Doctoral degrees & Ceremonies

Doctoral degree defence and ceremony

A doctoral degree defence and ceremony means obtaining the university degree of doctor by writing and publicly defending a thesis. This occurs under the supervision of a professor serving as thesis supervisor. The person obtaining their doctoral degree is called a PhD candidate.

Inaugural lecture

The inaugural lecture (oration) is a public address with which a newly-appointed professor officially commences his or her office. During the inaugural lecture the teaching commitment is the key theme: which role the professor will play in the development of his or her discipline in the next five years.


By order of the Executive Board the Ceremonies and Receptions Office organizes the inaugural lectures at the University of Twente. The office does not just ensure that the ceremony goes off without a hitch, but also supervises the entire organization of the event, such as invitations, printed matters, catering and photography. In short: everything that is required to make the event a great success.
In addition, the Ceremonies and Receptions Office also tends to the secretary's office of the Doctorate Board. This secretary's office is the first point of contact for all questions and regulations concerning doctoral degree defences and ceremonies.

All doctoral degree defences and ceremonies will take place in the Prof. dr. G. Berkhoffzaal. Inaugural lectures will be held in the Prof. ir. M.P. Breedveldzaal. Both rooms are in the De Waaier building (building no. 12). A map of the campus can be downloaded. A route description to the campus is also available.

Here you can find information about the Ceremonies and Receptions Office and about doctoral degree defences and ceremonies, inaugural lectures and other academic ceremonies.