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University Ceremony

Opening Academic Year 2017-2018

4 September 2017
Pieterskerkhof 1A

The Executive Board of Leiden University is pleased to invite you to attend the opening of the 2017-2018  Academic Year.

Merijn Tinga
Merijn Tinga will deliver the Opening Address


  • Procession of students and professors
  • Welcome by Professor Carel Stolker, Rector Magnificus and President of the Executive Board
  • Opening Address by Merijn Tinga, Leiden alumnus Biology, Plastic Soup Surfer and forerunner of a sustainable world, in which we recycle everything
  • Musical interlude performed by the Choir of the Leiden Student Choir and Orchestra Collegium Musicum
  • Learning@LeidenUniversity by Professor Hester Bijl, Vice-Rector Magnificus
  • Presentation of the 2017 Leiden Teaching Prize by Ghislaine Voogd, Chair of the Leiden University Student Platform
  • Conferral of the 2017 Gratama Science Prize
  • Closing remarks by Professor Carel Stolker
  • Reception

You are kindly requested to be seated before 14:55 hrs. The programme will commence at 15:00 hrs promptly. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Pieterskerk, at approximately 16.30 hrs.

Translation and broadcast

A simultaneous English translation of the speeches will be provided. The opening ceremony will be broadcast live via the University's homepage.


If you wish to be present at the ceremony, please register before 25 August by filling in the form. Personal entrance cards will not be issued on this occasion.