Dates and venues
Changes to where you find information on graduation
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Unfortunately, due to the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are unable to deliver our July graduation ceremonies, this was a difficult decision to make but the safety of our community of students, staff and visitors must come first.
Eligible students will still become graduates of King’s and receive their certificate in the post.
We understand that this will be disappointing news as graduation ceremonies are incredibly important in the life of the university and in celebrating the spectacular achievements of our students.
However, please be assured that this is a delay rather than a cancellation, and we are exploring all options to hold graduation celebrations at a future date for graduates, their families and supporters.
For further information please see our FAQ's site.
Read about the graduation venues below, and visit our Directions & accessibility page for information on how to get there and access for you and your guests.
About the Royal Festival Hall
About Southwark Cathedral
Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Royal Festival Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues, located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre.
As well as a 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms), Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.
The Royal Festival Hall offers a fantastic central location, excellent facilities, a high standard of catering and an auditorium where every seat offers a clear and uninterrupted view of the proceedings. The state of the art sound, lighting and audio-visual facilities mean that we are able to offer an excellent quality DVD service for those who wish to purchase a memento of their day.
Joint Services Command and Staff College
Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London and was established in 1106 as an Augustinian Priory. From here they ministered to pilgrims and travellers, and to the sick and the needy of the area, as part of their ministry, the Hospital of St Thomas was established.
The College still maintains its link with the Cathedral through the merge of the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in 1998. This created the School of Medical Education and The Dental Institute and that is why these students still celebrate their Graduation day at the Cathedral.
The Defence Studies Department holds its annual graduation ceremony for graduates of the Master’s in Defence Studies.
The ceremony is held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) in late May, and to date has seen 3,410 students graduate since the JSCSC was established in 1997.
Approximately 200 students graduate each year, however due to military commitments only half of those are able to attend the ceremony in the JSCSC. They are also given the option to graduate in London at the Royal Festival Hall in July.
The majority of graduates are from the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC), which is the JSCSC’s flagship course for UK and international military officers.