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Doctors received their hats at TUT’s final conferment ceremony

TUT’s ceremonial conferment of doctoral degrees on Saturday 20 May saw the conferment of 163 doctors and 10 honorary doctors. The three-day event was filled with joy, sun, and festive spirit.
Honorary Doctors Pekka Lundmark, Jorma Turunen, and Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, President Mika Hannula, and Honorary Doctor Marjo Matikainen-Kallström in festive spirit.
Honorary Doctors Pekka Lundmark, Jorma Turunen, and Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, President Mika Hannula, and Honorary Doctor Marjo Matikainen-Kallström in festive spirit.

Tampere University of Technology’s ninth ceremonial conferment of doctoral degrees was made up of three days of events and celebrations.

The first event was the pre-conferment celebration in Tampere Hall on Friday, where attendants rehearsed in preparation for Saturday’s festivities. After the rehearsal, the City of Tampere held a dinner reception and dance rehearsal at City Hall.

The conferment ceremony took place on Saturday in Tampere Hall. New doctors received their doctoral hat as a symbol of academic freedom and a written conferment certificate. After the ceremony, a long academic procession moved from Tampere Hall to Tampere Cathedral for the conferment church service. The Saturday night concluded with dinner and dancing in Tampere Hall.

On Sunday, the newly conferred doctors, honorary doctors, and their hosts were invited to enjoy lunch, dances, and beautiful lakeside scenery at a picnic on Viikinsaari island. 

As the University’s longest-serving current professor, Moncef Gabbouj from the Laboratory of Signal Processing acted as Conferrer of Degrees at the conferment ceremony. Professor Hannu Eskola from the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering acted as Master of Ceremonies.

TUT’s conferment tradition began 35 years go. The first conferment ceremony took place in 1982. The ceremony was held in Hervanta Leisure Centre and the conferment dinner at Rosendahl. At that first ceremony, Tampere University of Technology conferred 15 doctors and 10 honorary doctors. The three-day celebration tradition began that very first year, as well.

The 2017 ceremonial conferment of doctoral degrees was the last one to be organised by Tampere University of Technology in its present form.

More photos on TUT’s Facebook page.

Honorary Doctors

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