Alpha Kappa Delta
      The International Sociology Honor Society      
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Placing an Order

To place an order for new members/certificates and/or merchandise, download the following:

AKD Order Form

List of Initiates

Activation Form


See further directions below

Undergraduate Students: To identify eligible members, compile a list of current junior and senior sociology majors and minors and those who are seriously interested in sociology.  If needed, contact your school’s registrar office for a cutoff list of those students who are in the top 35% of their graduating class, or an overall GPA of 3.3, and have a minimum 3.0 sociology GPA. If your school’s registrar office cannot provide you with the top 35% ranking, instead use 3.3 overall GPA in its place.  Eligible students must have completed four courses of sociology. 

Graduate Students: To identify eligible members, compile a list of students who have completed at least one-half year of graduate study in sociology, who have a graduate grade-point average of 'B' or better, and who have continued matriculation in a program of study leading toward a graduate degree in sociology at the host institution. 

Be sure to cross check this with a previous inductees list.  Also, see
Membership Eligibility.

Once you have identified all students who are eligible, send an invitation for membership letter/email and application to those candidates (find a sample letter and application here). Select a deadline for students to return their application form and payment. The membership fee is $50.00/student. Let students know they may purchase honor cords, lapel pins, and other AKD paraphernalia at an additional cost. See our merchandise page for more options.

To officially induct new members with the Executive Office, prepare and mail the following items to our office:

  1. AKD Order Form
  2. List of Initiates Form - Include the initiation date you would like printed on the members' certificates. Ensure all names are spelled correctly; it is a $15 fee to have certificates reprinted. Include students' email addresses in order for them to receive their one free year of our journal (if they prefer a print copy, fill out the Activation Form)
  3. One check or Money Order - Made payable to Alpha Kappa Delta. Individual students checks and multiple checks will not be accepted. We can accept checks from the chapter, the institution, or the chapter representative (as a last resort).
  4. (Optional) Activation Forms - If you provide email addresses for your newly inducted students on the list of initiates form, students will automatically be signed up for online access to our journal. If students prefer a print copy, please have them send in an activation form. You may include these with your order to ensure your students receive their journal. If we do not receive any emails or activation forms, the Executive Office will send you a copy after the order is processed.

  1. Students are not official AKD members until we have received the proper paperwork and fees.
  2. Please limit orders to once a semester.
    • We cannot process orders unless the chapter representative is an active member. Download: Membership Renewal
    • We cannot process orders if we do not have your chapter's IRS EIN Confirmation Letter. See "EIN Information"
    • We cannot process orders if your chapter is inactive. See "Reactivate Your Chapter"
  4. PAYMENT: Only institutional checks, checks cut from chapter's bank accounts, or money orders will be accepted.  If you cannot arrange one of these options, a single check cut from the faculty chapter representative’s personal account can be accepted. We cannot take credit cards, cash, or individual student checks. If a business office is involved in the transaction, make sure both the order form and the payment reach the AKD office together.
  5. ACTIVATIONS: Please do not use this form as a membership application form. This is to be used for recently inducted members of AKD only. If you did include your students' email addresses with your List of Initiates, please have your students fill this form out for them to receive their one free year of Sociological Inquiry as well as communication from the Executive Office. This form may be sent in when placing an order or after an order has been placed with the Executive Office.
    • Certificates: Orders are processed when received in the Executive Office regardless of order date or initiation date.  AKD certificates and cards are shipped directly from a printing company. Please allow up to 2-4 weeks for these to be processed, printed and shipped.  Note: It may take longer during the spring semester. Certificates will not be rushed via priority or express mail. Do not contact the printing company. Please plan accordingly and allow sufficient time to ensure certificates arrive prior to your initiation date.
    • Merchandise: Merchandise, including honor cords and lapel pins, is shipped directly from the AKD Executive Office. Please allow 3-7 days for delivery. There is a shipping and handling cost for all orders that include merchandise. Express shipping is available at an extra cost.
      • Merchandise will be sent with a tracking number. AKD is not responsible for the loss of packages that have been confirmed as delivered by the USPS through tracking.
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Express shipping cost to ship 1-3 honor cords and/or lapel pins: add an additional $20