Students receiving their awards during the Tapping on the Mound ceremony

UA Honors Week 2023 Features Tapping on the Mound

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama will celebrate the achievements of outstanding students and faculty during Honors Week, April 3-7, culminating in the Tapping on the Mound ceremony on Honors Day.

The Tapping on the Mound ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, on the historic Mound at the west side of the UA Quad.

The rain location will be the English Building.

“We are so excited to welcome students and families to the time-honored tradition of the Tapping on the Mound, which recognizes the amazing contributions of students for excellence in their academic studies and beyond,” said Dr. Rosalind Moore-Miller, assistant vice president of student engagement. “This ceremony, which guests will be able to participate in via livestream or in-person, allows us to show the very best of what our campus has to offer. We love this time of year and look forward to celebrating our future legends as they are supported in this culminating experience. This experience highlights our UA commitment to excellence in every way.”

The Tapping on the Mound ceremony has been a university 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% 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.

The Tapping on the Mound ceremony will be available via livestream on the UA Division of Student Life YouTube page.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,, 205-348-8325