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Graduation Ceremony

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty's Annual Graduation Ceremony for master's students takes place in June each year. It's an event full of excitement, relief, happiness, anticipation and some sadness, as students join together in taking their last official steps at Lund University.

Happy students at Graduation Ceremony in the University auditorium.
Happy students at their Graduation Ceremony in 2023. Photo: Kennet Ruona

When and where

The Graduation Ceremony 2024 for the Faculty of Social Sciences was held on Tuesday, 4 June, in the beautiful University Auditorium. The university auditorium lies in the historic and beautiful main university building. 

Guests

In Sweden, graduation ceremonies are traditionally perceived as intimate and private events, shared by the graduates and their most close loved ones. For this reason, in combination with the limited spots available in the auditorium, each graduate registered to the Graduation Ceremony is guaranteed one guest only. There was a separate sign-up form for registered graduates to bring a second guest, and these spaces were allocated on a first come, first served, basis. The Faculty of Social Sciences accommodates other loved ones to the graduates wanting to partake in the joyful occasion by providing a livestream of the ceremony. 

Overview of the event

When: 4 June, 2024, 9:00-17:00, and will consist of three ceremonies. Please see below for details about each ceremony.

Venue: The Auditorium ("Aula"), Lund University main building (Universitetshuset), Lund. The address is Paradisgatan 2, 223 50 Lund. Students should arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony and meet in the room named "Pelarsalen" which is in the same building.

Registration: Eligible students received a personalised registration link on 27 March, 2024 to the email address they have on file in Ladok. The deadline to register was 15 April, 2024.

Guests: All students are guaranteed one guest. The remaining available guest seats were given to students who applied for them on a first come, first served basis. The application to bring an extra guest opened on 22 April, 2024 and was sent out to registered students via email. If you are a registered student, please note that the email is sent out from this email address: Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University lu [at] sr [dot] artologik [dot] net (lu[at]sr[dot]artologik[dot]net) and might be marked as spam by your email account. Be sure to check your spam folder and blocked contacts.

Schedule


Ceremony #1 at 09:30

Students should arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony and meet in the room named "Pelarsalen" which is in the same building. 

  • SAMES: Middle Eastern Studies
  • SADVS: Development Studies
  • SAESS: Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES)
  • SAGNV: Gender, Migration and Social Justice
  • SAGLS: Global Studies
  • SASAN: Social Anthropology
  • SASDA: Social Scientific Data Analysis
  • SASSG: Social Studies of Gender
  • SASCO: Sociology

Ceremony #2 at 12:30

Students should arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony and meet in the room named "Pelarsalen" which is in the same building. 

  • SACCR: Cultural Criminology
  • SAPAR: Human Resource Development & Labour Relations
  • SAMPS: Psychology
  • SASMA: Service Management
  • SASOL: Sociology of Law

Ceremony #3 at 15:00

Students should arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony and meet in the room named "Pelarsalen" which is in the same building. 

  • SAMEA: European Affairs
  • SAHEK: Human Ecology - Culture, Power & Sustainability
  • SASGE: Human Geography
  • SAMKV: Media & Communication Studies
  • SASTV: Political Science
  • SASKO: Strategic Communication
  • SAWEM: Welfare Policies & Management

Frequently asked questions

All master's programmes at the Faculty are welcome to attend this event. Even free-standing master's students who are not registered to a programme can register. Here is a full list of participating programmes: 

  • MSc in Cultural Criminology
  • MSc in Development Studies (Graduate School)
  • MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES)
  • MSc in European Affairs (MEA)
  • MSc in Gender, Migration and Social Justice
  • MSc in Global Studies (Graduate School)
  • MSc in Human Ecology: Culture, Power and Sustainability 
  • MSc in Human Geography (HUGE)
  • MSc in Human Resource Development and Labour Relations
  • MSc in Media and Communication Studies
  • MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Graduate School)
  • MSc in Political Science
  • MSc in Psychology
  • MSc in Service Management
  • MSc in Social Anthropology
  • MSc in Social Scientific Data Analysis (Graduate School)
  • MSc in Social Studies of Gender (Graduate School)
  • MSc in Strategic Communication
  • MSc in Sociology
  • MSc in Sociology of Law
  • MSc in Welfare Policies and Management
  • Freestanding master's students (those not registered to a programme)

The registration link has been sent to the email address that you have on file in Ladok. You can view which email address you have on file by logging onto student.ladok.se with your Lund University credentials, and then selecting "my pages" (mina uppgifter), and checking which e-mail address is on file there. Please note that it is each student's responsibility to make sure that their email address listed in Ladok is updated and correct.

The registration link to the Graduation Ceremony was sent out on 27 March 2024, and the form closed on 15 April.

It is not possible to register for the ceremony after the deadline. In compliance with Swedish law and fire safety regulations, there is a strict maximum amount of people allowed in the event venue. We determine the student body, audience/guest, and staff size of each ceremony based on this legal maximum. As such, if you miss the deadline, you and your potential guest(s) will not be considered in the total number of people we estimate will be in the building during each ceremony.

