Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most widely recognized honor society. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, the society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and has promoted freedom of expression and intellectual inquiry for two and a quarter centuries. An invitation to join Alpha of Michigan acknowledges distinguished performance sustained over an entire undergraduate career and is recognized as such by graduate and professional schools and potential employers.
Members include leaders in every aspect of human endeavor and it has been a pretty diverse group since the turn of the twentieth century. Membership will add you to a distinguished group that includes John Marshall, Stephen Sondheim, John Quincy Adams, Paul Robson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Angela David, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Pearl Buck, Grace Hopper, Betty Friedan, Tom Lehrer, E. O. Wilson, George H. W. Bush, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, E. Annie Proulx, Joshua Redman, Peyton Manning, Bill Clinton, and the list goes on.
The 2019 Induction of new members was held on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00 in the Michigan League Ballroom with about 400 new members and guests in attendance. The keynote speaker was UM PBK alum, Abdul El-Sayed, M.D. D.Phil., 2018 Michigan gubernatorial candidate. Photos will be coming soon.