Phi Theta Kappa Induction Held at GC

During a recent ceremony at Garrett College, 23 new members were welcomed into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s Alpha Omicron Phi Chapter. The mission of this international organization is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.

To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of associate degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, generally a 3.25 GPA. Part-time and full-time students are eligible for membership.

The ceremony opened with a message of welcome and congratulations from Garrett College President Dr. Richard MacLennan to the inductees and their families and friends. “This is a great moment to recognize academic achievement. I congratulate you on this honor as it is no small accomplishment,” he said.

Dr. MacLennan noted that membership in PTK is more than an honor. “There is a challenge for students being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. It brings recognition as well as an opportunity to elect officers, developed leadership, and find ways to give back to the academic community,” he said.

James L. Allen, Interim Dean of Instruction, also welcomed those present and noted the importance of support from loved ones in the achievement of success. “Tonight we recognize your high level of academic achievement and in many cases your active role in the life of Garrett College. Congratulations on your achievement s and best wishes for your future success,” he said. Allen outlined the history of Phi Theta Kappa. Founded in 1918 in Missouri to recognize the accomplishments of two-year college students, Phi Theta Kappa is today the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1,000 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau.

Krista McKenzie, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, spoke to the students, their families and friends about the goals of this honor society as represented in the PTK organization shield. Allen led the students in the saying the membership pledge and awarded certificates and McKenzie presided over the signing of the honor roster.

A reception followed the ceremony.