Omicron Delta Kappa will continue to support our circles by providing the National Virtual Initiation Ceremony. While circles should still make every effort to plan and host their own virtual initiation ceremony, OΔK realizes that in some circumstances this is not possible. The National Headquarters will host one (1) virtual ceremony each month. To provide an experience as close to the actual ceremony, participation will be limited for each ceremony.
How the ceremony works:
This year, the National Virtual Initiation Ceremony operates as close to an in-person ceremony as possible only with multiple circles.
- Circle officers will need to register the circle in advance. Ceremonies will be limited in attendance.
- Once the circle is registered and the Membership Order Form is submitted, the individual initiates and circle officers will receive the invitation to the Zoom event. (NOTE: To attend a national ceremony, the membership order must be submitted no later than seven working days in advance of the registered ceremony.)
- During the ceremony, each circle will be called, and each initiate’s name will be read from that circle. This is why attendance will be limited.
- If initiates that cannot attend the national ceremony reserved by their circle, they will need to arrange with their circle for a “makeup” ceremony at a later date. The national ceremony is not to be used as a “make-up” ceremony
- The ceremonies will be live-streamed on the OΔK YouTube Channel so circle members, family, and friends can witness the ceremony.
Please note – individuals cannot register for the national ceremony and will not be invited to attend a ceremony unless the circle has registered. Circles will not be permitted to register for multiple ceremonies in fall. If a circle has a separate recruiting process in the spring, that circle may register for a spring ceremony.
National Virtual Ceremony Dates* for fall 2020 are:
- Monday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. (See video)
- Monday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. (Full)
- Monday, November 30, 8:30 p.m. (Full)
- Tuesday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. (Full)
Registration for the fall ceremonies is now open.
*All times Eastern
You may watch the recording of the ceremonies on the OΔK YouTube Channel (ODK HQ)
If you need assistance or have any questions about recruitment and initiation, contact the National Headquarters (877) 635-6437, (540) 458-5336, or [email protected]