The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479. Ever since, the University has celebrated its foundation with an annual commemoration. The commemoration is always held on the third Friday in November with participation from the Royal Family.
The commemoration is composed of a Ceremony in the Ceremonial Hall of the University at Frue Plads in the afternoon and an external evening event.
The University management invites more than 700 internal and external guests for the Commemoration Ceremony. These are representatives of the University's employees and students, of research councils, funds, ministries and other close partners as well as the University's different prize winners, appointed doctors and honorary doctors of the year.
In 2020 the commemoration takes place 6 November.
Due to the authorities’ most recent COVID-19 restrictions, the Rectorate has decided to cancel the University’s annual commemoration. The event will be replaced by a small ceremony where only this year’s award winners will attend and receive their awards in small groups. All other festive activities have been cancelled.