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The conferring of academic and honorary degrees takes place during Encaenia, a ceremony rooted in the traditions of Oxford. Encaenia is a Greek word meaning “beginning, commencement,” and the term has been used since the founding of King’s in 1789. The King’s graduation ceremony has not changed greatly over the years apart from the conferring of honorary degrees (although the use of Latin has given way to English).

A memorable event rooted in tradition

Bachelors of Arts, Science and Music are conferred by the president of Dalhousie University, while Bachelors in Journalism and honorary degrees are conferred by the chancellor of the University of King’s College. Combined honours degrees in Contemporary studies, Early Modern studies, and History of Science and Technology are conferred together by the presidents of Dalhousie and King’s.

The president of Dalhousie and the chancellor of King’s confer the degrees of Master of Journalism and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. Graduands are presented alphabetically by degree and come forward individually to be conferred; kneeling to receive the degree is optional.

The academic gowns and hoods of faculty and graduands, the procession led by the apparator carrying the university mace, the music and celebratory setting make King’s Encaenia a happy, splendid, and memorable event.

Before You Graduate

Please notify the Registrar’s Office of your intention to graduate by December 1, 2021. There is a late fee of $50 for those who apply to graduate after this date.

If you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony, you must notify the Registrar’s Office. They will also require an up-to-date mailing address so that your parchment may be mailed to you.

If you are a potential graduate, information will be sent to you from the President’s Office via mail and e-mail regarding your graduation week. Make sure the Registrar’s Office has your valid local address and e-mail address on file so that you receive this important information. You may change your address through Dal Online or by emailing registrar@ukings.ca. NOTE: Email communications are sent to your institutional email address so be sure to check this email account.

As a reminder, you are encouraged to check your student account balance.  Students with an outstanding debt to the College (tuition, fees, library fines, etc.) will not receive their parchments at the Encaenia ceremony. You will instead receive an empty folder. Please consult the payments guide or visit the Student Accounts Office if you have questions. Please note that online payments can take up to 2 to 3 business days to appear on your account.

President's Dinner – Wednesday, May 25, 2022

5:45 p.m.: Reception in the tent in the Quad

6:45 p.m.: Dinner in the big tent in the Quad

As of March 23, 2022, tickets for the President’s Dinner are available in the Bursar’s Office. Cash, cheque, debit or credit are accepted. Graduates may receive a maximum of four tickets (one for the graduate and three for guests). There is no charge for the graduate’s ticket. The cost for guests is $30 per ticket. As limited tickets remain for the dinner, we recommend you pop into the Bursar’s Office or contact Tami Kendell (tami.kendell@ukings.ca) as soon as possible if you still wish to attend but haven’t purchased your tickets.  Tickets may be purchased up to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Party in the Wardroom — Wednesday, May 25, 2022

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. — HMCS Wardroom

Due to capacity limits, this event is only open to the graduates of 2022. Each graduate can bring one guest (the event max is 150 people). We ask that everyone bring 2 pieces of ID (1 government-issued photo ID and a secondary ID, both not expired). Masks are mandatory when entering and exiting the bar, while ordering drinks, and as much as possible when not drinking.

Baccalaureate Service – Thursday, May 26, 2022

10:30 a.m. – King’s Chapel

Taking its name from the “laurel” wreaths worn by graduates in the Middle Ages, the King’s Baccalaureate service is an Anglican service of Choral Matins held in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Encaenia day. The graduands who wish to attend assemble in their gowns and hoods at 10:15 a.m. in the Board Room and process into the chapel and sit together as a class. Attendance is optional, but graduands are strongly encouraged to participate in this traditional college service led by the Chaplain and Chapel Choir. The service lasts for one hour, and includes a brief address given by one of the honorary degree recipients. The service includes contributions from a number of faith traditions and is meant to be inclusive for all. Family and friends are welcome to attend. There are no tickets required for this service.

