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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 virtually unless otherwise noted.

August 31 (Monday) 4:30 pm – Executive Committee
Agenda: Plans for the year, speakers, named scholarships, Winter / Spring inductions

September 8 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Stated Meeting
Agenda: Report on scholarship funds, plans for the year, upcoming initiatives

February 8 (Monday) 4:30 pm – Executive Committee Meeting
Agenda: Planning for the spring semester

February 16 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm – Restricted Meeting (instructional and professional faculty)
Agenda: Selection of Faculty Awards

Combined with March 29th meeting


March 10 (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 29 (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, and faculty awards.
Recommendation for 2021-2022 PBK Visiting Scholar

April 13 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm Sherry, 5:30 pm Stated Meeting via Zoom
Agenda: Election of Chapter officers, Lifelong Learner Award, and committee reports

May 19 (Wednesday) – SPRING INITIATION 
5:00 pm

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