A formal meal will take place the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 in Prince Hall. Our speaker will be Dr. Jannette Vusich, Assistant Professor in the Early Modern Studies Program. Grace will be sung by the King’s Chapel Choir.

5:30 p.m. Sherry Hour in the Lodge, where academic gowns will be provided

6 p.m. Process from the Lodge to Formal Meal in Prince Hall

All members of the King’s community are welcome to attend. Tickets are provided to all residence students. Tickets are generally provided free and first-come, first serve to Day students. Please RSVP by November 4 to katie.merwin@ukings.ca (space is limited).

You are also warmly welcome to stay after Formal Meal to stop by the Persephone: Changing Seasons and Selves Art Exhibit in Halifax’s most unique gallery space – the Cochran Bay Laundry Room Art Gallery – featuring artwork by current King’s students.


In the earliest days of the college, residence students gathered to eat the main meal of the day in a formal setting. Much like today, the students all wore academic gowns and heard traditional Latin graces, and etiquette rules were in place. These basic, simple formalities have remained relatively unchanged for some 200 years.

Formal Meal is held several times a semester, providing an opportunity for staff and students to dine together and listen to guest speakers. Attendees wear their academic gowns, and students stand until the head table arrives and the Latin grace has been said. The gowns, the grace, and the ritual have become familiar territory for King’s students and alumni; an essential part of what it means to be part of the King’s community.