The Conferment Ceremony is not just a celebration, but also a play of sorts. It is a ritual, which actualises the transition that the promovendi are undergoing as they go from student to master or from graduate student to Ph.D. As in all plays, in the Conferment Ceremony there are roles to play, lines to cite, and costumes in which to dress.
Dressing according to your role brings out and visualises a sense of unity within your own group and differentiates the different groups that participate in the Conferment Ceremony from each other. The clothes not only “make the man”, but also help create the right atmosphere. There are also many choreographed elements in the Conferment Ceremony, which are designed to create visual patterns with the correct dress codes. Without adherence to the dress codes, this graphical interplay of black and white is not possible. In the Conferment Ceremony, the dress codes are an essential part of creating the setting for celebration that each participant can then make their own.
In the Conferment Ceremony, the division of the promovendi into masters and doctors is visible in their colours. The colour of the masters is white, and that of the doctors is black. Men wear black evening tailcoats and black trousers (white tie), and these colours are shown in the gowns of the female promovendi, wreath-weavers and sword-whetters. Black and white are reserved for promovendi and their companions, so other (female) guests must dress in coloured dresses, with the exception of the Conferment Act. Before the day of the Conferment Act also the promovendi and their companions use colourful dresses.
For the more formal events – the wreath-weaving and sword-whetting dinners, the Conferment Act, Dinner and Ball – the exact dress codes have been collected into this dress code table. The dress codes are listed separately for promovendi, their companions and other guests that have been invited to the Conferment Ceremony.
While the dress codes have been given to women and men separately, everyone involved in the Conferment Ceremony has the right to follow the dress code of the gender they identify with. In some of the Conferment Ceremony’s events, the chosen dress code affects the alignments and dances. The Conferment Committee firstname.lastname@example.org is happy to help you with any questions that you might have.
The rest of this page has information on the dress codes for Flower’s day and the excursion, as well as instructions for the use of academic insignia, state and academic awards, decorations and orders of merit, and on the use of dress uniforms. There are also some general instructions on the dress code. The dress codes in all events of the Conferment Ceremony are compulsory. More information about the academic insignia of the promovendi and instructions for acquiring them can be found on the page academic insignia.
The Conferment Committee will compile a list of dress rental shops that may offer discounts to participants of the Conferment Ceremony as soon as possible. You can also look for dresses and accessories on Facebook (Promootiot kierrättää ja Akateeminen juhlavaatekirppis).FLOWER'S DAY
CONFERMENT ACT REHEARSAL, WREATH-WEAVING WORKSHOP AND THE RECTOR'S RECEPTION
THE WREATH-WEAVING AND SWORD-WHETTING DINNERS, THE CONFERMENT ACT AND THE BALL
DRESS CODE FOR MASTER'S CONTREDANSE FRANÇAISE AND THE DOCTORAL POLONAISE
DECORATIONS AND ORDERS OF MERITS
At the Conferment Act and Dinner, state-awarded decorations and orders of merit may be worn in accordance with the instructions given for the award in question. Those who have been awarded decorations etc. by the Finnish state are obligated to wear them, in their original size (not the miniature models). At the Conferment Ball, state-awarded decorations and orders of merit are worn, but in addition to the full-size versions, the miniature models are also allowed.
Academic decorations and orders of merit as well as ribbons/bands of the student nations or other organisations are not permissible in any of the events during the Conferment Ceremony.
On Wednesday 24th May at pre wreath-weaving workshop the dress code is smart casual. Finnish student caps are traditionally worn at the wreath-weaving workshop.
The Conferment Act involves plenty of walking and standing in place, so comfortable shoes that do not squeeze or chafe one’s feet are recommended. Another thing to remember when picking footwear is that everyone’s shoes will be visible as they step up to parnassus (the raised platform that the promovendi stand on as their rank is conferred on them).
Use of national dress is not allowed during the Conferment Ceremony. All kinds of fur trimmings are also forbidden. As a courtesy to persons with allergies, strongly scented perfumes, colognes etc. are not allowed in the Conferment Act, as the promovendi have to stand very close to each other for several hours.
All participants of the Conferment Ceremony may dress according to their gender identity regardless of their biological sex. This choice should be consistent throughout the Conferment Ceremony. The choice of male or female dress code affects the grouping of participants in some of the events, as well as the dances. More information may be found in our Frequently Asked Questions. The Conferment Committee (email@example.com) is happy to answer any additional questions on the subject.