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Dress code

 

Sword Ceremony

Conferment ceremony and church service

Formal Dinner

Graduation Cruise

Doctor/Doctor Honoris Causa (men)

Suit or jacket and trousers

Tailcoat: black vest, white gloves, white bow-tie, no handkerchief in breast pocket, black leather shoes, decorations, doctoral hat and sword

Tailcoat: white vest, white gloves, white handkerchief in breast pocket, black lacquered leather shoes, white bow-tie, decorations, doctoral hat and sword

Casual

Doctor/Doctor Honoris Causa (officer / ret. officer):

Service Dress

Full Dress (m/87 or equiv.): black cummerbund, black shoes (or dinner shoes), white gloves, decorations, doctoral hat and sword

Full Dress (m/87 or equiv.): white cummerbund, black dinner shoes, white gloves, decorations, doctoral hat and sword

Casual

Doctor/Doctor Honoris Causa (women)

Dress, jacket and skirt or jacket and trousers

Full-length black evening dress and gloves, decorations, doctoral hat and sword

Full-length black evening dress and gloves, decorations, doctoral hat and sword

Casual

Doctor’s /Doctor’s Honoris Causa partner, women

Dress, jacket and skirt or jacket and trousers

Full-length black evening dress and gloves, decorations (doctoral hat)

Evening dress and gloves, decorations (doctoral hat)

Casual

Doctor’s /Doctor’s Honoris Causa partner, men

Suit or jacket and trousers

Tailcoat: black vest, white gloves, white bow-tie, no handkerchief in breast pocket, black leather shoes, decorations (doctoral hat)

Tailcoat: white vest, white gloves, white handkerchief in breast pocket, black lacquered leather shoes, white bow-tie, decorations (doctoral hat)

Casual

Invited Guest (men)

 

Tailcoat: black vest, white gloves, white bow-tie, no handkerchief in breast pocket, black leather shoes, decorations (doctoral hat)

Tailcoat: white vest, white gloves, white handkerchief in breast pocket, black lacquered leather shoes, white bow-tie, decorations (doctoral hat)

Casual

Invited Guest (women)

 

Full-length black evening dress and gloves, decorations (doctoral hat)

Evening dress and gloves, decorations (doctoral hat)

Casual

Invited Guest (officer / ret. officer)

Service Dress

Full Dress (m/87 or equiv.): black cummerbund, black shoes (or dinner shoes), white gloves, doctoral hat or cap (m/87 or equiv.), decorations

Full Dress (m/87 or equiv.): white cummerbund, black dinner shoes, white gloves, doctoral hat or cap (m/87 or equiv.), decorations

Casual

Marshals (cadets):

M/58

Full Dress (m/22), sword and sword belt

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Additional information on what to wear (professional military)

During the degree ceremony and the formal dinner a professional soldier, who is being conferred a degree or professional soldiers who have been invited to the event, will wear a Full Dress Uniform. During the degree ceremony they will wear the uniform with the black cummerbund and during the formal dinner the white cummerbund. Using lacquered leather shoes is allowed with both the black and white cummerbund.

Professional soldiers authorised to wear the doctoral hat will wear it during the ceremony instead of military headgear, in accordance with established academic custom.

In academic celebrations, instead of a military uniform a military chaplain may wear clerical dress as the nature of the event and regulations governing clerical dress codes require.

The Rector of the National Defence University will wear the ceremonial chains of office (excl. sword ceremony and graduation cruise).

Retired officers have the option of wearing the officers’ Full Dress or the academic dress (tailcoat).

Additional information on what to wear (civilians)

Guests (civilians) that have a PhD should wear their doctoral hats during the doctoral degree celebrations (excl. the sword ceremony and graduation cruise).

Women who are taking part in the formal dinner as partners/spouses or invited guests do not necessarily have to wear a black evening dress. Their dresses may be more bright and colourful.

Honorary and academic doctors who have just been conferred must attach their swords on the left-hand side of their attire. If the sword cannot be attached to the attire, the doctors are to carry the sword in their left hand.