TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In lieu of an in-person Honors Day Tapping on the Mound ceremony, The University of Alabama’s Office of Student Involvement, Coordinating Council for Honor Societies and Division of Student Life will host a live virtual ceremony April 10 at 1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on the UA Division of Student Life’s Facebook page.
“We’re saddened that we’re unable to recognize our recipients via the in-person traditional manner on the Mound that has been a staple of springtime at the Capstone for so long,” said Dr. Rosalind Moore-Miller, executive director of student engagement with UA’s Division of Student Life. “However, in a time when our nation and world are challenged, it’s more important than ever to highlight the hard work, determination and fortitude that have resulted in our students, faculty and staff receiving these top honors and accolades.”
The Tapping on the Mound ceremony has been a UA tradition since the early 1900s. University honor groups Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Blue Key National Honor Society and Anderson Society will induct members.
ODK’s membership includes students of junior standing or above who are in the top 35 percent of their class scholastically and who exhibit leadership. Mortar Board membership, one of the highest honors granted to college seniors, is based on leadership, scholarship and service.
Blue Key National Honor Society recognizes seniors who represent high scholastic ideals, leadership and diversity of background. The Anderson Society recognizes UA students who have made significant contributions to the University or the Tuscaloosa community.
In addition to the groups traditionally recognized during the Tapping on the Mound ceremony, UA will also honor recipients of the Outstanding Student Award for each academic level, and top student and faculty honors from the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Capstone Men and Women, Alumni Affairs and Other Club during the virtual ceremony.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.