(The candidates for membership should be seated in the front of the room in alphabetical order. Families and friends may be invited to attend.)
Unit Administrator: The Unit Administrator may wish to welcome the prospective members and guests and describe the unit and majors. This is an opportunity to personalize the initiation and to gear it toward the program that the chapter represents. The Unit Administrator should introduce the Adviser.
Adviser: Delta Tau, a national honor society, was established by the Camden Community College Dietetic Technology program and is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan. Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society sponsored the development of Delta Tau in 2003.
Delta Tau provides not only recognition and honor but also an opportunity for networking, personal growth, and professional growth through education and service. Membership identifies you throughout your life as one who has a distinguished academic record and potential as a professional.
Leader: (President or faculty member. The Leader should invite all candidates to come forward to stand on either side of the initiation table. Adaptations may be required for large groups. Make sure that the audience can see the initiation activities.) Today we celebrate scholarship and offer recognition to the new initiates of Delta Tau.
You have an outstanding academic record, and we welcome you because of your scholastic achievements and potential for continued scholarly work. We congratulate you for pursuing excellence.
We invite you to become a member of Delta Tau and to receive a permanent and notable recognition of your scholarly efforts.
Delta Tau is a scholastic honor society that brings together people who focus on life with quality for the individual, the family, and society.
Scholarship, research, and leadership are ideals we share as members. We believe that these are the tools that build firm foundations. We acknowledge that with honor comes responsibility to pursue scholarly and professional activities with the highest of ethical standards. WE CHALLENGE YOU TO ACCEPT THIS OBLIGATION. If you agree with these ideals, say, "I do."
Please join in repeating the pledge after me:
In accepting the responsibility *** and honor of membership in Delta Tau *** I will continue to use my abilities *** to pursue the ideals of the organization, *** to give support and leadership to my profession, *** and to make my contributions with dignity and integrity.
We depend on our members to help accomplish the organization's mission, empowered leaders, which means encouraging intellectual development, fostering the spirit of inquiry, and promoting leadership development. Thus, your involvement and leadership is critically important to a strong and dynamic Delta Tau.
Your initiation into Delta Tau signals the potential of your contribution to furthering the ideals of this organization and to improving society through your scholarship, research, and leadership. We challenge you to actualize your potential and to take your place among leaders of your field.
On behalf of the national organization and the ________________ chapter, congratulations to each of you; welcome to Delta Tau.
And now (pause) we conclude this ceremony and invite you to join with us in our quest for excellence. We invite you also to sign the membership book as your first official act as a new member of Delta Tau. (CalI persons individually to receive insignia, certificate, ribbon, and/or flower and to sign the membership book. Do not rush this part as it is the only place in the ceremony where each person is seen individually. Try to place the membership book so that each initiate may be seen clearly by the audience. After signing the membership book, new members should take their seats)
The adviser and unit administrator should be standing so that they can greet the new initiates after they have signed the membership book.
Program (if desired): Leader asks new members to be seated, introduces speaker, and thanks speaker at conclusion.