October 18, 2021
here: traditional marching in of the rectorate in 2020

Current notice

Whether and to what extent it will be possible to participate in the event on October 18, 2021 on site in the university auditorium has not yet been determined. We will provide further information here.

The opening of the academic year 2021/2022 at the University of Bonn

The University of Bonn will start the academic year 2021/2022 on October 18, 2021 with the traditional ceremony marking its founder's day. As last year, the ceremonial opening is expected to take place as a "hybrid" event: The event will take place in the auditorium with a small number of participants and will be simultaneously webcast via a livestream.

LIVESTREAM, 18 October 2021, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The opening of the academic year will be made available to the public via a livestream on the Internet on October 18, 2021.

Registration for the livestream is required and can be found here from September.

One of the two porters holds the ceremonial sceptre in his hand. He wears white gloves.
Gown and sceptre © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

History and tradition

The gown, beret, chain of office and scepter have always played a central role in the formal opening ceremony.

The moderator, Florian Barnikel, is on stage. He wears an everyday mask with the university logo and holds his moderation cards in his hand.
Moderation by bonnFM © Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn


Here you will soon find the program schedule for the opening of the academic year on October 18, 2021.

The winner of the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD- Prize, Dima Alumnajed, receives her certificate.
Prize of the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD © Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Award honors

Traditionally, the winners of the State Prize, the DAAD Prize and the Initiative Prize of the University of Bonn are honored during the opening of the academic year.

The rector is standing behind the speaker's desk. In front of him a cameraman is standing, recording the whole event.
Recording of the livestream on October 19, 2020 © Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Review - Image gallery and event recording

On October 19, 2020, the University of Bonn started the academic year 2020/21 with the traditional ceremony marking its founding day. In the sign of the pandemic, the grand opening took place for the first time as a "hybrid" event. For the public, the event was broadcast via a livestream on the Internet. Here you can find the recording of it.


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