May 25, 2010

Alpha Phi celebrates seniors through a new senior ceremony

By: Lori Losee (Beta Rho-Washington State)

On April 10, seniors from Arizona State (Gamma Pi) were among the first Alpha Phi members to be welcomed into the alumnae world using the new senior ceremony. The event was celebrated by family, friends and members of the Phoenix alumnae chapter.

The new senior ceremony was a project taken on by the Collegiate Bridging Subcommittee of the Alumnae Strategy Team (AST) a few months ago. The purpose was to make the senior ceremony a more significant milestone culminating collegiate membership.

"The AST is currently looking at ways to bridge the gap between the collegiate and alumnae membership,” said Sara Mayer (Delta Chi-William Woods) , chair of the Collegiate Bridging Sub-Committee on the AST. “The senior ceremony is the final collegiate ceremony and the AST members believe it is the prime opportunity to incorporate alumnae and formally recognize the transition into alumnae membership. The former ceremony was not as meaningful and treasured as we had hoped. Therefore, the committee desired not only to re-write the ceremony but add some key transition pieces that we feel will help bridge the gap.

“The new ceremony mirrors initiation with vows, a pinning and a reflection piece but it is an open ceremony suitable for guests. We are pleased with the launch of the new senior ceremony and look forward to creating lasting memories for our graduating members.”

Along with the Gamma Pi chapter, members of the Shippensburg (Theta Xi) chapter were one of the first chapters to use the new senior ceremony.

“I liked that there was a ceremony that told the seniors what lies ahead for them in Alpha Phi,” said Misty Wilson (Theta Xi-Shippensburg), Chapter Advisor and AST Affinity Groups and Technology Subcommittee member. "But also that it asked them to promise to stay involved in Alpha Phi."

“Participating in the new senior ceremony was a great honor. As an alumna, I was able to, with other alumnae, welcome sisters into the world of alumnae membership. As an advisor, I was able to celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors. As a sister, I was able to share in a memorable Alpha Phi moment.”

For more information about the senior ceremony contact Paige Stallings.

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