Every university in the world has its own traditions and festivities. These are often associated with regularly-occurring events such as the welcoming of new students, formal installation
of professors, and not least to graduation ceremonies. Swedish academic traditions are, of course, rooted in the various rites and ceremonies that developed throughout Europe, beginning in the thirteenth century when the first universities were founded. We hope that this booklet will provide the non-Swedish reader with some background about academic traditions in Sweden. The awarding of doctoral degrees has been given particular prominence here.