Kappa Omicron Nu
Initiation Ritual

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Unit Administrator: The Unit Administrator may wish to welcome the prospective members and guests and describe the family and consumer sciences unit and majors. This is an opportunity to personalize the initiation and toe gear it toward aspects of the field that the chapter represents. The Unit Administrator should introduce the Adviser.
Adviser: Kappa Omicron Nu, a national honor society established February 21,1990 by the consolidation of Kappa Omicron Phi and Omicron Nu, is headquartered in East Lansing , Michigan . Omicron Nu was established in 1912, and Kappa Omicron Phi was established in 1922.
Kappa Omicron Nu gives voice to advocacy for scholarship, research, and leadership to a sizable scholarly community for critical dialogue, collaboration, and networking. Priority is given to innovative and enhanced services with commitment to enriching the intellectual environment through its local and national initiatives.
The Adviser should give a brief history of the local chapter, explain eligibility, describe the activities of the chapter, and introduce the President and Vice President and other officers who will conduct the ceremony.
The President should invite all candidates to come forward to stand in two semi-circles on either side of the initiation table. Two members could serve as ushers to guide the ceremonial procedures. Adaptations may be required for large groups. Make sure that the audience can see the initiation activities.
President: Today we celebrate scholarship and offer recognition to the new initiates of Kappa Omicron Nu.
Vice President: You have an outstanding academic record, and we welcome you because of your scholastic achievements and potential for continued scholarly work. We congratulate you for pursuing excellence.
President: We invite you to become a member of Kappa Omicron Nu and to receive a permanent and notable recognition of your scholarly efforts.
Vice President: Kappa Omicron Nu is a scholastic honor society which brings together people who focus on life with quality for the individual, the family, and society.
President: Scholarship, research, and leadership are ideals we share as members. We believe that these are the tools which build firm foundations. We acknowledge that with honor comes  responsibility to pursue scholarly and professional activities with the highest of ethical standards. WE CHALLENGE YOU TO ACCEPT THIS OBLIGATION. If you agree with these ideals, say, "I do."
Will all members please join the new initiates in repeating the pledge after me:
In accepting the responsibility / and honor of membership in Kappa Omicron Nu / I will continue to use my abilities / to pursue the ideals of the organization, / to give support and leadership to my profession, / and to make my contributions with dignity and integrity.
Vice President: We depend on our members to help accomplish the organization's mission, empowered leaders, which means encouraging intellectual development, fostering the spirit of inquiry, and promoting leadership development. Thus, your involvement and leadership is critically important to a strong and dynamic Kappa Omicron Nu.
Program (if desired): President asks new members to introduces speaker, and thanks speaker at conclusion.
President: Your initiation into Kappa Omicron Nu signals the potential of your contribution to furthering the. ideals of this organization and to improving society through your scholarship, research, and leadership. We challenge you to actualize your potential and to take your place among leaders of your field.
On behalf of the national organization and the chapter, congratulations to each of you;
welcome to Kappa Omicron Nu.
Vice President: And now pause we conclude this ceremony and invite you to join with us in our quest for excellence. We invite you also to sign the membership book as your first official act as a new member of Kappa Omicron Nu. Call persons individually to receive insignia, certificate, ribbon, and/or flower and to sign the membership book. Do not rush this part as it is the only place in the ceremony where each person is seen individually. Try to place the membership book so that each initiate may be seen clearly by the audience.
The president, unit administrator, adviser, and faculty representative of each department (or mayor) should be standing so that they can greet the new initiates after they have signed the membership book.