By Alyssa Schnugg
More than 200 University of Mississippi students were welcomed into one of the oldest and most prestigious honor societies in the world Sunday.
The Phi Kappa Phi honor society’s mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”
The ceremony was held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gertrude Ford Center. The guest speaker was Andrea Hickerson, dean of the School of Journalism and New Media
“Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines,” said Jeremy Loenneke, Phi Kappa Phi president and associate professor of Exercise Science. “The University of Mississippi Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was established in 1959, so this society has been serving Ole Miss for more than 60 years.
“Our mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. Initiation into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only and our initiates represent the very best of their class.”
Phi Kappa Phi has a long and impressive history.
In 1897 at the University of Maine, 10 senior students, two faculty members and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence- one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”
At the University of Mississippi, notable inductees include former chancellor Robert Khayat, the late Senator Thad Cochran and bestselling author John Grisham. Presidents, senators, Supreme Court Justices, governors, Pulitzer Prize winners, even astronauts count themselves as members of Phi Kappa Phi.
This semester there are 211 initiates. About 164 attended Sunday’s ceremony.
The College of Liberal Arts had 38 inductees; School of Engineering, 11; Patterson School of Accountancy, eight; General Studies, three; School of Business Administration. 18; School of Education, four; School of Pharmacy, five; School of Applied Sciences, 13; School of Law, four; School of Journalism and New Media, seven; and Graduate School, 47.
Several students were named as inductees in more than one school.
Please join the university in welcoming these 2022 students to the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society: