Timetable for graduation

On this page you will find the timetable for the graduation process.

In the timetable below, you can see by when you need to submit your Master's thesis in order to graduate on a certain graduation date. You should apply for the degree certificate at least three weeks prior to the graduation date. The graduation dates are the same for master's and doctoral degrees. Please note that we cannot allow anyone to differ from these dates and that your thesis supervisor does not have the power to alter these deadlines. If your thesis is submitted later than the inital deadline then your thesis will not be handled nor discussed until the next upcoming Academic Council's meeting. Please read the information below the timetable about the graduation ceremonies.

Timetable 2019 - Bachelor's, Master's students and Doctoral students

Submit of Swedish summary (Only English thesis in Swedish master's programme) 

Submit of Master Thesis 

Apply for Degree Certificate 

Academic Council meeting 

Official Graduation Date 

Graduation Ceremony 

The Degree certificate can be picked up at the Student Service in Hki from 10 AM / Office of Study Affairs in Vaasa by appointment in advance

Mon 10.12 2018 

Mon 31.12 2018 

Fri 25.1*

Wed 6.2 

Mon 25.2 

Mon 25.2
16:00 in Helsinki

Fri 1.3
14:00 in Vaasa

Tue 26.2 

Mon 28.1 

Wed 6.2 

Thu 28.2 

Wed 5.3 

Mon 25.3 


Mon 25.3 

Mon 4.3 

Wed 13.3 

Thu 4.4 

Wed 10.4 

Mon 29.4 


Mon 29.4 

Mon 25.3 

Tue 9.4 

Thu 2.5 

Wed 8.5 

Mon 27.5 


Mon 27.5 

Mon 22.4 

Mon 6.5 

Thu 30.5 

Mon 10.6 

Wed 26.6 

Wed 26.6 16:00

Thu 27.6 

Confirmed later 

Wed 31.7 

Mon 19.8 

Mon 2.9 

Thu 19.9 (Master's & Doctors) 

Thu 26.9 (Bachelor's) 


Thu 19.9 
Thu 26.9 

Mon 19.8 

Wed 4.9 

Thu 26.9 

Wed 2.10 

Mon 21.10 


Mon 21.10 

Mon 23.9 

Wed 9.10 

Thu 31.10 

Wed 6.11 

Mon 18.11 


Mon 18.11 

Mon 21.10 

Wed 6.11 

Thu 28.11 

Wed 4.12 

Wed 18.12 

Wed 18.12 16:00

Thu 19.12 

The dates for the graduation ceremonies of 2019 were published on 18 January 2019.
*Please observe that the deadline for applying for degree certificate for the 25 February graduation date is Friday 25 January (not 24 January as previously announced as the online application form is undergoing an update on 24 January and cannot be used during that day).

Graduation Ceremonies
During the graduation ceremony, which is usually held 4pm, the Rector/Dean hands out the degree certificates. There is no special dress code for the event, but you might want to honour the occasion with suitable attire. You can bring guests to the graduation ceremony. We wish that you inform us about guests when you register for the degree ceremony (you will receive an invition for the degree ceremony once your graduation has been confirmed, usually about 5-7 days before the graduation date).

As of 2016, there are no longer graduation ceremonies for every graduation date since the number of participants has been low during certain times of the year. If you have your degree certificate on a graduation date without degree ceremony you can pick up your degree certificate at the Service Point in Helsinki or Office of Study Affairs in Vaasa according to the timetable above, but you can also participate in the following degree ceremony at your own campus. This means that if your offical graduation date is in March or April, you can participate in the graduation ceremony in June, and if your official graduation date is in September, October or November, you can participate in the degree ceremony in December. Participation is possible provided that you register for the degree ceremony according to the instructions sent to you my email (by the Office of Study Affairs at the time of your graduation date) and that you hand in your degree certificate at the Service Point in Helsinki / Office of Study Affairs in Vaasa no later than 1 week prior to the graduation ceremony.

If you have questions concerning the graduation dates or graduation ceremony, please contact studycounsellor-hki@hanken.fi (Helsinki) or studycounsellor-vaasa@hanken.fi (Vaasa).

A bigger graduation ceremony, the Solemn Conferment of Master's Degrees, which all the students who have been awarded the Master's Degree during the year can attend, is held once per academic year in Helsinki, and once every 1,5 years in Vaasa. In 2016, the Solemn Conferment of Master's Degrees in Helsinki is usually held in November. See more here https://www.hanken.fi/en/ekonombrev