Doctoral Education (PhD)

Doctoral Awards Ceremony 17 November 2017

The Doctoral Awards Ceremony is for PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 January and 30 June 2017. The ceremony was held in The Aula of the Main Administration Building on the Gløshaugen campus.

Group photo, the Aula, the Main Administration Building

Doctorates, Honrary Doctor, Rector, Pro-Rectors and Deans in the Aula of the Main Administration Building, 17 November 2017.

Photos at Flickr

Honorary Doctor

Charis Thompson, Chancellor's Professor and Chair of Gender & Women's Studies, and Associate Director and a former founding director of the Science, Technology and Society Center at the University of California Berkeley.

Doctoral Awards Ceremony 17 November 2017

The Aula of the Main Administration Building.

Livestream: Recording of the Doctoral Awards Ceremony.

Rector's speech

Rector Gunnar Bovim's speech at the Doctoral Awards Ceremony.

YouTube: Rector Gunnar Bovim's speech.

Rector's speech can be downloaded (pdf)

«To our new doctoral graduates and honorary doctors, our guests, colleagues and friends.

Congratulations! Today, we are celebrating 187 new doctoral graduates from NTNU.

Soon you will receive your doctoral diploma as tangible evidence of what you have achieved. There are no shortcuts to a doctorate. It means hard work. It also means having ambitions, having a goal, and never losing sight of that goal. In the words above the entrance to the library: Per aspera ad astra – through difficulties to the stars.

NTNU also has ambitious goals. In our vision, we sum up the most ambitious of them all: Knowledge for a better world.

This is not just a vision to make us look good. This is a guide for everything we do. I would go as far as saying it’s a shared dedication. Wherever we are, we will contribute!

This autumn, we are revising our strategy. It must be adapted to the changes both within NTNU and in our society. But our vision of “Knowledge for a Better World” stands firm. No one at NTNU has said they want to change it. That tells us more than anything else about our pride and dedication to our vision.

Our vision focuses on knowledge and the potential that knowledge gives us to make changes. As new doctoral graduates, you know better than many others the power that knowledge brings. As we write in our strategy: Knowledge gives people opportunities and authority. It is a basis for making good choices, for influencing and changing. Knowledge inspires and challenges. It changes attitudes, mindsets, and the way we see the world.

No people on Earth have ever been as privileged as we are, in our peaceful and prosperous society. That gives us an added duty to use the knowledge we are creating to make the world a better place for more people.

Through the United Nations, the world has agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals. NTNU will help to make these goals a reality. Our duty is to contribute to a development where we meet the needs of people living today without destroying the potential of future generations to meet their own needs.

To create sustainable development, the world community must work in several areas, such as climate and the environment, the economy, and social conditions.

NTNU has excellent research communities in all these areas. Our ambition is to be an important participant in society, contributing research-based knowledge to good political decisions both nationally and internationally. 

We also make high demands on ourselves in the future development of a new NTNU campus: It must be a model of sustainable design and use for tomorrow’s public buildings in Norway. 

Research, education and innovation are vital to develop a sustainable society for future generations. Science provides the facts that politicians need to make wise decisions. And we urgently need those decisions!

We urge politicians to take note of the knowledge that is already available, and to make some important right choices. Within energy and climate, we urge four specific actions:

Use zero-emission mobility as the basis for restructuring the transport sector!

Stimulate development of sustainable competitive industry!

Invest in electrification, digitization and greater energy efficiency!
Decarbonize fossil energy sources!

Many people are sceptical about whether the world community will succeed in achieving the sustainability goals. We know that progress is slow – far too slow. But we cannot afford to stop trying.

There are many different paths to the goal. Researchers at the Department of Psychology are exploring whether computer games could have positive effects on our attitudes, habits and environmental choices. Knowledge and creativity are a good combination when attitudes and behaviours need to be changed. 

Because sustainability is also about the choices we make as individuals, every day. We who work or study at NTNU are important role models. That brings responsibility! Through our priorities, we show that we mean what we say; through our concrete actions in everyday life – such as our consumption, energy and transport solutions, creating an inclusive society, and equal opportunity.

Dear new doctors. The knowledge you have gained and shared with society can make a difference. In many ways, you are managing the knowledge that will decide what tomorrow's society will look like. Your doctoral degree will give more authority to the views that you communicate. Use that authority wisely.

And above all – make sure it is in line with our vision: Knowledge for a better world.»

Frequently Asked Questions from Doctors

Is there a fee for participation?

