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When is the High Table Dinner?

The High Table Dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center. 


Thank you for your interest in making a reservation for the 2015 Freshman High Table Dinner.  Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting RSVPs.  

For more information such as where to pick up your ticket, please review the rest of the High Table website and view the JHU High Table FAQ.


What is the High Table Dinner?

The History of High Table:

The JHU High Table dinner is based on the British tradition of Formal Hall, a style of dining that has taken place at Oxford and Cambridge for centuries.

In this medieval-aged custom, students, faculty and administrators all dine in Hall (the British term for dining hall) together over a formal, served meal. The dinner atmosphere is academic in nature as attendees are required to wear their gowns along with a more formal attire for more important sittings. A Latin grace is said beforehand, although today this is more for traditional than religious reasons. The physical layout of the room is also unique, featuring an elevated High Table. At Oxbridge colleges it is seen as a high honor to receive an invite to sit at the high table, and most colleges deny undergraduates the privilege altogether.

The idea behind the JHU High Table dinner is to take many of the customs of a ceremonial Formal Hall sitting and adapt them to Johns Hopkins to create an exciting event for the freshman class.  Just like at Oxbridge colleges, the atmosphere of the JHU dinner will have an academic feel to it. Faculty members will be interspersed with students and the President and Provost of the University will sit with other key administrators at the High Table. We hope that thisdinner will provide a unique venue for faculty, students, and administrators to dine and interact.

High Table Photos & Video

2014 Photos

Feel free to check out some of the photos from the 2014 High Table Dinner:

Check out a video of the 2014 High Table Dinner created by the JHU Filmaking Club:


2013 Photos

   Plate Settings and Program 2013   President Daniels Address High Table 2013   High Table Overall