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.


PBK Gold Key

Meetings are held in the Apollo Room of Phi Beta Kappa Hall unless otherwise noted.

September 11 (Monday)  4:30 pm – Executive Committee
Agenda: Plans for the year, speakers, named scholarships, Winter / Spring inductions

September 19 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Stated Meeting
Agenda: Report on scholarship funds, plans for the year, upcoming initiatives

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

December 8 (Friday) – 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, Tidewater Room, Sadler Center

December 9 (Saturday) – Tour of Apollo Room in PBK Hall
     10:00 am  Tour of the Secret Chambers for new initiates and guests

January 22 (Monday) 4:30 pm – Executive Committee Meeting
      Agenda: TBD

January 30 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Restricted Meeting
Agenda: Selection of Faculty Awards

February 21 (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
     6:00 pm  Reception in Dodge and Apollo Rooms of PBK Hall
     6:30 pm  Presentations

March 19 (Monday) 7:30 pm – Restricted Meeting
Agenda: Selection of new student members-in-course, new faculty and alumni members, student respondent
     Recommendation for 2018-2019 PBK Visiting Scholar

April 3 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Stated Meeting
Agenda:  Election of Chapter officers, Lifelong Learner Award, and committee reports

11:00 am - 12:10 pm  Initiation, Wren Chapel
      12:10 pm - 1:30 pm  Reception, Tent in Sunken Gardens

May 12 (Saturday) – Tour of Apollo Room in PBK Hall
     2:00 - 4:00 pm  Tour of the Secret Chambers for new initiates and guests