Institutional events and ceremonies

Inauguration of the Academic Year

The most important ceremony of a university is the inauguration of the academic year. We usually celebrate it a few months after the annual opening of academic activities, which is set on 1 October by the University Statute.

The ceremony includes an opening speech by the Rector and a lectio magistralis, which symbolises the beginning of teaching activities. 

We opened academic year 2019/2020 with a speech by Rector Elio Franzini on "Strategy and Freedom", followed by a lectio magistralis by Marta Cartabia, President of the Constitutional Court.

The inauguration of the academic year has often been the occasion to confer honorary degrees to cultural personalities and social activists, both at the national and international level.

Institutional events and exhibitions

The most important events and exhibitions proposed by the University in recent years include: high-quality public engagement initiatives, such as the events for promoting a culture of justice, which are ideally represented by the Justice Day in memory of judge Guido Galli; La Statale Cinema, La Statale Arte, which engaged contemporary sculptors and artists in dialogue with the architecture of the historic headquarters of the University; the annual participation, as organizers along with other universities in Milan, in MeetMeTonight, on the occasion of the European Researchers' Night; seminars, workshop and lectures for Book City Milano Universiy; the  Expo2015 events; and the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the University's foundation in 2014.