King’s will hold its 233rd Encaenia on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Watch live May 25th at 2:30 p.m. Atlantic


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).

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.

Detailed information for graduands and families on this ceremony and the events around it is available on the Encaenia page

Tickets are available at the Reception Desk in the Arts & Administration Building (A&A).  Graduands are entitled to four (4) guest tickets. There is no charge for these tickets. Graduands do not require a ticket for themselves.

If you require additional tickets, please email the President’s Office at to add your name to the waitlist.