VMU to Celebrate Start of New Academic Year


Students, lecturers and employees – all members of VMU community are invited to celebrate the start of the new academic year by participating in the traditional events of 1 September. They will conclude the introductory week dedicated to the welcoming of first year students.

As usual, festivities of 1 September will begin with the Holy Mass at the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica (1 Vilniaus Street) on 12 p.m. This will be followed by meetings of faculty communities with the first year students. International students will attend events of the Orientation Days organized by the International Office. 

Later, everyone will be welcome to join in the festive parade, which will start at 2.30 p.m. from the Monument to Vytautas the Great (96 Laisvės al.). The meeting point of the international students is outside the VMU International Office’s building (27 S. Daukanto g.) at 2.10 p.m. International students are requested to come on time and take their country’s flag if they have it with them.

The final part of the celebration will begin at 3 p.m. in the VMU Great Hall (28 S. Daukanto g.): some of its most anticipated parts will be the VMU Rector’s greetings and the tasting of the big festive cake.

Notably, Tuesday 1 September is not only the day of festivities for the entire university, but also the first day of classes for BA degree students.

Program of Festivities on 1 September

12.00 p.m. Holy Mass at the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica (1 Vilniaus Street) for the communities of Kaunas universities
1.30–2.00 p.m. Meetings of first-year students with faculty communities.
2.10 p.m. International students meet outside VMU International Office (27 S. Daukanto) before the festivities near the Monument to Vytautas the Great.


2.30 p.m. Start of celebration
2.35 p.m. Congratulations
2.50 p.m. Festive procession to VMU Great Hall


3.00 p.m. Start of event. National anthem of Republic of Lithuania
3.10 p.m. Speech by VMU Rector Prof. Juozas Augutis
3.20 p.m. Freshmen’s oaths
3.25 p.m. Congratulations
3.50 p.m. Gaudeamus Igitur (student anthem)
4.00 p.m. Festive cake of September 1st

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