Academic Ceremony

20151115_125037I didn’t go last year, but now I felt quite in the mood again; being back at the university may have something to do with it. I missed the lecture of this year’s honorary doctor of philosophy, Katarina Kieri, who is one of the best and most versatile Swedish authors, being both poet and novelist, writing as interestingly for children, young adults, and grown-ups. I have not read enough by her. As far as I can I can tell, she is not translated to English. I did think they would have filmed the lecture, as they did with Benny Andersson, and others, but apparently not.  🙁

Empty stage, pre-ceremony.

Three of my teachers were graduated to PhDs, along with many others. New professors were also installed. I drew during the almost four hour long ceremony, which made it feel a lot faster. Unusually, a lot of children had been brought along, and a few of them were quite disturbing. Really, this kind of ceremony is no place for kids. I think some people were quite miffed about it.

My biggest challenge is getting all the people the right size. The stewardesse in the back is not that huge in reality…
I may repost these if I find the time to paint the dresses, which were some lovely colours.

I was lucky to be seated with the nicest, most interesting group of people at dinner (ok, have to brag a bit, sat next to the former county governor 😀 ). The food was unusually good, we were not disturbed with entertainment or speeches during the main course, and the musical features were outstanding. Really, it was probably, as a whole,  one of the best shows the university has put on, and I was lucky enough to be invited.

The music was, as usual, top quality!

Of course, there were much dancing afterwards, unrestrained by dress suits and folk costumes and… – no, I personally was terribly restrained by my high heels (what was I thinking?), lasting only two dances and loosing all feeling in my toes. And don´t get me started on the pain I still have in dem legs… I consider myself lucky not to have broken the scaphoid bone when the heel caught in the skirt hem and I tumbled down the stairs (no kidding)!





I am linking up this Tuesday with Bleubeard & Elisabeth for T, even though my own beaverage is slightly more fancy this time. Elisabeth´s theme is compassion and the horrid events in Paris last Friday, and for certain, that put a damper on the celebrations at our end, too. Still, people were happy about their achievements, and I reflected on how many of the new PhDs and professors had Arabic names, Slav names, Spanish names, German names, French names, Chinese names, and names I can´t even guess where they´re from. Our university is truly international, everyone is working together and dancing together, and that makes me very proud.



22 thoughts on “Academic Ceremony”

  1. What a wonderful post, Viktoria. Of course, I adored the candle, your placard, and the empty glasses, ready and waiting for the festivities to begin. But I most enjoyed seeing all the sketches and how well you drew them. It was wonderful that you had all that time to commit so many wonderful memories to paper. You seemed to have been seated with wonderful people, and your dancing reminded me of the last time I wore heels.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing evening through your art and photos with us for T this week.

    BTW, I remember when I got my Ph.D., how many Arabic names graduated from the engineering department.

    1. Glad you enjoyed! Getting one´s PhD, it is the proudest moment. Even though I don´t know any of them personally, I feel proud, too, and the ceremony really manages to convey that feeling to all!

  2. Great post, your event looks most interesting, and love the sketches you made, they are good. What happened in Paris s awful, and we really need to realise that the whole world is one place, and act accordingly. Have a great week, Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. Thank you for sharing this unique occasion! How very special! I remember I did not want to go to my graduation (we had a choice), but I did it for my dad (who was so proud of his little girl) and of course it was a momentous occasion and I really enjoyed it. Like you, I marveled at all the foreign sounding names. As I graduated in the UK, they actually spoke to me in advance and asked how to pronounce my name, which i thought was very attentive.
    I love your sketches and enjoyed looking at the photos. Action shots. I even spotted a lady in traditional costume dancing.
    It is nice that the ladies can wear beautiful evening wear and not academic gowns like in the UK. (I had to hire one). I will look forward to seeing the drawings in color.
    Have a good T-Day,

    1. Thanks! One year, I was seated next to a family from Mozambique, and the language we had in common was German (which they spoke much better than I did). I have learned not to make any assumptions about anyone in academia… 😉

  4. I can sense your happiness and excitement over this very special event. Although I wouldn’t disallow children it would be nice if parents showed discretion and either didn’t bring them if there was a chance they’d be disruptive and bored or leave the room so that everyone else can enjoy. But what a lovely opportunity for you! Your sketches are really super, and I love the photo at the end. Happy T day!

    1. I wouldn´t disallow children as a rule either, but parents should show some judgement. The most disturbing ones were a bunch of siblings aged 10-14, an age when they should be able to understand what is going on and have some self-control. But then, I have young classmates (19-20) now, who are just as disrespectful at lectures, provoking some reprimanding from yours truly… I don´t mind being the old bitch when necessary, but I find it depressing that it is necessary to educate adults on fundamental respect, particularly those who aspire to work in nursing… 🙁

      Thanks for your kind words, I am really happy about that photo too. The elegant lady is a professor of dancing. 🙂

  5. sounds very interesting – and i can understand the time flew by much faster by making sketches, great ones! and i´m always interested in skandinavian authors, so i´ll Google this one!
    happy t-day, Victoria!

  6. SO glad you had such a great time. Getting a PHD is a wondrous achievement ! My daughter is working on hers and it is very hard work and takes a dedicated soul to finish it. Your sketches are fantastic!

  7. “almost four hour long ceremony,” Yes, those kinds of things can seem to drag. When you mentioned the disruptive kids I pictured little ones and readjusted my mental picture when I read your comment about the 10-14 year olds. They are certainly old enough to know better, and parents of children that age ought to be old enough to know what to do about it 😉 Being taken out of the room would’ve been more welcome relief than punishment surely.

    I love those elegant long, black dresses in your photos.

    1. I was on the verge of doing something about those kids myself, but decided it was not my place. The parents were on stage (I am sure they could clearly hear their offspring), the grandma had no authority and the grandpa didn´t bother. Actually, with one hour left, the siblings left by their own initiative. I could hear them shouting in the corridors, and someone closed the door after them…

      1. Ah, I guess the parents trusted the grandparents. That didn’t go well. I’m thinking there were probably words said after the event was over. We live and learn, but they should know their own family members better than that.

  8. What a lovely event to attend, and the marvelous sketches you created from it. I quite sympathize with the shoe thing…..LOL
    Thanks for sharing the celebration….Happy T-day

  9. I think it’s interesting to see sketches in addition to photos. This looks like a beautiful, elegant event.

    Happy T Day & may the Force be with you!

  10. Thanks so much for the photographs and the sketches. They really brought the words on the page to life for me. I think it is great that ceremonies like this still take place to honor those who have worked hard to achieve something.

  11. Wish we could have a celebration like that after Master and Doctorate Degree here but unfortunately the academic world is too serious. We only celebrate when we graduate. After that, no fun at all. Love your post!Happy T day:)!

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