The traditional Academic Procession from University hall to St Peter's Church.
The opening ceremony and mass at St Peter's Church.
Some Chinese students went up during the communion to receive the bread and wine, though they were clearly not catholics! I afterwards discussed with Wen wheater they were disrespectful and did it out fun and/or an act of ignorance. The priests asked them if they were baptised and gave them a blessing instead.
An amazing fact about the University and an insight to the tensions between the Flemish and French speaking groups in Belgium is the fact that the university was actually once split up!
Until 1968, there was only one University of Leuven, where both Dutch language and French language (although mostly French) were used. After repeated protests from Flemish organisations and student population, however, the University was split. The Dutch University of Leuven remained in the city of Leuven, while the French speaking Université Catholique de Louvain moved to the newly built campus of Louvain-la-Neuve, south of the linguistic border dividing Belgium. The main library, with all its old documents was split at that moment also. Documents and books with an odd registration number stayed in Leuven, the even-numbered ones moved to Louvain-la-Neuve.
A charicature of the Academic Procession reflecting the tensions before the split of the university. It was shown to us during the introduction speach for the exchange students.