Award ceremony for doctoral graduates and alumni

Graduation ceremony recognising the achievements of doctoral graduates and alumni

2020 Ceremony postponed

Due to the current situation, we have decided to postpone the award ceremony for doctoral graduates and alumni on 19 and 20 June 2020 in Erlangen.

We will inform you as soon as we have found an alternative date for the ceremony.

Since 2018, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has celebrated the achievements of doctoral graduates with a central awards ceremony, welcoming them into the alumni family.

Graduates throwing caps at the award ceremony for doctoral graduates and alumni 2018

Bild: Giulia Iannicelli

The ceremony also honours all those who obtained a doctoral degree from FAU 15, 25 or 50 years ago, all of whom are invited to attend an alumni dinner the evening before. The ceremony offers the perfect occasion for all generations of the FAU family to meet, for alumni to return to their alma mater and for the doctoral graduates to celebrate completing their doctoral theses together with their families.

Did you complete your doctoral degree at FAU in 1970, 1995 or 2005?  Please get in touch. We would like to celebrate with you!


Julia Heiing

Room: Room Medical Valley Center, Haus 6, 2. OG
Besucher: Henkestraße 91
91052 Erlangen

A look back at 2019

Finally completing a doctoral degree after devoting years of work to it is a very special occasion, and calls for a celebration. On 12 October 2019, FAU officially recognised the achievements of its most recent doctoral graduates together with those who completed their doctoral degrees 15 (2004), 25 (1995) and 50 (1969) years ago.

In an official ceremony, the alumni walked onto the stage in the Heinrich-Lades-Halle in their graduation caps and sashes. The new doctoral graduates were then honoured by the Executive Board, watched by family and friends. Tanja Neumann from the local broadcasting company Franken Fernsehen acted as host for the ceremony. Afterwards, during the champagne reception, the alumni from both the old and new generations shared anecdotes of their time at FAU and relaxed together after the ceremony.

The evening before, a gala dinner was held to celebrate the alumni’s achievements. One guest even completed his doctoral degree 65 years ago. All in all, FAU welcomed approximately 240 alumni and 140 doctoral graduates to the ceremony, some of whom travelled from all over the world to attend, for example from USA, Poland, Ireland, France, Switzerland and Austria.