RIC Welcomes 167 Freshmen Honor Students to The 3.50 Society
Nearly 170 Rhode Island College freshmen who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher in the fall semester have been inducted as charter members of The 3.50 Society, to recognize academic excellence.
Some of the students' parents drove from as far away as New Jersey and Washington, D.C., to attend the special ceremony Tuesday (March 5). Also present were academic deans, members of the President’s Council and other members of the RIC community.
The induction was led by RIC Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Pitt and assisted by Holly Shadoian, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs.
Spencer Hall, RIC professor of English, director of RIC’s Honors Program and faculty advisor of The 3.50 Society, explained that RIC's chapter is seeking to become a part of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), a national honor society for freshmen that honors high academic achievement in the first year of college. “Once The 3.50 Society is approved as a chapter, members will be invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD),” he said.
ALD has 260 chapters in the U.S. The 3.50 Society will be the first in Rhode Island. Becoming an official chapter will allow 3.50 Society members access to both undergraduate and graduate scholarships, among other opportunities.
The students’ rite of passage began with a recital of The 3.50 Society pledge, led by Pitt. He then called each student to the stage to receive a certificate, after which the students signed the ALD charter roll. This roll will be submitted to ALD as part of RIC’s membership petition.
Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, Hall reminded the inductees that in their “continued pursuit of academic excellence, not to forget to do things that are spontaneous and fun.”
In that regard, he invited the honorees to use kazoos to sound a humorous version of the traditional trumpet fanfare, saying: “let the sound of the kazoos be heard throughout the land.”
Pitt ended the brief ceremony by congratulating the students. "May you find in the years ahead the rewards of an educated person – imagination, adventure, humor, compassion and understanding. May you have tolerance in your dealings with all persons, generosity in giving to those in need and insight into the feelings of others. In relating to your education to the world in which you live, you can make a meaningful contribution to society.”
2013 Charter Members of the 3.50 Society
Cendy De La Rosa
Jeleny De Leon
Alyssa Del Toro
Cassidy Des Roches