An important part of becoming a member of a specific group is the induction ceremony. Near the end of every school year, Saint Francis School holds an Induction Ceremony for all of the honor societies. Honor societies recognize high achieving students in their subject area.
This year the Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 1st. However, being inducted is not the first step to becoming a member of an honor society. Before induction occurs, a student must meet certain requirements, including:
- Are they taking that course*?
- Have they taken that class for the required amount of time in the subject area?
- Have they met the final class grade criteria to be considered ? (usually no lower than a B)
- Do they have at least the minimum required cumulative GPA? (usually no lower than 3.0)
- Are they enrolled for the following school year?
- Have they obtained the minimum number of community service hours for their grade?
If the student meets those criteria, they may be invited and given a formal letter. If the student accepts the invitation to join the honor society, they will be inducted on the day of the Induction Ceremony. The Induction Ceremony consists of an acknowledgement of the new inductees, the honor society oath recited aloud, a certificate of membership, and a rose or lei given to the inductee.
Immediately following the Induction Ceremony is the Honor Cord Ceremony. The Honor Cord Ceremony is only applicable to seniors. Seniors who are in a honor society/societies are given a cord from their honor society. The cord represents that they have been in the society for at least two years and have achieved excellence in that subject. The cord is placed around their neck, ends at their back, and is sewn into their gown for graduation.
Candle Rose Ceremony
Another annually celebrated ceremony and rite of passage is the Candle Rose Ceremony. In this ceremony, juniors present the seniors a rose, representing their love. The seniors present a lit candle to the juniors. This signifies that they are the light that guides us. Juniors must carry on that responsibility of leadership as a senior next year. At the end of the ceremony, each class sings a prepared song for the other. This year’s Candle Rose Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 19th.
As the year comes to a close, Saint Francis School says goodbye to the seniors of the class of 2015. Their achievements are honored with a rose thanking them for their impact on the lives of the students of Saint Francis School.
*There are numerous honor societies, almost one for each subject. To be considered for an honor society of a subject, a student must be taking that class. Saint Francis School offers a number of honor societies, including:
– ASL National Honor Society
– Chinese Honor Society
– Japanese Honor Society
– Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society)
– National Art Honor Society
– The National Honor Society
-The National Junior Honor Society
– National Technical Honor Society
– Tri-M Honor Society
-Tri-M Junior Honor Society
(For a full listing of all clubs and honor societies, check out the Saint Francis School website: stfrancis-oahu.org)