Opening of the academic year
In observance of tradition, the academic year is opened on the first day of the first teaching period. The official part of the ceremonies include speeches by the rector and members of the teaching staff, music and an ecumenical service. From 1990 onwards, an opening carnival organised by the Student Union and the University has been part of the opening day afternoon.
Traditional academic dinner parties (“sitsit”)
Sitsits are academic dinner parties organised by discipline-specific student organisations, which include food and drink, as well as traditional songs and other programming.
At the University, conferment ceremonies are events where each faculty in turn invests masters and doctors with their respective insignia. The interval between conferment ceremonies varies by faculty. The next ceremony will be organised by the Faculty of Philosophy in spring 2019.
The faculties also organise graduation ceremonies for their students. Their conventions vary by faculty.
Public examinations of doctoral dissertations
Are you interested in the research conducted at the University or in what is currently the most pioneering area of research in your field? The public examinations of doctoral dissertations are open to all, accessible through the University’s event calendar.
Inauguration of new professors
The inauguration of new professors is today celebrated much in the same manner as during the very first years of the university in the 17th century. The ceremony and the inaugural lectures are held twice a year, towards the end of each term.
University’s anniversary celebration, 26 March
In March, the University celebrates its anniversary. The anniversary is celebrated in commemoration of the signing of the University Statutes at Nyköping on 26 March 1640. The anniversary ceremony and the evening reception are invitation-only events.
Annual celebration of the University of Helsinki Funds
The University of Helsinki Funds annually awards grants and scholarships to gifted students and researchers. The annual event is a celebration of both grant recipients and donors. The event is invitation only in nature.