William & Mary sign

Latest about COVID-19 and the Path Forward for fall.

Info for... William & Mary
William & Mary W&M menu close William & Mary

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Alpha Chapter of Virginia

Founded on December 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 regional alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.

There are available opportunities for students through the national office of PBK, check them out here!


PBK Gold Key

Meetings are held in the Brown Board Room of Swem Library unless otherwise noted.

September 9 (Monday) 4:30 pm – Executive Committee
Agenda: Plans for the year, speakers, named scholarships, Winter / Spring inductions

September 17 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Stated Meeting
Agenda: Report on scholarship funds, plans for the year, upcoming initiatives

October 28 (Monday) 7:30 pm – Restricted Meeting (instructional and professional faculty)
Agenda: Election of new student members-in-course, student respondent
Selection of Ann Callahan Chappell Award student winner

December 5 (Thursday) – WINTER INITIATION
4:30 pm Open House and Reception, Great Hall, Sir Christopher Wren Building
6:00 pm Initiation, Wren Chapel, Sir Christopher Wren Building
7:30 pm Dinner, Brinkley Commons, Miller Hall

February 3 (Monday) 4:30 pm – Executive Committee Meeting
Agenda: Planning for the spring semester

February 11 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Restricted Meeting (instructional and professional faculty)
Agenda: Selection of Faculty Awards

March 4 (Wednesday) – Awards Reception
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Award for Advancement of Scholarship, Departmental Award to a Student in honor of a retiring faculty member
7:00 pm  Reception location TBD
7:30 pm  Presentations

March 23 (Monday) 7:30 pm – Restricted Meeting (instructional and professional faculty)
Agenda: Selection of new student members-in-course, new faculty and alumni members, student respondent
Recommendation for 2020-2021 PBK Visiting Scholar

April 15 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm Sherry, 5:30 pm Stated Meeting via Zoom
Agenda: Election of Chapter officers, Lifelong Learner Award, and committee reports

May 2 (Saturday) – SPRING INITIATION 
5:00 pm 

Webmaster: Rachel Layko
Questions, concerns or suggestions for the website? E-mail [[rblayko]]