Doctoral graduation at USN

Newly qualified doctors celebrating their graduation at Gullbring in Bø, in 2020. (Photo by Barbora Klocová/USN)
Newly qualified doctors celebrating their graduation at Gullbring in Bø, in 2020. (Photo by Barbora Klocová/USN)

Your doctoral graduation ceremony marks a very special day. You receive your doctoral diploma as an affirmation that you have achieved the highest level of academic education.


The doctoral graduation ceremony honours the university’s doctoral candidates and marks their transition to fully qualified doctors. The ceremony has its origins in a centuries-old university tradition, and demonstrates for USN that the university is providing education at the highest academic level.

USN inaugurated its doctoral graduation ceremony in 2019.

A very special day

The doctoral graduation ceremony marks a very special day on which the Rector and the Deans of the various faculties wear their academic gowns. Wearing the gown has a long tradition and symbolises the highest academic distinction. Everyone dresses up in their finest dresses and suits, or in Norwegian national costume.

Before the ceremony itself, a dress rehearsal is held that all participants must attend.

Newly graduated doctors on stage in Vestfold in 2019. Photo by An-Magritt Larsen.

The ceremony opens with the Rector leading a procession into the hall, followed by the Rectorate, the Board of Deans and the doctoral candidates. The Rector gives a speech to the doctoral candidates, and the special USN fanfare is played. Representatives from the various faculties also give speeches, and the candidates then approach the stage to receive their doctoral diplomas from the Rector. One of the newly graduated doctors will then give a speech on behalf of all of his or her colleagues.

After the ceremony, the Rectorate, Board of Deans and the newly graduated doctors process out of the hall and gather together outside to have their photos taken.

The ceremony provides affirmation, both to itself and the outside world, that USN is part of an academic tradition. 

When the ceremony and other formal aspects of the event have been completed, the newly graduated doctors are invited, with their guests and other VIPs, to a social gathering with university managers, where refreshments are served. 

The academic gown has a long tradition and symbolises the highest academic distinction. (Photo by Barbora Klocová/USN)

Interaction with the business community and wider society

Not only the doctoral candidates, but also their guests and their internal and external supervisors and tutors, are invited to the ceremony. All employees at USN are also invited.

The doctoral graduation ceremony is also intended to highlight the fact that USN provides educational opportunities at the highest academic level in close collaboration with the business community and wider society.

For this reason, representatives from regional and municipal government, as well as those from USN’s local partners in the business community, are also invited to the ceremony.

 

 

Doctoral graduations at USN

  • 2021: Kongsberg – September 17

  • 2020: Bø – September 18

  • 2019: Vestfold – April 26
     

Arrangement committee

Watch the ceremony digitally

The ceremony will be streamed. Link to the stream will be posted here in advance of the event.

Language

The ceremony will be held in Norwegian.