Parties and events

Members of the Student Union can enjoy fun events throughout the academic year. The academic year begins with Vulcanalia, the biggest student party of the year. Then on the Finnish Independence Day in December we march by torchlight through the city centre. In February, we celebrate the Student Union’s anniversary.

Vuosijuhlat – the anniversary of the OYY

The Student Union of the University of Oulu hosts a formal academic dinner party called Annos once a year to celebrate its anniversary. OYY was founded in 1959 but the first anniversary was celebrated only in 1961. The party is held on the anniversary (February 28) or on the previous weekend. The anniversary is a party for everyone studying at the University of Oulu, and it consists of a delicious dinner, speeches and singing according to the Finnish academic tradition. The event planners responsible for the Student Union’s anniversary are the Organisation and Administration Officer of the Student Union, together with the Board member appointed in charge of cultural affairs. The Student Union’s Cultural Affairs Section also lends a helping hand to the event. In addition to the fancy festivities, Annos is the occasion where the Student Union decorates its distinguish members for their duty and efforts.

Guide to anniversary celebrations

The anniversary is a perfect opportunity to dress up in either a suit or a lovely gown, and be a gentleman or a princess for a day. Even though the party has a dress code it’s not to be taken too seriously. However, here you can read the guide to anniversary celebrations where you’ll find some practical information on the Finnish academic dinners and etiquette.


In the autumn, The Student Union of the University of Oulu organises the official opening party of the new academic year: Vulcanalia. The date is by tradition the Wednesday of the opening week. The party offers a great chance for everyone to get their mind of the all the information overload, and get together with fellow students. The outline of the party changes from year to year, but we can guarantee good music, a fun show, and of course many cool boys and girls. Whether you’re a freshman or have been attending the University for longer than you really want to admit, this party is not to be missed!

The programme for the party will be ready by the end of the summer, so keep your eyes open! If you’ve got a superb idea for the next Vulcanalia, we’re happy to hear your thoughts. You can contact the Organisation and Administration Officer of the Student Union or the Board members in charge of cultural affairs.

Marching on Independence Day

We honour the Finnish independence by marching in torchlight through the city centre. On the way, we make a stop at the City Hall to listen to Cassiopeia, the mixed choir of the Student Union. The march will end at the WWII cenotaph in Oulu cemetery. And traditionally, after the march, we gather somewhere to watch the reception celebrations at the Presidential Palace.

More info about the torchlight procession 2018