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The Academy Building is the university's oldest building. Today it is mainly used for ceremonial ceremonies such as graduation, inaugural lectures and promotions.

The Sweat Room is a room in the Academy Building of Leiden University, the first university in the Netherlands. It is a Leiden tradition for graduates to sign or write their name on the walls of this room after their graduation ceremony.

The room was originally used as a meeting room for the curators. Later the room was used as a storage place for peat for the stoves of the university. It then served as a sort of second Senate chamber for conducting exams. It was not until the eighteenth century that the room became the guard room from which it now owes its name.

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The Academy Building is the university's oldest building. Today it is mainly used for ceremonial ceremonies such as graduation, inaugural lectures and promotions.

The Sweat Room is a room in the Academy Building of Leiden University, the first university in the Netherlands. It is a Leiden tradition for graduates to sign or write their name on the walls of this room after their graduation ceremony.

The room was originally used as a meeting room for the curators. Later the room was used as a storage place for peat for the stoves of the university. It then served as a sort of second Senate chamber for conducting exams. It was not until the eighteenth century that the room became the guard room from which it now owes its name.

It is not known who put his first signature on the walls of the room while waiting for the exam, nor is it known when that was. This first signature was the beginning of a long tradition, although the signature is now only put after graduation or after graduation. Well-known Leiden alumni who have put their name in the room are the Queens Beatrix and Juliana, King Willem-Alexander and Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, the Soldier of Orange. In addition, the signatures of prominent figures such as Queen Wilhelmina, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela can be read on the walls of the Sweat Room, because they have received a Leiden honorary doctorate.

The sweat chamber was restored in 2014. The money for this restoration was raised through crowdfunding.

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