After the University delegation had laid wreaths and paid homage to deceased professors and students at the Mirogoj Cemetery at 9.15 a.m., a solemn session of the Senate was held in the Great Hall of the University of Zagreb at 11 a.m. The solemn session was opened by welcoming speeches given by dignitaries. Afterward, the Rector of the University of Zagreb, Professor Damir Boras, Ph.D., held a presentation on the University of Zagreb at the beginning of the 348th academic year.
Attendees of the solemn session were also addressed by the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, as well as by the Minister of Science and Education Professor Pavo Barisic, Ph.D., the Deputy Mayor of the City of Zagreb Vesna Kusin and the President of the Rectors' Conference of the Republic of Croatia Professor Šimun Anđelinović, Ph.D. The solemn event was attended by rectors and vice-rectors of Croatian universities, members of the University Council, deans of the constituent units of the University of Zagreb and other dignitaries and distinguished guests.
At the solemn session, twelve professors of the University of Zagreb received the honorary title of emeritus professors and the Fran Bošnjaković Prize and the Andrija Mohorovičić Prize for the year 2016 were awarded. The Rector of the University of Zagreb, Professor Damir Boras, Ph.D., awarded students and professors of the University with special recognition awards. The Academic Choir of the University of Zagreb conducted by Lobel Filipić participated in the musical part of the programme.
The programme in the Great Hall continued up to 5 p.m. when the professors of the University of Zagreb retired in the academic year 2015/2016 were awarded commemorative medals.
On 23 September 1669, the Holy Roman Emperor and the King of Hungary and Croatia Leopold I recognized the status and granted privileges of a university institution to the Jesuit Academy (Academia Zagrabiensis) in the free royal city of Zagreb. This recognition was adopted by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Croatia on 3 November 1671. Therefore, the University of Zagreb accepted the year 1669 as the year of its founding, and celebrates its University Day (Dies academicus) on 3 November.