FAMU’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society inducts new members
By Diasha Henley
Crowds roared and cheered with joy as they watched they family and friends become a member of FAMU’s chapter of Kappa Iota, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. The ceremony was opened by Makisha Cheeks, Co-Advisor, greeting all attendees and future members.
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society is a general scholarship Honor society open to junior and senior men and women in all academic areas. Kappa Iota Chapter Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:30pm in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Lecture Hall.
The society isn’t an easy one to enter. In order to be considered for the society you must be registered as full time student and is in good standing with the institution. Also, you must be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class, have a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 and has completed 50 percent of the requirements for graduation.
Exhibiting the potential for leadership and service and good character is a plus when entering the organization. What an academic accomplishment it is to meet all these outstanding requirements.
Atiya Cornell, Secretary-Treasurer, gave the occasion stating “We have come together to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of the scholars. What an honor it is to be joining this organization”
Jessica Appleton, Historian & Public Relations Chair, gave a brief history of the society. The society purpose “is to promote high scholarship; to encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service; to cultivate a high order of personal living; and to develop an appreciation for scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others” stated Appleton.
The keynote speaker was introduced by his colleague, Advisor, Veronica Yon.
Keynote speaker Darryl Scriven, Associate Professor of English and Advisor, gave genuine words of encouragement. He articulated that with hard work and dedication you will succeed. He said “Your intelligence is great but your character is very important.” He gave various personal stories of a failure that didn’t define who he is today. He says “You must surround yourself with positive people who give you wild positive thoughts that will push you to work harder.”
Scriven is a graduate of FAMU and a member of Kappa Iota Chapter Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.
Members were recognized by standing after their name, classification and major was announced. They were given a certificate, membership card, and key. All members of the wore a black cap and gown.
Members friends and family excited cheered as they received all their items. Attendee
Shayla Cooper says, “I attended to support my best friend Aiyanna Fleming who was being inducted into Kappa Alpha Mu. Overall the ceremony went very well. I truly enjoyed the guest speaker. The fellowship afterwards was good also. It’s always nice to meet new people”
Recent Akmuan Akilah Smith states, “I joined the society because it represents leadership and service. Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society will benefit me by networking with people in the society, and a connection after graduation.”
AKM’s motto is “Knowledge is Power.” Their colors are royal blue and white. All members will have the option to purchase honor cord upon graduating . Refreshments were given at the end of the ceremony. Families and friends joined together to take photos of the newest members of the society.
AKM is open to all Junior and Senior students, as well as those currently pursuing a graduate degree. For more information visit http://www.alphakappamu.org/.