017. All of LUT's previous conferment ceremonies have taken place in Lappeenranta.
"We wish to introduce traditional academic celebrations also to Lahti, and the Sibelius Hall is a grand setting for them. In the future, Lappeenranta and Lahti will take turns hosting the conferment ceremony," says Jaana Sandström, Vice Rector for Education at LUT.
In addition to the doctoral graduates, the university also appoints honorary doctors. An honorary doctorate is a tribute to an especially accomplished person who does not necessarily have a doctoral degree.
In 2017, LUT awarded 14 honorary doctorates in technology and business. Among the recipients were Jamie Hyneman and Olli Rehn.
The two-day festivities on 27–28 May 2022 will include a number of daytime and evening events.
"Naturally, we will follow the global development of the pandemic and prepare for any changes it may entail. If the situation requires, we will postpone the festivities," concludes Sandström.
A website for the conferment will be opened in the future.