What is Initiation?
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Many chapters that participated
in primary recruitment this fall are now approaching new member initiation.
Every National Panhellenic Conference organization has its own ritual, which
ties together members of that organization and is only known to those members. Since
ritual is a secret, you probably have questions about what happens during
Initiation is a ceremony marking
a change of status from new member to initiated member. It is a celebration by the
sorority to welcome new members fully to lifelong membership. The initiation
ritual is not hazing. It is a serious and meaningful event. For new members, it
is the time to promise to uphold the purpose of the organization for a lifetime.
For active members, initiation serves as a time to renew their promise to the
values of the organization.
A ritual reminds each
member of her responsibilities and inspires her to fulfill them. The
significance of an organization’s values is explained in its ritual, and all
members are expected to live their ritual by demonstrating its values each day
through their words and actions. Ritual also connects the past with the present
and the future as well as connecting members of the organization throughout the
There’s no need to fear initiation. Keeping the ceremony private makes
it more meaningful to those who experience it. It is something that is only
shared between members, which solidifies the bond of sisterhood.