90th Annual Tap Day welcomes over 60 new students into six honor societies
The students who were inducted were secretly selected throughout the year.
Apr. 14, 2017
It’s no secret that traditions are taken very seriously at MU, and one of the most historic traditions continued Friday at the 90th annual Tap Day in Jesse Auditorium.
Tap Day is a ceremony occurring every spring that identifies new members of the six recognized secret honor societies on campus. The tradition dates back to 1927, when the first Tap Day was conducted on Francis Quadrangle by the columns.
To be “tapped” is considered a great honor. Students and faculty can both be tapped into these societies for various different reasons including selflessness, community service and leadership skills.
There are six recognized secret societies at MU: QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Rollins Society. Only initiated members know what their societies’ letters mean and what the true inner workings of each society are.
Each society leads their selected individuals, or “taps,” on stage to be revealed. Taps wear long robes and hoods masking their faces, which are taken off by previously inducted members once they are announced to be in the society.
Junior Brandon Splitter, who was tapped into the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, was aware of the high honor that came with Tap Day.
“I knew about [Tap Day] since I came to Mizzou for Summer Welcome, and I realized that it is an amazing opportunity and is one of the things that really sets Mizzou apart from other schools,” Splitter said. “It was just an incredible experience.”
Each honor society is different. The LSV secret honor society selects its members one year prior to Tap Day, and members carry out service throughout the year in secret. LSV recognizes men and women who “continually strive to promote and improve the status of women on campus.”
Olivia Webster, a junior psychology student who was tapped into LSV, is a member of the Delta Xi Nu multicultural sorority and works with women on campus to make sure that their voices are being properly heard.
“It was an exciting feeling,” Webster said. “I wanted to cry. Everybody else was crying, but I was just too nervous to.”
Here is list of students inducted into the honor societies:
Nolan Michael Gromacki
Stephanie Hernandez Rivera
Mary Grace Kelly
Taylor M. Harrington
Swee-Yang Ashley Yong
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)
Mary Catherine Heger
Jacqueline Gamboa Varela
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