Sword-whetting dinner

Officially, the conferment ceremony begins with a ceremonial sword-whetting dinner for the doctoral graduands and their companions.

At the sword-whetting dinner, women wear a colourful full-length evening dress. (NB! A black evening dress can be turned into a colourful dress by wearing colourful accessories, such as a bolero or a scarf.)

Men wear evening attire, i.e., white tie, with a white waistcoat or a uniform.

No doctoral hats are worn or swords carried at the sword-whetting dinner; also, no decorations are worn.