Halifax Community College’s Alpha Eta Phi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently held its second in-person and virtual induction ceremony of the academic year.
For the spring induction class, 18 new members took the PTK oath.
The newest members of PTK are Mya Cherry, Emeralld Contee, Reneisa Contee, Jaquan Edmonds, Issac Evans, Annette Harper, Jaliyah Hill, Sadie Johnson, Kayleigh MacLeod, Brianna McKoy, Kimberly Parker, Reonna Patterson, Octavia Richardson, Shacori Scott, Tiffany Taylor, Keara Tillery, Tyler Tudor, and Erica Williams.
To qualify for PTK, the newest members were required to be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program; complete at least 12 credit hours of coursework leading to an associate degree program; have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher; and adhere to the moral standards of the society.
PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly community colleges and junior colleges.
The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students.
To achieve this purpose, PTK provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
The ceremony began with a welcome from Northampton County Early College student and PTK member Courtney Underdue.
She was followed by Abigail Fleming, an HCC pre-nursing student and PTK member, who provided an invocation.
Halifax County Early College student and PTK inductee Issac Evans introduced HCC President Michael Elam.
During the ceremony, Elam began his keynote address by acknowledging the outstanding academic work of the spring 2021 class of PTK inductees.
He also shared that PTK is guided by four hallmarks: leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service.
The inductees were encouraged to continue to strive to reach these lofty goals after their induction ceremony.
Gary R. Redding, HCC instructor and PTK’s advisor, shared with the attendees some of PTK’s recent programs and workshops, including the PTK Catalyst 2021 virtual conference, a virtual college transfer workshop, a virtual mental health and COVID-19 workshop, a virtual financial literacy program, and current donation drive for local youth.
Next, he completed the induction of the new members.
Each student was brought up on stage and given a candle, with the flame symbolizing knowledge.
Once each new member had received their candle, the PTK oath was administered.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeffery Fields offered closing remarks that acknowledged the meaningful work being done by its current PTK advisor and members.
Barbara Bradley-Hasty, vice-president of enrollment management and student services, offered closing remarks that recognized the significant contributions of the PTK inductees’ families and friends.