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Graduation & Election


Once you have passed all the relevant exams you are entitled to have your AKC read out at your graduation ceremony and wear the AKC epitoge as part of your academic dress.  

If you complete the AKC in the same year as your graduation ceremony, your details will be sent across automatically to the Ceremonies and Events team who will ensure the epitoge is attached to your gown when you are checked just before you walk across the platform.

If you completed the AKC in a previous year, you are strongly advised to contact the AKC office 8 weeks before your ceremony so that we can ensure your name is sent across to the Ceremonies and Events team. This is particularly important for MBBS, BDS, LLB English and French or English and German Law students, and PhD candidates.

You do not need to have been elected by the Academic Board to graduate with the AKC epitoge.

Election: How to become an AKC

Once you have completed the AKC and graduated from your main degree programme, you are eligible to apply for election as an Associate of King's College. After you have been elected as an Associate of King's College by the Academic Board, you will be entitled to use the letters AKC after your name.

There is a charge of £6 to process your certificate application and you can now apply via the King's College Online StorePlease do not apply until after you have graduated.

The Academic Board meets 4 or 5 times each academic year, normally in November, December, February, April and June. The deadline for AKC election applications to be submitted to Academic Board is normally 3-4 weeks before each meeting.

Election applications will be sent to the next scheduled Academic Board meeting for approval and certificates will only be sent out once elections have been ratified formally. If you require confirmation of your AKC before you receive your certificate (e.g. for job application purposes), please email

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please email the AKC team at:




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Assessment and Regulations


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