Dress code for the festivities follows the old academic traditions. Promovendis are dressed in black at the main events. On Friday men are wearing white tie and women full-length, formal evening dresses. On Thursday and on Saturday the dress code allows less formal clothing.

Promovendis, their companions and other guests have different dress codes so please read the upcoming instructions thoroughly.

Dress code

 


Ceremony Rehearsal, Sword-whetting -ceremony

 

Conferment Ceremony and Service

 

 

Conferment Dinner and Ball

 

 

Informal excursion

Doctor / honorary doctor, woman

 


 

Jacket suit or dress

 

 

Black full-length dress with long sleeves and no décolletage, black shoes with closed toes, black socks/tights, black gloves, no handbag, fur or heavy jewellery

Black full-length ball gown, black shoes, small and elegant evening bag, jewellery

Informal jacket suit/dress,

student cap

 


 

 

Doctor / honorary doctor, man

 

 

Dark suit

White tie: tailcoat, black vest, white shirt and bow tie, white gloves, black leather shoes (no patent leather), no pocket handkerchief, no wrist watch

 


 

White tie: tailcoat, white vest, white shirt, white bow tie, white pocket handkerchief, black patent leather shoes, no wrist watch

 


 

Informal suit,

student cap

 


 

Doctor’s / honorary doctor’s companion, woman

 


 

Jacket suit or dress

 

Black, no décolletage dress, length optional (not ankle length), long sleeves, black shoes, no gloves Black full-length ball gown, black shoes, small and elegant evening bag, jewellery

 

Informal jacket suit/dress,

student cap


 

Doctor’s / honorary doctor’s companion, man

 

 

 

 

Dark suit

 

White tie: tailcoat, black vest, white shirt, white bow tie, no pocket handkerchief, no wrist watch, no gloves

 

White tie: tailcoat, white vest, white shirt, white bow tie, white pocket handkerchief, black patent leather shoes, no wrist watch

Informal suit,

student cap

 


 

Invited guests, ladies

 


Black jacket suit or dress (length optional), long sleeves, black shoes, no gloves

 

colourful full-length evening gown (not completely black nor white)

 

Invited guests, gentlemen

Dark suit or

White tie: tailcoat, black vest, white bow tie, black shoes, no gloves, no wrist watch

 


 

 

White tie: tailcoat, white vest, white shirt, white bow tie, no wrist watch

 

(or dark suit)

 

Further information and details for invited guests and for doctors

Invited guests and audience

The guests must follow the dress code for the event i.e. the female or male guest's dress code.

Audience participating in the Conferment Ceremony only must also follow the dress code for the event i.e. the female or male guest's dress code. This also applies to the personnel of the university and doctors' own guests.

In the Conferment Ceremony, at the dinner and at the ball the guest can also wear a dress uniform, like a clerical uniform or a formal military uniform, instead of white tie or dark suit. The national dress is not an academic evening dress.

Rectors of the other Universities participate the procession and wear their ceremonial robes and rector’s chains of office. Personnel participating the procession follow the dress code for guests. A separate overcoat is not to be worn in the procession.

Doctoral hat: The doctoral hat can be worn on Friday's events by all participants should they have a hat.

Doctoral sword: The doctoral sword can only be used by the newly conferred doctors, honorary doctors, conferrers of degrees and officiants.

Decorations: Decorations are to be worn on the conferment day only (act, dinner, ball). White pocket handkerchief should not be worn with the medals.

Gloves: Only doctors and honorary doctors wear gloves.

Doctors and their companions

Doctoral hat: The doctoral hat can be worn on Friday's events by all participants should they have a hat.

Doctoral sword: The doctoral sword can only be used by the newly conferred doctors, honorary doctors, conferrers of degrees and officiants

Decorations: Decorations are to be worn on the conferment day only (act, dinner, ball). White pocket handkerchief should not be worn with the medals.

Gloves: Only doctors and honorary doctors wear gloves during Friday’s daytime events. Gloves are mandatory at the Conferment Ceremony.


Sword-whetting -ceremony

Women are to wear a dress, a jacket suit, a jacket/dress combination or a sophisticated trouser suit.

Men are to wear a dark suit (black or navy).


Conferment Act, Dinner and Ball

The dress code for the Conferment Act is traditional, discreet and elegant.

Female doctors dress in black. The dress must be full-length, with long sleeves and no décolletage. The fabric must be discreet; glitter, strong patterns and large frills are not appropriate for the daytime ceremony. A practical solution is to wear a long-sleeved jacket with a high neckline on top of a low-cut dress during the daytime ceremony. This removes the need to get a different outfit for the evening. For hair, it is advisable to consider the demands set by the doctoral hat. Heavy jewellery, fur or handbag is not to be worn.

The dress for the evening events can be low-cut and strapless. The shoes must be delicate and closed-toed, and the evening handbag must be elegant and small enough to be carried in hand. Jewellery can be extravagant.

Men are to wear a white tie on the conferment day, using a black vest in the daytime ceremony and a white vest in the evening events. Shirt and bow tie must be white in all the events. Men are to wear black leather shoes; patent leather shoes are allowed at the dinner and at the ball. Socks must be black. Pocket handkerchief is not to be worn in the daytime, but a white pocket handkerchief can be worn at the dinner and at the ball as long as honorary medals are not worn.


Procession

A separate overcoat is not to be worn in the procession. Comfortable shoes are recommended.


Carrying the sword

Women have to carry the sword in a manner suitable for their outfit because the material of the evening gowns cannot support the scabbard. The dresses of the female doctors should have a belt or some type of a clip for the sword that matches with the dress. The sword supplier's selection includes belts that suit this purpose or you can use the belt loop that comes with the sword. If using the belt or planning how to attach the sword to the dress is unreasonably difficult, the sword can also be carried on the left hand.

Men wear the sword in a clip, for which a sturdy loop needs to be sewn in the vest. The sword comes with a belt loop that can also be used. If you use the belt loop, two buttons needs to be sewn to trousers.

Sword instructions Sword’s holding link.pdf