Academic ceremonies

KTH arranges yearly a conferment of new doctors and inauguration of new professors as well as graduation ceremony for masters, masters of engineering and architects. The conferment and inauguration takes place in the Stockholm Concert Hall, and graduation ceremonies take place in the Stockholm City Hall.

Conferment of new doctors and inauguration of new professors

The Conferment of doctoral degrees and inauguration of new professor's is the university’s largest ceremonial occasion. The ceremony is primarily intended for those who have recently completed their postgraduate studies and taken their doctoral degree and the newly appointed professors of KTH. the ceremony has existed since 1927 at KTH but has developed as a tradition within the academia over the course of centuries.

The ceremony takes place in the Stockholm Concert hall, third Friday in November every year. The ceremony is a splendid tradition mixed with musical entertainment by the KTH academic orchestra consisting of teachers and students conducted by director musices Gunnar Julin. The ceremony is followed by a banquet and ball room dancing in the City hall of Stockholm.

Conferment of new doctoral degrees

The ceremony is a traditional rite of passage, in which promovendi, ie. the young doctors are elevated from being students to be free to practice academic education. This is done by the presenter leading them over the symbolic Parnassus and they receive the diploma as a sign of their dignity.
In conjunction with the ceremony the faculty also honours individuals in academia and / or industry, by appointing them to honorary doctors, doctor honoris causa. As a tribute to past generations to those who have held their doctorate in the entire 50 years by again confer them to Jubilee Doctor, doctor jubilaris.

Inauguration of new professors

The inauguration of new professors is the second part in the ceremony. The president welcomes each new professor into their office.

These ceremonies of KTH symbolize both tradition and innovation. They have existed for a long time and thus creates continuity, tradition and a connection to KTH. The ceremony is not only retrospective. It also shows on the renewal of knowledge that both new doctors and new professors represent and their importance to KTH.

Detailed information regarding the ceremony 2019

Graduation ceremony

The graduation for Masters, masters of engineering and architects takes place in the City Hall of Stockholm in May and December each year.

The president of KTH present the diplomas to each graduate, and the ceremony in a solemn manner mixed with musical entertainment by the KTH academic orchestra conducted by director musices Mats Janhagen and the wonderful chorus of the student choir. The graduation ceremony ends with a cocktail reception on behalf of KTH and the president, in the magnificent state rooms of City Hall for all graduates and their guests.

Detailed information for upcoming graduation ceremony


For questions regarding the academic ceremonies please contact master of ceremonies Anna Almlöw phone +46 8 790 96 21 or by e-mail

Upcoming events

Inauguration of new professors and conferment of new doctors

  • 27 November 2020
  • 19 November 2021

Graduation ceremony for masters of science in engineering, masters of science, and architects

  • 17 & 18 December 2019
  • 27 & 28 May 2020