Graduation Ceremony (Encaenia) – Thursday – May 26, 2022

12:45 p.m.: Assemble for School of Journalism class photo on the library steps

1:00 p.m.: Assemble for 2022 Graduating Class photo on the library steps

1:15 p.m.: Procession to Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, depart from Quad (graduands only – on foot)

2:30 p.m.: Encaenia Ceremony in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

5:00 p.m.: Post-ceremony reception in the Quad under the big tent

Each graduate is entitled to receive three guest tickets to the ceremony. They may be picked up from Stephanie Boudreau, at the reception desk in the A & A Building, beginning March 23, 2022. There is no charge for these tickets.

If you require additional tickets please ask Stephanie (stephanie.boudreau@ukings.ca) to add your name to a waitlist. If there are additional tickets for the ceremony, they will be distributed in mid-May. Students who have indicated that they will not be attending Encaenia will not be entitled to receive tickets.

We want to ensure that our Encaenia ceremony is accessible for all who wish to attend.  If you and/or your guest(s) require special seating or other arrangements, please contact the Academic Services Team at registrar@ukings.ca.

Coffee with the President – Friday, May 27, 2022

10:30 a.m. – in the Quad

Tickets for Coffee with the President are available in the Bursar’s Office.  There is no charge for these tickets. They are available beginning March 23, 2022.

Gown and Hoods

If you are graduating you must wear a gown and hood.

Gowns and hoods may be obtained from the G. Peter Wilson Room, 2nd floor New Academic Building on Wednesday, May 25 from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A deposit of $250 (cash or cheque only) is required when the gown and hood are issued. The deposit will be refunded in full upon return of the gown and hood to the G. Peter Wilson Room immediately after the Encaenia ceremonies.

Important: If the gown and hood are not returned on Thursday, May 26, 2022, by 6:00 p.m. the deposit will be forfeited.

If the deposit is a barrier for participation, please email Monica Farrell (monica.farrell@ukings.ca) to discuss alternative options

Degree Frames

The King’s Alumni Association provides you the opportunity to pre-order a King’s degree frame. The pre-ordered frame will be available for pickup in the lobby of the A & A Building on May 26. And if desired, we will frame your degree. Or if preferred, with an additional fee, the frames can be couriered to a home address.

The monies raised from the sale of these frames will be used to support the Alumni Association’s priority of providing financial assistance to students through scholarships and bursaries.


The full ceremony will be livestreamed online, beginning at 2:30 pm. A program will be available online to follow along.


Flowers can be pre-ordered online for contact-free pickup on the day of Encaenia. The flower pickup will be located in the lobby of the Arts & Administration Building.


Booking a Residence Room

Residence rooms will be available on campus at a reduced rate of $45.00 per night for a single room for graduates, $70 per night for a single room for non-graduates, and $100.00 per night for a double room. Please email conferences@ukings.ca to reserve.

Lord Nelson Hotel

A block of rooms have also been set aside at the Lord Nelson Hotel on South Park for $169.00 and $219.00. Please use this link to book there. These rates are only guaranteed until April 26.

Photography/Video During Ceremony

There will be an official photographer and videographer at the event to record the ceremony. It is likely that you will be photographed by the official photographer at the moment you are conferred with your degree (capped). These photographs will be available on the Encaenia archive page the week following the ceremony. Please check back to this web page for further information on the video.

We encourage your family and friends to take photographs at the ceremony. We ask that they move to the front of the auditorium shortly before you will be conferred. Once they have taken their photographs, we ask that they return to their seat to make room for others.


Congratulations and welcome to the oldest Alumni Association in Canada!

As a new graduate, you are automatically a member of the University of King’s College Alumni Association. Along with maintaining and creating connections with your fellow King’s men and women, the Alumni Association can become a vital resource in helping you as you go forward into the next phase of your life.

Where are you going? What are you up to? Please share your news with us by writing to sonya.jampolsky@ukings.ca or updating your contact information, especially your email address, so we can stay in touch. We’ll keep you posted on King’s news and events on the King’s website, with our alumni magazine, Tidings, as well as with regular alumni e-newsletters.