Please noteMany of the student events, including the one described below, are reflective of RCSI student life, pre-COVID-19.
For at least the next year, we will be living with a 'new normal' in terms of student life at RCSI. This means that many of our events will move to virtual platforms, will be replaced with other more socially distant-friendly alternatives or will not take place in an effort to keep all of our students, staff and patients safe and healthy.
The Chocolate Ball is one of the RCSI student body’s favourite annual events. It takes place in November, so it’s an ideal way to relax before the exams and inevitable Christmas festivities kick off.
Hosted by the Caribbean-African Society (CAS), the Chocolate Ball takes place in the RCSI Exam Hall, which is transformed by the Art Society especially for the occasion.
And why is it called the Chocolate Ball? Well, CAS know the best way to attract students is through their stomachs. So every year, chocolate delicacies of all shapes and sizes are on offer at the ball, including impressive chocolate fountains.
Of course, it’s not all about chocolate, in fact, the primary goal of this event is to raise money for deserving charities. Charities that have benefited from the fundraising at the Chocolate Ball in the past include Sickle Cell Society, Sightsavers and Aid Africa.
Diversity is another key RCSI characteristic reflected in the Chocolate Ball. Stroll around the campus any day of the week and you’ll see people from all over the world. The Chocolate Ball celebrates this diversity through the annual fashion show. This is your chance to see your classmates strut their stuff on stage while dressed in their country’s traditional outfits.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. One of the highlights of the evening are the performances by the Music Society and the greater student body. Get blown away by exceptional singing and dancing, or impress your peers with your party trick.
Last but not least, the Chocolate Ball is also where ‘Mr and Miss RCSI’ are crowned. Every year students compete for the honour and the victors are revealed in front of the excitable crowd at the Chocolate Ball.