Sweet Briar chapter of Phi Beta Kappa inducts new class

Phi Beta Kappa students
From left: Shelby Benny, Bryanna Colvin, Cassandra Fenton, Ashton Mays, Jessie Meager and Claire Zak

Sweet Briar College on Friday afternoon inducted six students into the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa. The ceremony was held in the Browsing Room of Mary Helen Cochran Library.

This year’s inductees were seniors Shelby Benny, Bryanna Colvin, Cassandra Fenton, Ashton Mays, Jessie Meager and Claire Zak.

Sweet Briar is among less than 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society. It was founded by five students at the College of William & Mary in 1776 during the American Revolution. Since its inception, the society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression.

According to its website, “Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.”

For more information, visit www.pbk.org.

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