University education may undoubtedly be ranked among the most impressive cultural components of social life. The traditions of university ceremonies express an historical message not only of the dissemination of learning and scientific research, but also of furthering truth, honour, and humanity. The university environment, referring to the historical legacy of original medieval education, is inseparably connected with academic ceremonies, which are characterised by respectable premises, ritual attire – academic gowns – academic insignia, gestures, and utterances. The formalities of academic ceremonies were shaped gradually over time. Currently, the academic rituals of the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius have a customised character and fixed proceedings, determined by ceremonial protocol. They consider historical legacy and traditional conception, possessing a representative character and a unique solemn atmosphere. Academic ceremonies conclude the individual study levels, and they accompany the conferring of exceptional degrees and other important events. Per legislation, universities possess the exclusive right to grant academic degrees, scientific-educational degrees, and artistic-educational degrees, use academic insignia and perform academic rituals. In accord with this entitlement, the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava preserves the honourable character and nobleness of academic rituals and ceremonies.
Academic Ceremonies and Insignia of the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
Mgr. Silvia Haladová, PhD.
UCM v Trnave, 2017