Kiel University celebrates its 350th anniversary

On October 5, Kiel University will be celebrating its founding day 350 years ago. Around 700 guests from across the world are anticipated, including Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark. From today, September 8, all current and former members of Kiel University, students as well as employees, are invited to take part in the raffle of 35 tickets for the ceremony. The drawing of the tickets ends on September 13. The ceremony will also be broadcasted live into the main lecture hall of Kiel University (Audimax).

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Programme of the founding day

The ceremony for the founding day will take place on October 5 in the Offene Kirche Sankt Nikolai zu Kiel. After a welcome speech by regional bishop Gerhard Ulrich, a ceremonial speech will be given by Professor Lutz Kipp, President of Kiel University. The speech will be followed by greetings from Schleswig-Holstein's Minister-President and patron of the university jubilee, Torsten Albig, and from Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark.

The musical framework for the ceremony will be provided by members of the Philharmonic Orchestra of state capital Kiel and by Kiel University's Studentenkantorei (student choir) under the direction of university music director, Bernhard Emmer. One of the musical pieces will be “Veni, sancte spiritus” by Augustin Pfleger. It was formerly played at the original founding day of Kiel University on October 5, 1665.

In honour of Kiel University, the premiere of a carillon concert “Pax Optima Rerum” at the Kieler Kloster will conclude the ceremony. Guests of the ceremony as well as the wide public are invited to join this concert. The official ceremony reception for the university's birthday will take place in the evening at the Kieler Rathaus (City Hall).

Information for media representatives

Kiel University invites media representatives to report on its 350th anniversary of the university's foundation on 5 October 2015. Please complete a binding registration for the two events using the online form, which can be found under This can be done until 25 September.

Key facts:

Ceremony for the founding day of Kiel University

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Broadcast: from 2 p.m., Audimax (main lecture hall), Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, 24118 Kiel

Ticket raffle: September 8 to 13

This event takes place within the 350th anniversary of Kiel University, which will be celebrated throughout the whole year of 2015. From sports events, concerts, lecture series and exhibitions to conferences and research projects: With over 2000 individual events in its calendar the state university opens itself and invites everyone to celebrate its big anniversary together. For more information, visit