The annual celebration

The 2020 annual celebration has been cancelled

As a result of the recent increases in the rate of COVID-19 infection in Aarhus and Denmark, the authorities have introduced more restrictive guidelines for holding events – especially in Aarhus. As a consequence, the 2020 annual celebration has been cancelled.

This year’s prizes and honours will instead be presented at the annual celebration in 2021. This includes the distinguished alumnus award, the Anniversary Foundation prizes of honour and honorary doctorates. It also includes this year's Holst-Knudsen award, which was postponed to the annual celebration because of the lockdown in the spring.  The only award that will be conferred this year will be HRM Queen Margrethe ISS’ travel grants for students, as the students need the grants for study abroad, and these exchanges must be completed before they graduate.


Aarhus University was founded on 11 September 1928, and holds a celebration every year to commemorate the event. In addition to the university's staff, we also invite our partners, whose support for Aarhus University is invaluable.

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