King’s will hold its 230th Encaenia ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on May 23, 2019 in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.The Journalism class photo is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. and the Class of 2019 photo is scheduled for 1 p.m. Following the class photo, all graduands are invited to fall into procession behind the piper to make their way down to the Dalhousie Arts Centre to gather in preparation for the Encaenia ceremony. The procession is scheduled to depart the quad at 1:15 p.m.
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).