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Pomp, super-sized, at 2015 Commencement

Has Linköping ever seen so many wreaths and hats at one time? The most prestigious academic ceremony – Commencement – took place on 23 May at Konsert & Kongress in Linköping.

Karin LohmMaster of Ceremonies Karin Lohm (pictured right) was pleased with LiU’s 46th, and her own twelfth event:

”It has never been so big during the time I’ve been MC. I’m delighted it went so well, and I’d like to say a big ’Thank You’ to all my colleagues.”

From now, LiU will hold a single Commencement per year. Consequently the stage was filled with 89 new doctors, 25 new professors and seven new honorary doctors.

The University Service Medal was awarded to Senior Lecturer Anna-Lena Eriksson Gustavsson, the university’s musical director Hans Lundgren and Gun Mannervik, who has been secretary for five vice-chancellors and two acting vice-chancellors.

Anna-Lena Eriksson Gustavsson has been Faculty Programme Director and Director of Studies, and has among other things developed the 2001 teacher’s training programme at LiU. Hans Lundgren has himself been MC at Commencement and is well known outside the university for his work with choirs.

And once when Gun Mannervik was in hospital, the university’s senior management group moved in.

Helen DannetunLiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun (pictured left) was the evening’s first speaker:

”We were a new university in 1975 and our approach was innovative right from the start – and this hasn’t changed. Today we can say proudly that we have made innovation our tradition.”

Handing out the hats and wreaths, rings and diplomas, were Pia Forsberg for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Carin Franzén for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and, for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Simin Nadjm-Tehrani.

The newly hatched doctors were acknowledged one by one, received their insignia and were symbolically ushered into research freedom and given the right to academic instruction.

The Linköping University Symphony Orchestra performed specially written music by David Nelson under the direction of Merete Ellegaard.

Seated in the front row were Bishop Martin Modéus, County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson, former LiU VC Sven Erlander, University Chancellor Harriet Wallberg, Mälardalen University VC Karin Röding, Umeå University VC Lena Gustafsson, the Swedish Research Council’s Sven Stafström and Anna Ekström, Director-General of the Swedish National Agency for Education and Chair of LiU’s University Board.

The ceremonies proceeded according to plan, except for when the audio and video went berserk during a film about some of the aforementioned. The technician solved the problem by way of a support call and a ”Norwegian restart”, ie pulling out the cables.

The evening began with refreshments and was finished with a banquet for over 600 guests that continued to one in the morning. Performers included the Linköping University Male Voice Choir, Flip Squad acrobatic dancers and the music programme from Vadstena Folk High School.

Louis de Geer Konsert & Kongress in Norrköping will host the Commencement next year, and for every third year after that.


Text and photo: Thor Balkhed


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LiU’s conferred doctors, 2015, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Stav 1Emelie Adolfsson
  • Maria Afrell
  • Karin Backteman
  • Sara Bergstrand
  • Ida Bergström
  • Bergthór Björnsson
  • Roza Chaireti
  • Helena Enocsson
  • Johan Germundsson
  • Axel Israelsson
  • Maria Johansson
  • Mats Johansson
  • Linda Jonsson
  • Simon Jönsson
  • Per Kempe
  • Anne Lahdenperä
  • Andreas Nilsson
  • Gunnel Nilsson
  • Pernilla Norberg
  • Amanda Nordigården
  • Amin Saremi
  • Ida Seing
  • Johanna Simmons
  • Ana Maria Vasilache
  • Jenny Vegfors
  • Daniel Björk Wilhelms
  • Maria Zetterqvist
  • Josefine Åhsberg


LiU’s conferred doctors, 2015, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • Stav 2Josefine Andin
  • Elisabeth Borg
  • Magnus Broström
  • Anne-Charlott Callerstig
  • Emmy Dahl
  • Annika Engström
  • Anna Gradin Franzén
  • Lisa Guntram
  • Malin Henriksson
  • Pier Jaarsma
  • Gabriella Jansson
  • Helena Karresand
  • Ida Kåhlin
  • Cecilia Nakeva von Mentzer
  • Emelie Nordqvist
  • Johanna Romare
  • Linnéa Wahlstedt
  • Pamela Vang
  • Mozhgan Zachriso

LiU’s conferred doctors, 2015, Faculty of Educational Sciences

  • Lina Söderman Lago
  • Linnéa Stenliden
  • Åsa Elwér
  • Niclas Larson
  • Cecilia Axell


