Opening of the academic year - October 18, 2022

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The celebration will be simultaneous streamed on this website on October 18, 2022.

The opening of the academic year 2022/2023 at the University of Bonn


Dear members, researchers, teachers, students, employees, alumni and friends of your university,

This year we will celebrate the opening of the Academic Year 2022/23 on the 18th of October 2022, the founding day of our alma mater, starting at 5 pm in the auditorium.

It is a special honour and pleasure for me to announce that we have been able to win Professor Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, to give the keynote speech.

I cordially invite you to the central ceremony of our university year!



Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch

Rector of the University of Bonn

The two pedels of the opening of the academic year 2021/22 stand together in front of a window and smile at the camera.
© Barbara Frommann / Universität Bonn

History and tradition

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

Maike Krebber one of the two presenters of the opening of the academic year 2021/22, stands on stage and speaks.
© Barbara Frommann / Universität Bonn


Here you can find the program schedule for the opening of the academic year on October 18.

A video of the 2021 State Award Ceremony at the University of Bonn, is shown during the opening of the 2021/22 academic year.
© Barbara Frommann / Universität Bonn

Award honors

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

The rector stands on stage, behind a lectern and speaks during the opening of the academic year 2021/22.
© Barbara Frommann / Universität Bonn

Review - Image gallery and event recording

On October 18, 2021, the University of Bonn started the academic year 2021/22 with the traditional ceremony marking its founding day. Here you can find the recording of it.


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