  • No, participation in the Doctoral Awards Ceremony and the party afterwards is free of charge.
  • It is NTNU's way of thanking those of you who have completed the university's highest education.
  • It is also free for your guests.

Why should I participate in the rehearsal the evening before?

  • The ceremony is a complicated procedure with a coordinated entry procession, dedicated seating and a specific system for distributing of diplomas and photography.
  • Our experience is that those who have participated in the rehearsal are more able to enjoy the ceremony.
  • Those who have participated in the rehearsal experience less stress during the ceremony, because they know what is happening.

Can I bring my family and other guests?

  • You will receive invitation and online registration where you can register as many as three guests.

One of my guests uses a wheelchair, what do we do?

  • Let us know about this when you register, you will find a dedicated field for additional comments.
  • We will help your guest and reserve a place in the aula for him/her.

My partner and my two children of 1 and 2 years of age would like to attend the ceremony, is that okay?

  • All your guests are welcome, and we appreciate that the youngest children and a parent is seated close to an exit. This will allow you to take them outside if they become tired or start crying during the ceremony.
  • We have a dedicated room on the second floor where one of our employees is ready to help you. Here you can change nappies or breastfeed, or relax on the sofa if you need to take a break from the ceremony.
  • It is assumed that children are attended to by an adult throughout the Doctoral Awards Ceremony. We cannot be responsible for looking after children.

Can my guests take photographs during the ceremony?

  • Yes. However, we discourage flash photography, and you are not allowed to move around in the Aula during the ceremony.
  • NTNU's own photographers will take great photos from the ceremony and of each group that receives their diplomas.
  • A picture will be taken of all participants in the procession after the ceremony, and all pictures will be available online, free of charge. See elsewhere on this web page for link.

I cannot attend the Doctoral Awards Ceremony, how do I get my diploma?

  • Your diploma will be sent to you after the Doctoral Awards Ceremony, from the faculty you belonged to when you defended your thesis.
  • Make sure that your faculty has your current address, to so that your diploma reaches your letterbox.

I have registered, but I will unfortunately be unable to attend. What do I do?

  • You can unregister until the deadline expires. Go online and delete your own registration.
  • After the deadline has expired, you have to email your contact at the faculty to have you deleted from the attendant list.
  • Important: In case of illness or withdrawal the day before or on the day of the ceremony, please notify us by sending an SMS to 0047 915 66 365 / 0047 918 97 186

My supervisor wants to attend. Are supervisors guaranteed a seat?

  • Supervisors are regular guests, and are invited by the faculties via a dedicated registration link.
  • There are no reserved seats; they have to find a place in the seating area for all guests.

Does NTNU have visitors' parking?

  • Public parking, administered by Trondheim Parkering, is available in the area.
  • NTNU has no special parking available for Doctoral Awards Ceremony guests.
  • We recommend taking a taxi. Buses 5, 22 and 63 might also be suitable as alternative transportation from the city centre. The buses stop right next to NTNU's Main Administration Building, which is where the Aula is located.

About the Doctoral Awards Ceremony

NTNU often names and honours one or more Honorary Doctors at the Awards Ceremony.

NTNU's Doctoral Awards Ceremony is held twice a year in the University's magnificent and traditional-rich Aula. The Doctoral Awards Ceremony is for everyone who has received his or her doctorate (PhD) after completing their doctoral education at the university.

NTNU Doctoral Awards Ceremony musicians.

PhD Programmes and information

– There's no other Norwegian university that offers such a classy celebration as they do here in Trondheim: wonderful music, a stately procession with gowns and hats, speeches and celebrations!

Guri Hjeltnes, Doctoral Award Ceremony speaker


Gunnar Kåre Hansen
Communication Division

Mobile: +47 915 66 365

Doctoral Awards Ceremonies 2018 and 2019

For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 July and 31 December 2017
Time: 16 March 2018, at 12:00
Place: The Aula of the Main Administration Building on the Gløshaugen campus

For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 January and 30 June 2018
Time: 16 November 2018, at 12:00
PlaceThe Aula of the Main Administration Building on the Gløshaugen campus

For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 July and 31 December 2018
Time: 22 March 2019, at 12:00
PlaceThe Aula of the Main Administration Building on the Gløshaugen campus

Previous Doctoral Awards Ceremonies

PhD ring

Order a ring by contacting Gullsmed Karlgård at:

Phone: +47 73 52 33 13
Adress: Nordre gt. 12, 7011 Trondheim

PhD ring

NTNU's PhD ring is crafted by AVS Design.