Phi Beta Kappa Induction Dinner

The annual business meeting, initiation of new members, and banquet of the Kalamazoo College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Business Meeting

The business meeting will be held in the Olmsted Room at 4:30 p.m. with Dr. Elizabeth Candido, President of the Chapter, presiding.  Resident faculty and staff members of the Chapter are asked to remit their annual dues of $5.00 at this meeting (alternatively, dues can be remitted to Kelly Killen in the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life). 

Initiation Details

 Acceptance of membership in PBK requires new members' participation in the initiation ceremony, a rich traditional rite of entry that will publicly recognize your extraordinary achievements both in academic classes and other areas of your career here. If you simply cannot attend, please give advance notice to the secretary, who can, for an adequate reason, make arrangements for you to be received into the Society in absentia. Attire commensurate with the formality of the occasion is recommended.


5:30pm Nominees for initiation into the Chapter are to meet in the hallway outside the Olmsted Room (They will be ushered to the room by a faculty guide at the appropriate time.)

5:40pm Parents, family friends, and members of the college community will be seated in the Olmsted Room

6:00pm Initiation concludes; new initiates welcomed by existing members. Initiates, Members and Guests proceed to the Stone Room in the Hicks Student Center for a celebratory banquet.

Banquet Details

We welcome new initiates, existing members, and guests to a celebratory banquet in the Stone Room in Hicks Student Center (Click here for a campus map) immediately following the initiation.  To RSVP, please visit While there is no charge for the dinner for resident members and new initiates, there is a $25 cost for guests (i.e, parents, family members, friends of initiates).  Please include any guests in the RSVP count, and remit payment Brenda Westra in Olds-Upton 403 by noon Friday, June 7, 2019.


6:30 pm Banquet seating

6:15 pm Salad course served

6:30 pm Dinner served

7:30 pm Remarks by Invited Speaker

8:30 pm Banquet Concludes