Marymount’s Phi Kappa Phi attains Circle of Excellence Gold Chapter status for second straight year

Marymount’s Phi Kappa Phi attains Circle of Excellence Gold Chapter status for second straight year


The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, recently recognized the Marymount University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Gold Chapter, the second-highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization. The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations and demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

This is the second consecutive year that Marymount’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter has received this recognition.

The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018. The program recognized 67 chapters this year, including 20 with the Gold distinction. Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the U.S. and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

“Phi Kappa Phi is proud to recognize these chapters with the Circle of Excellence award,” said Dr. Mary Todd, Society Executive Director. “Our chapters are the lifeblood of our Society and we are delighted to celebrate their success.”

The Circle of Excellence Gold honor is given to chapters which scored a 95-99 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Gold 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.

“This award signifies Marymount University’s commitment to academic excellence,” explained Dr. Sarah Fischer, Marymount’s Chapter President. “Despite challenges, our chapter and our students have continued to grow and have achieved many significant successes in 2020.”