Academic Procession marched through the streets of Kraków
After the Holy Mass in Wawel Cathedral concelebrated by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Kraków, an Academic Procession marched through the streets of Kraków to the Jagiellonian University Auditorium Maximum. The Procession left the gate of Wawel Castle at 10:15 a.m.
In accordance with tradition, the Procession was led by a group of students, including foreigners, who carried the flags of their home countries. Some of them wore their national costume. They included nationals of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, and South Korea. They were followed by members of different Faculties of the Jagiellonian University, starting from the youngest one – the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biotechnology, after which came: the Faculty of International and Political Studies, the Faculty of Management and Social Communication, the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science, the Faculty of Polish Studies, the Faculty of Philology, the Faculty of History, the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Medicine, and, finally, the oldest one: the Faculty of Law and Administration. All JU Professors were dressed in ceremonial gowns. Then followed the representatives of Polish and foreign academic institutions and members of the Jagiellonian University authorities: the Vice Rectors Prof. Stanisław Kistryn, Prof. Andrzej Mania, Prof. Piotr Laidler, Prof. Maria-Jolanta Flis, and Prof. Jacek Popiel. The procession was closed by the current, 305th Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Prof. Wojciech Nowak, wearing a purple ceremonial gown and ermine mozetta.
The Procession went through Planty Part, and then marched along Piłsudskiego and Wenecja streets, to Auditorium Maximum at ul. Krupnicza, to hold a special meeting of the Jagiellonian University Senate. Throughout the route, the Professors were cheered by a crowd of citizens of Kraków, as well as numerous tourists.
The Procession was part of the celebrating marking the 650th Jubilee of the Jagiellonian University.