Seven hundred 2022-23 graduates invited to join Phi Beta Kappa

March 21, 2023

The Berkeley chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society has made its first round of invitations to Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 graduates to join the liberal arts and sciences honors society founded in 1776. Over 700 seniors, almost all from the College of Letters & Science, are receiving emails notifying them of selection and detailing how to join. 

If you are a Berkeley student and receive an invitation, please be sure to consider joining.

Fee waivers to cover the enrollment fee are available for those who face financial obstacles in accepting this honor. Waivers are supported by chapter funds and a generous grant from the College of Letters & Science.

New members will be invited to a reception with Chancellor Carol Christ in April and will be inducted in the annual ceremony on May 4. The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science and Professor of Sociology.

Phi Beta Kappa (the Greek initials of the phrase “Love of Learning is the Guide of Life”) celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and champions freedom of thought. The Berkeley chapter, Alpha of California, was the first in California (hence, Alpha) and will commemorate the 125th anniversary of its charter later this year.

Phi Beta Kappa is also inviting now a few dozen juniors with outstanding records, and another round of several hundred invitations to newly-eligible Spring 2023 graduates will take place in the summer.