PI DELTA PHI was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California at Berkeley in 1906. It became the National French Honor Society in 1925, and was admitted as a member of the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. Today, there are over 316 chapters established at public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The Beta Epsilon chapter of Pi Delta Phi was founded at William & Mary and held it first induction ceremony in 1952, 60 years ago.
The Society's mission to is to promote French and Francophone culture. The William & Mary chapter hosts several cultural events each year, including presentations by its student members. Here is Emily Eyestone ('14) presenting her honors research on the intersections of poetry and music in nineteenth-century France:
The annual induction of new members is held in April: students who have completed three French courses at the 300-400 level (French 151 is also included) and who have a 3.0 average both overall and in their upper-level French courses are eligible to become members of Pi Delta Phi.
This photo is from the 2012 Initiation Soirée:
The 2011 Initiation Soiree took place on Wednesday, April 21:
on this picture: Jing Ao, Elizabeth Bolton*, Michael Connolly*, Claire Degitz, Jessica Dupont, Amanda Garnier, Jasmin Harper, Ingrid Heiberg, Ingrid Mielke-Maday, Stefanie Muldrow, Veronica Poirier, Lisa Sthreshley, Alexandra Ulsh, Danny Yates, Prof Eilderts, Prof. Sykes.