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.
We expect that each promovendi, companions and guests will dress according to the dress code. The dress code is not flexible. If a promovendus arrives to an event without proper attire, we cannot guarantee entrance. Visuality, rotation between black and white, has central role in the Conferment Festivities. If only a one person differs in dress code, it will break the harmony of the event and ruin the experience of other promovendi, companions and guests. This applies especially to the Conferment Act and the Ball.
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.
It is highly recommended to purchase the doctoral hat (“tohtorinhattu”) as soon as possible. Please take a look at the offers from our partners (for the time being only in Finnish and Swedish).
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.
Flower’s DayFLOWER'S DAY
Males’ Formal dress (white tie)FORMAL DRESS
Wreath-weawing, Sword-whetting day, act rehearsal and the rector’s receptionCONFERMENT ACT REHEARSAL, WREATH-WEAVING WORKSHOP AND THE RECTOR'S RECEPTION
LADIES’ COLOURFUL DRESS FOR THE WREATH-BINDING /
The Conferment ActMALE PROMOVENDI
THE WHITE DRESS OF FEMALE PROMOVENDI (MASTERS) AND WREATH-BINDRESSES
Suitable materials are e.g. muslin, Dupion silk or satin. White embroidery is permitted. Too see-through materials or embroidery with colour or metal thread should be avoided. Trimmings, such as sequins or paillettes are not allowed. A gown is considered full-length if the hemline covers the malleoli. The sleeves should be full-length as well, the neckline as high as possible. Please bear in mind that promovendi have to go up and down a large number of steps. Thus any kind of trains are inconvenient. The gown should not be too broad and slits not too long.
Gloves should be white and of such length that no bare skin is visible between the gloves and the sleeves. Lace gloves should not be used. Shoes should be white and closed from the tip and heels. Sandals are not permitted. A discreet necklace and / or earrings can be worn. Only engagement or wedding rings are permitted to be worn alongside the master’s ring. No handbags or clutch bags are permitted. A secret pocket inside the gown can therefore be convenient.
THE BLACK DRESS OF FEMALE PROMOVENDI (DOCTORS) AND SWORD-WHETTERESSES
Conferment dinner and the ballTHE DRESS OF FEMALE PROMOVENDI AND COMPANIONS
During the Ball the same dress that has been used during the Ceremony or the Dinner can be used.
A more décolleté ball gown with a broader hem is permissible. Each group follows its principal colour (i.e. white or black). The length of gloves (which are compulsory) depends on the length of the sleeves. A handbag or clutch bag is permitted albeit not during the actual dancing.
MALE PROMOVENDI AND COMPANIONS
DRESS CODE FOR MASTER'S CONTREDANSE FRANÇAISE AND THE DOCTORAL POLONAISE
The ExcursionDRESS CODE FOR THE EXCURSION
Dress code for the guestsTHE DRESS OF MALE GUESTS AT THE CONFERMENT CEREMONY
THE DRESS OF FEMALE GUESTS AT THE CONFERMENT CEREMONY
THE DRESS OF FEMALE GUESTS AT THE CONFERMENT DINNER AND THE BALL
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.
Other instructions regarding the dress codeDRESS UNIFORMS
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.