Doctoral Awards Ceremony

The next Doctoral Awards Ceremony will be held on 10 March for PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 July and 31 December 2016.

You will receive invitation and information about registration by email the last week in January 2017.

The Doctoral Awards Ceremony held on 18 November 2016

Doctorates, Honorary Doctorates, Rector, Pro-Rectors and Deans in front of NTNU's Main Building

The ceremony was for PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 January and 30 June 2016, and was held in the Main Building on the Gløshaugen campus. Professor Ottoline Leyser og Professor Sir Michael Marmot were awarded as Honorary Doctors. Programme (pdf). A recording of the ceremony:

Doctoral Awards Ceremonies in 2017 and 2018

At 12:00 noon in the Auna of the Main Administration Building on the Gløshaugen campus.

For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 July and 31 December 2016:
10 March 2017

For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 January and 30 June 2017:
17 November 2017

For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 July and 31 December 2017:
16 March 2018

Frequently Asked Questions from Doctors

Who is the Doctoral Awards Ceremony for?

The Doctoral Awards Ceremony at NTNU takes place in March and November each year.

The Doctoral Awards Ceremony in March:
For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 July and 30 December last year.

The Doctoral Awards Ceremony in November:
For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 January and 30 June this year.

Other PhDs who for some reason have not previously taken part in the ceremony may ask to be included, and will be placed on a waiting list.

Where and when is the Doctoral Awards Ceremony?

The Doctoral Awards Ceremonye takes place in the Aula of NTNU's Main Administrative Building, Gløshaugen campus. Street address: Høgskoleringen 1, 7034 Trondheim.

  • Time: 12:00 noon
  • Participants in the ceremony must be present no later than 11:15 am
  • The doors are opened to guests at 11:00 am.
  • The earlier you arrive, the better seats you will get.
  • We anticipate that the ceremony will be over around 1:45 pm, at which time there will be food and an opportunity to mingle.
  • The party will be over at approx. 4:00 pm.

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.

Previous Doctoral Awards Ceremonies

Honorary Doctors 2016

Photos and recordings:

Photos may be used free of charge for personal purposes. Please credit the photographer for print and online use.

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About the Doctoral Awards Ceremony

– 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

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.