Encaenia is an academic ceremony usually performed at colleges or universities. It generally occurs some time near the annual ceremony for the general conference of degrees to students. The word is derived from the Greek word 'εγκαίνια', meaning a festival of renewal or dedication, and corresponds to the Latin term "Commencement."

United Kingdom

At certain universities, Encaenia is an annual ceremony typically involving the presentation of honorary degrees to distinguished alumni and to distinguished personages from the worlds of arts and sciences. In most British universities, it corresponds to part of Graduation.

The most famous Encaenia is the ceremony at the University of Oxford, which usually takes place on the Wednesday of the ninth week of Trinity Term (i.e. a Wednesday in the latter part of June). Preceding the ceremony is a procession of some of the participants to the Sheldonian Theatre, inside which the main event takes place. Those who take part in the procession are the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and Pro-Vice-Chancellors, the Heads of Houses (i.e. the university's colleges, societies, and halls), the four Heads of Division (i.e. the divisions of [1] Humanities, [2] Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences [3] Medical Sciences, and [4] Social Sciences), holders of Higher Doctorates (i.e. those in Divinity, Civil Law, Medicine, Letters, Science, and Music), the Proctors, the Assessor, the Public Orator, the Professor of Poetry, and the Registrar, together with the outgoing President of the Oxford University Student Union, and the Presidents of the Junior and Middle Common Rooms of the colleges to which the Proctors and the Assessor belong.

The Encaenia is depicted in the film "Shadowlands" and in the Morse episode .

United States

At some institutions Encaenia is the evening shortly before commencement on which the College honors the graduating class with awards and prizes following a procession of candidates and faculty in academic regalia, often joined by trustees and administrators. In the case of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University, the graduates in turn bid farewell in the persons of the Class Valedictorian and, in a humorous yet loving way, the honorary "Lord" or "Lady of the Manor". [http://www.fordham.edu/UndergraduateBulletin/]

External links

* [http://www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/university_year/encaenia.html Information about the Encaenia Ceremony at Oxford]
* [http://www.fordham.edu/academics/colleges__graduate_s/undergraduate_colleg/fordham_college_at_r/honors_opportunities/graduation_awards_22739.asp Fordham College at Rose Hill Encaenia Ceremony, Fordham University]

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  • ENCAENIA — festa erant dedicationis apud Graecos, de quibus Lill. Gyraldus l. 17. Hist. Deorum. Item apud Iudaeos, celebrata d. 25. noni mensis, Casleu dicti: idqueve in memoriam templi a Iuda Maccabaeo repurgati, triennio postquam ab Antiocho Epiphane… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • encaenia — [en sē′nē ə, ensēn′yə] pl.n. [altered (after L) < ME encennia < L encaenia < Gr enkainia < en , EN 2 + kainos, new: see CENE] [often with sing. v.] 1. a festival commemorating the founding of a city, church, university, etc. 2. [E ]… …   English World dictionary

  • Encaenia — En*c[ae] ni*a, n. pl. same as {Encenia}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encaenia — n. 1 (at Oxford University) an annual celebration in memory of founders and benefactors. 2 a dedication festival. Etymology: L f. Gk egkainia (as EN (2), kainos new) * * * enˈsēnyə, inˈ , nēə noun plural but singular or plural in construction… …   Useful english dictionary

  • encaenia — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Usage: often capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, dedication festival, from Greek enkainia, from en + kainos new more at recent Date: 1691 an annual university ceremony (as at Oxford) of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • encaenia — /en seen yeuh, see nee euh/, n. 1. (used with a pl. v.) festive ceremonies commemorating the founding of a city or the consecration of a church. 2. (often cap.) (often used with a sing. v.) ceremonies at Oxford University in honor of founders and …   Universalium

  • encaenia — en·cae·ni·a || en siːnjÉ™ n. anniversary festival of renewal of an institution or commemorating the founding of a city …   English contemporary dictionary

  • encaenia — en·cae·nia …   English syllables

  • encaenia — /ɛnˈsiniə/ (say en seeneeuh), /ən / (say uhn ) plural noun festive ceremonies commemorating the founding of a city or the consecration of a church. {Latin, from Greek enkainia consecration feast} …   Australian English dictionary

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