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Opening Ceremony of the 656th Academic Year at the Jagiellonian University

Date: 01.10.2019
Start Time: 9.00 a.m.
Place: JU Auditorium Maximum, ul. Krupnicza 33
Opening Ceremony of the 656th Academic Year at the Jagiellonian University

The Rector of the Jagiellonian University Prof. Wojciech Nowak is pleased to invite you to the opening ceremony of the Academic Year 2019/2020.

According to the tradition, the ceremony will be preceded by a Holy Mass in St. Anne’s Collegiate Church celebrated by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski at 9.00 a.m.

After the service, the customary procession of professors in gowns will leave Collegium Maius and march through the streets of Kraków to Auditorium Maximum. It is the only occasion during the entire year when JU authorities and professors can be seen in their traditional academic attire. All sixteen JU faculties take part in the march, and each professor wears a gown whose colour symbolises his or her faculty.

The main part of the celebrations starts at 11.00 a.m. in JU Auditorium Maximum. It will include the matriculation of students from all JU faculties and the presentation of congratulatory notes to JU Rector’s Awards 'Jagiellonian Laurel' as well as other university decorations.

The academic year opening lecture will be delivered by Prof. Piotr Chłosta.

The celebrations will be concluded with an evening concert by Słowianki Song and Dance Ensemble, starting at 5.00 p.m. in Auditorium Maximum.

Please take note of road closures in the city centre!

Due to the Academic Procession, traffic in the city centre will be temporarily stopped or restricted on October 1:

  • ul. Św. Anny, ul. Podwale, and ul. Jagiellońska will be closed off to traffic and parking from 7.00 to 11.00 a.m.
  • On ul. Straszewskiego, ul. Piłsudskiego, ul. Wenecja, and ul. Krupnicza there will be temporary traffic restrictions from 10.15–11.00 a.m.

Please observe the new traffic signs!

All Kraków citizens and visitors are welcome to come and watch the academic procession!

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