LUT's conferment traditions include a sword sharpening ceremony on June 15th, the actual conferment ceremony on June 16th, procession and banquet following the ceremony.
Thursday 15th June 2017
17.00 Conferment ceremony rehearsal, Lappeenranta Hall
The rehearsal goes through the steps of the conferment ceremony of the following day. All young doctors, honorary doctors and conferrers are to take part in the rehearsal.
19.00 Sword sharpening, Restaurant Kasino (by invitation only)
A get-together for honorary doctors and young doctors and their companions, for the hosts of honorary doctors and conferment ceremony officials. The doctoral sword is a symbolic weapon of the spirit in search for and in defense of truth. At LUT, the sword is worn by those with a doctorate in business administration or philosophy. The sword is sharpened with due ceremony with the help of a grindstone and sparkling wine. The sword is held by the young doctor, the sparkling wine is poured by a marshal, and the grindstone is turned by young doctor's companion.
Friday 16th June 2017
12.00 Conferment ceremony, Lappeenranta Hall (invited guests and university staff)
The conferment ceremony starts at 12.00 as the academic procession arrives in the auditorium. The audience must be seated by 11.45. After the performance of the orchestra and the rector's greeting, the conferment address will be given. The actual conferment will be performed by conferrers representing different disciplines. The conferrer presents the doctor with the certificate (and sword) and places the hat on his or her head.
The conferment is followed by a question posed to the doctor primus, whose identity will be revealed in the conferment. The dissertation and postgraduate studies of the doctor primus have been completed with distinction.
The ceremony is concluded with the Finnish national anthem, after which the procession exits the auditorium.
Approximately 15.00 Academic procession
The academic procession will start from City Hall at approximately 15:00 and will proceed to the military cemetery for a wreath laying.
19.00 Conferment banquet and ball, Holiday Club Saimaa (by invitation only)
The banquet includes dinner, speeches e.g. for the honorary doctors and an honorary doctor's response. Also an ode to the ladies is part of the programme. The festivities traditionally continue until dawn.