Doctoral Education (PhD)

Doctoral Awards Ceremony 16 March 2018

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

Group photo, the Aula, the Main Administration Building

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

Photos at Flickr

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

For PhDs who have completed their degrees between 1 July and 31 December 2018
Time: 22 March 2019, at 12:00

Previous Doctoral Awards Ceremonies

PhD ring

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Phone: +47 73 52 33 13
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PhD ring

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