Phi Kappa Phi to hold induction

by Chloe Rensink

What is often considered the oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, Phi Kappa Phi, is gearing up to welcome new members into its prestigious organization.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phi Kappa Phi has held a mission to “recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” 

Inducting nearly 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually in more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, the chapter recognizes academic success while benefiting lifelong learning, pursuing a better education and even granting scholarships and grants.

“If you receive an invitation, it is truly an honor to join” said Shellye Vardaman, a professor of nursing and the public relations officer and former president for Phi Kappa Phi.

Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5 % of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

“The medallion ceremony is truly memorable; students get to show their success while wearing their academic regalia at graduation” said Vardaman.

The induction ceremony will be held April 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Claudia Crosby Theater.

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