King’s will hold its 234th Encaenia on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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.



Program [PDF]

Tuesday, May 21

12 p.m. – Grad BBQ in the Quad – hosted by the 2024 Grad Committee. Bring your own blanket and some lawn games! (Rain date: Wednesday, May 22, 12 p.m. – same location)

Wednesday, May 22

5:45 p.m. – Reception in the Wardroom
6:45 p.m. – President’s Dinner in Prince Hall

Thursday, May 23

10:30 a.m. – Baccalaureate Service in the Chapel
12:45 – Journalism, Writing & Publishing photo on the steps of the Library
1 p.m. – Class of 2024 photo on the steps of the Library
1:15 – departure of Class of 2024 procession from the Quad to the Dalhousie Arts Centre
2:30 – Encaenia ceremony at the Dalhousie Arts Centre
4:45 – Post-ceremony reception in Prince Hall
8 p.m. – Final Wardy Night, Wardroom, hosted by the 2024 Grad Committee, (each graduate can sign in one guest. We ask that everyone bring two pieces of ID – one government-issued photo ID and a secondary ID, both not expired.)

Friday, May 24

10:30 a.m. – Coffee with the President in the Lodge


Further information, including when and how to obtain tickets, is available on the main Encaenia page.