Please note that we do not allow students to switch places with each other. We also do not allow students to offer a registered additional guest spot to a classmate/other student who forgot to register to the Graduation Ceremony on time.

In the days after the registration closes (on 15 April), we will send out more information about the ceremony via email, including how many guests each graduating student can bring. Please check your spam folder if you have not received this email by 22 April.

In compliance with Swedish law, fire safety regulations and and ventilation requirements, there is a strict maximum amount of people allowed in the event venue. We plan each ceremony based on the amount of students and staff who will be participating. We can then determine how many guests each student is allowed to bring in relation to the legal maximum of the building (which is set by the aforementioned maximums).

This event will be recorded and live-streamed. By participating, you are aware of the potential that you could be filmed, photographed, or recorded on behalf of Lund University during the ceremony. The event will be live-streamed on YouTube and remain published on YouTube. Each master programme cohort will also be photographed on stage, and the resulting image(s) can be published by the university thereafter for any amount of time. 

If you intend on participating in the event but do not wish to have any images or recordings of you taken, there will be a designated photo-free zone where you can sit. In such a case, you will not be able to walk up on stage with your graduating class. 

You can find information about the University's handling of personal data at the link below. If you want to know how your personal data is used, or you feel that we have used your personal data in a way that violates the agreement or current legislation, please contact Lund University’s data protection officer. 

Personal data and data protection (GDPR) at Lund University

If you have complaints regarding Lund University’s processing of your personal data, you are always entitled to contact the relevant inspection authority, the Swedish Data Protection Authority.

If you do not complete your programme on time, whether because you are not able to submit your thesis on time or for another reason, you are still welcome to attend the ceremony - as long as you registered on time.

The dress code for the ceremony is semi-formal attire.

Your attendance or non-attendance in the Graduation Ceremony will in no way impact whether or not you graduate from your programme or from Lund University. There is no requirement to attend or participate, and graduating from your programme is only determined by whether or not you complete and fulfill the requirements of your degree as designated in its programme syllabus. The Graduation Ceremony is entirely optional.

If you are interested in being a student speaker at the Graduation Ceremony, you have to reach out to your program director, study advisor, teacher or other personnel in your program, and be nominated by them. This nomination will then be sent to the team coordinating the Graduation Ceremony, who will decide on the student speaker based on the incoming nominations.
 

If you want to nominate a classmate to be a student speaker, you have to, after discussing the matter with the classmate, reach out to your program director, study advisor, teacher or other personnel in your program, and ask them to nominate the student. This nomination will then be sent to the team coordinating the graduation ceremony, who will decide on the student speaker based on the incoming nominations.

Children are allowed at the Graduation Ceremony, and do count in the room capacity. Thus, children need to be registered to attend the event.

The Graduation Ceremony will last for circa 60 minutes, including speeches, diploma hand-outs and music. The mingle which will follow the Ceremony lasts circa 20 minutes.

If you and/or your guest are using a wheelchair, you will need to enter the main University building through the backdoor, at Paradisgatan 2. This door will be locked, but there will be staff on site who can help you and/or your guest to enter the building.

Upon entering the building, staff can help direct you and/or your guest to the elevator to the auditorium. While in the auditorium, the wheelchair can be placed on one of the two sides, as long as the wheelchair does not block any of the fire ways. There will be staff on site who can help with this. 

Please reach out to graduationceremony [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (graduationceremony[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se) if you and/or your guest are using a wheelchair and will need support from staff on site.

If your guest is bringing a stroller, you will need to enter the main University building through the backdoor, at Paradisgatan 2. This door will be locked, but there will be staff on site who can help you and/or your guest to enter the building.

Upon entering the building, staff can help direct you and/or your guest to the elevator to the auditorium. While in the auditorium, the stroller can be placed on one of the two sides, as long as the stroller does not block any of the fire ways. There will be staff on site who can help with this. 

Please reach out to graduationceremony [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (graduationceremony[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se) if your guest is bringing a stroller and will need support from staff on site.

If you successfully registered to the Graduation Ceremony but are no longer able to attend, you should contact graduationceremony [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (graduationceremony[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se) as soon as possible, so that they can take note of this change to the line-up of the students. 

Guest(s) should, like graduating students, arrive early to be seated in the auditorium before the ceremony begins. They will be able to enter the auditorium 30 minutes before the ceremony starts, at the earliest.

Guest(s) do not need to show any ticket(s) or something else to enter the main University building or the Auditorium. No ticket(s) have been nor will be issued for the Graduation Ceremony.

The livestream link of the Graduation Ceremony will be available on YouTube for circa two (2) weeks after the Graduation Ceremony. This means that you will be able to access and watch the link circa two (2) weeks after the Graduation Ceremony.

The photos taken by the photographer during the Graduation Ceremony will be shared with the participating graduates via email. We estimate that the photos will be shared within two-three weeks after the Graduation Ceremony.

Contact

In case of urgent questions regarding the Graduation Ceremony that have not been answered in the FAQ on this page, please email the e-mail address listed below. 

E-mail: graduationceremony [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se