LiU’s conferred doctors, 2015, Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • Stav 3Shanaz Amiri
  • Niklas Andersson
  • Patrik Axelsson
  • Sandra Backlund
  • André Carvalho Bittencourt
  • Alva Curtsdotter
  • Zhafira Darmastuti
  • Anders Eklund
  • Alexander Govik
  • Johan Hedborg
  • Sara Helander
  • Linda Helmfors
  • Karin Isaksson
  • Danica Djuric Ilic
  • Maria Johansson
  • Anna-Carin Karlsson
  • Johannes Lindblom
  • Sofia Lingegård
  • Erik Lundmark
  • Stefan Erik Lindholm
  • Daniel Magnfält
  • Roger Magnusson
  • Erik Martinsson
  • Lisa Melander
  • Andreas Myklebust
  • Per-Magnus Olsson
  • Erik Ringaby
  • Uni Martinsen Sallnäs
  • Robert Selegård
  • Zoran Sjanic
  • Martin Skoglund
  • Hafiz Muhammad Sohail
  • Joar Nils Olov Sohl
  • Christofer Sundström
  • Olof Tengstrand
  • Martin Waldemarsson
  • Spartak Zikrin


Inaugurated professors at LiU 2015

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Martin J Ball
  • Jan Brynhildsen
  • Ylva Böttiger
  • Jörg Cammenga
  • Stig Linder
  • Elisabeth Åvall Lundqvist
  • Nicole Müller
  • Anders Persson
  • Magnus Vrethem


Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • Anders Björn
  • Daniel Filippini
  • Maria Huge-Brodin
  • Fengling Zhang
  • Hans Ansell
  • Gunnar Hörnsten


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • Thordis Arhenius
  • David Bastviken
  • Mathias Broth
  • Maria Gustavsson
  • Peter Hedström
  • Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
  • Mary Rudner
  • Anna Sparrman
  • Steve Woolgar


Educational Sciences

  • Katarina Eriksson Barajas
  • Robert Thornberg


LiU honorary doctors, 2015

  • Mathias Schubert
  • Thomas L Marzetta
  • Jon Elster
  • Per Gräslund
  • Torbjörn Kronander
  • Jan-Olof Brüer
  • Linda Penn

Academic boycott

Protestplakat mot Trumps inreseförbudLiU researchers have joined international calls for a boycott of scientific conferences in the US.


risky perfectionism

Woman putting on make upPsychology students took on role of treaters in a study of perfectionism and internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy.


social sustainability

People in motionSocial value creation is on the agendas of more and more companies and organisations. Erik Jannesson, senior lecturer in management control, has just published a book on the subject.


Critical of the national board of health and welfare

Rolf HolmqvistRolf Holmqvist is one of 17 researchers who are critical to guidelines for the treatment of depression and anxiety.


when researchers meet vulnerability

Child in SyriaMalin Thor Tureby was keynote speaker at an international conference on oral history.


global media hit

CatCats that meow with a dialect have caused a sensation in the world media. Robert Eklund, a linguist who works with cats at the Department of Culture and Communication, has lost count of the number of times the work has been reported in the media.


farewell exchange students

Farewell Mingle 2016On 6 December, a Farewell Mingle was held for departing exchange students who have studied at Linköping University.


success for new master's

Stefan Jonsson"We have a global and critical perspective that attracts today's students," says Stefan Jonsson, professor at REMESO, about the Faculty of Arts and Science’s first international master’s programme at REMESO in Norrköping - Ethnic and Migration Studies.


health is our new religion

YogisAchieving perfect health has become a religion in the western world, according to a newly published study. Barbro Wijma, professor emerita and physician with many years of experience meeting patients, views this development with dismay.


black in sweden

Victoria Kawesa

Skin colour matters, also in Sweden. But many people don’t accept that racism is a problem here – only in other countries. So claims doctoral student Victoria Kawesa, who writes about black feminism and whiteness in Sweden.


redress for neglect

Shadows of peopleJohanna Sköld from Child Studies at Linköping University co-organised an international workshop where researchers compared various models of compensation for institutional neglect and abuse.


tomorrow's nobel laureates?

Pupils from a primary school in Skäggetorp Anna Lindström and Monika Lopez of the Department of Culture and Communication applied earlier this year for funding for an initiative in an issue relating to refugees. The funding was granted, and the “Tomorrow’s Nobel laureates” project was born. 


Alumni of the year 1

Suad Ali, porträtt

Suad Ali, expert on Sweden’s refugee quota, works tirelessly for refugees worldwide. For her dedication she has been chosen as one of Linköping University’s two Alumni of the Year.


Alumni of the Year 2

Thomas-Lunner-i-studioThomas Lunner’s research has given improved hearing to millions of people with impaired hearing. He has been chosen as one of this year’s Alumni of the Year.

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Last updated: 2017-02-13