Hat, sword & dress code
The hat was a symbol of a free and independent
man already in ancient Rome. In universities
the doctoral hat is a symbol of freedom of research.
The Finnish doctoral hat looks like a top hat.
The colour of the hat indicates the field of
science; violet: theology, burgundy: law, green:
medicine, tricolour blue: arts, and dark blue:
physical education. All other fields of science,
and all the fields of science at the University
of Vaasa, have black hats. The hats are hand-made
according to individual measurements. The golden
emblem attached to the velvet band of the hat
also indicates the university or the field of
science. University of Vaasa has its own emblem
for the whole university.
The sword used at the Ceremonies is Finland's
official civilian sword. It sword comes with
a scabbard and a black or golden holder. The
university's golden symbol will also be on the
sword. The person's name and the date of their
dissertation as well as the date of the Degree
Ceremony are etched on the sword. The sword is
traditionally carried on the left side.
Dress code follows the old academic traditions.
Instructions are available below in PDF format.
» Dress code (PDF)
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