Marymount Phi Kappa Phi recognized as Platinum Chapter for first time

Marymount Phi Kappa Phi recognized as Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter for first time


The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, has recognized Marymount University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization.

The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations and that demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Marymount’s chapter previously attained Gold Chapter status for the past two years.

“Our chapter is proud to earn the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s highest honor, the Circle of Excellence Platinum Recognition, for the first time,” said Dr. Sarah Fischer, chapter president and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Marymount. “This achievement is made possible by the incredible work of our students, officers and alumni.”

The Circle of Excellence Platinum honor is given to chapters which scored a perfect 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Platinum distinction, the Marymount chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the Society Bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program. Earlier this year, 2020 Marymount graduate Courtney Stephens was named a recipient of Phi Kappa Phi’s competitive Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellowship, awarded to students pursuing their first year of graduate or professional study. She is on track to earn a master’s degree in Anesthesia Science from South University.

Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Platinum distinction receive a commendation letter from the Society, special recognition on the Phi Kappa Phi website, a specially-designed logo and a cash award.

“Our chapters are the lifeblood of Phi Kappa Phi,” said Traci Navarre, acting Executive Director of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. “We’re proud to recognize and celebrate their success with a Circle of Excellence Award.”

Marymount joins 22 other chapters across the country in receiving the Platinum distinction this year. The Circle of Excellence program, which was introduced in 2018, recognized 74 chapters in total for its 2021-2022 awards. The honor society currently has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the U.S., its territories and the Philippines.

To learn more about the Circle of Excellence program, click here.