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Rituals for Induction Ceremony


Share this 12-minute video during your next online or in-person induction ceremony! Contents include an introduction to Psi Chi (0:00), an informal ritual initiating new members and officers (2:48), the Platonic Myth (6:42), and membership benefits (9:13). You can also pause the video at 5:48 and 6:27 to read the names of your chapter's newest members and officers, respectively.

Induction Ceremony Rituals

Formal Rituals
A six-page ritual that describes the purpose of the Organization and officiates the acceptance of new members and officers to a chapter.

Informal Rituals
A condensed two-page version of the Formal Rituals.

Platonic Myth
This inspirational page encourages students to “attempt to come closer to a clear understanding of human thought and activity.”

Candlelight Ceremony
Full instructions and a script are included.

Ideas for Your Ceremony

E-mail or hand deliver this invitation to

  • New inductees and other student members
  • New inductees’ family and friends
  • Alumni members
  • Faculty and members of your college administration
  • First-year psychology students to encourage them to join Psi Chi when they are eligible
  • Anyone else you would like

Prepare special programming for your event such as

Serve refreshments.

Share your ceremony with others.

Tips for Hosting a Virtual Ceremony

Yes, your chapter may host its ceremony online—schools have been doing this for years! Use a free or affordable videoconference platform (e.g., Zoom) or one provided by your university that students will be familiar with. Here are other tips:

  • Include access instructions (e.g., a link) in any invitations that you send out.
  • Create a PowerPoint slideshow to share photos of new inductees, new officers, invited speakers, and/or recent chapter activities.
  • Practice your ceremony in advance with a few officers and/or invited speakers in order to work out any bugs or technology limitations.
  • At the beginning of the ceremony, encourage attendees to comment/chat if they have any questions or comments. For large ceremonies, you may wish to assign a specific officer to oversee all comments during the ceremony.
  • Consider recording the ceremony so that you can share it later on social media for any new inductees who couldn’t attend live.

Illustrating Chapter Values at Your Induction Ceremony

Vincent Prohaska, PhD

Lehman College, CUNY

“Every Psi Chi chapter should induct new members at least once a year. Although attending a formal induction ceremony is no longer required for membership, a chapter’s induction ceremony says a lot about the chapter’s structure and values.”

Read the full article.

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