honors society

First members inducted into historical Phi Beta Kappa honor society

After years of work to bring a chapter to George Mason University, the Phi Beta Kappa honor society held its first induction ceremony on April 17, accepting 125 students, four alumni and 139 charter faculty members.

“It was a wonderful ceremony, combining the installation of our chapter and the induction of the first cohort of students,” said Marion Deshmukh, president of the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, in an email.

Nation's oldest honors society comes to Mason

After decades of applications, George Mason University has been awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Provost Peter Stearns, undergraduate education programs coordinator Marcy Glover, and history professor Marion Deshmukh have worked for years to bring a chapter of the honors society to Mason. According to Deshmukh, the university has been applying for a chapter since the 1980s.