The room lights are on. The President, carrying the
lighted candle, leads the other officers to their places at the table.
When all have arrived at their places, each places their candle at the top
of his or her script and sits down.
The President addresses the audience.
President: Welcome to the initiation ceremony of the
__(name)__ Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon, national chemical Engineering
Honor Society. My name is __(name)__ and I am president of the chapter. On
my far left is our secretary, __(name)__. On my immediate left is our
faculty advisor __(name)__. On my immediate right is our vice president,
__(name)__ and on my far right is our treasurer, __(name)__. This
afternoon/evening we will instruct a number of new initiates in the
purposes and objectives of Omega Chi Epsilon. These young men and women
have shown outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in chemical
engineering. We are very proud of these students, and we invite you to
share in recognizing their achievements.
The candles represent the five objectives of Omega Chi
Epsilon. The candle I hold represents Professionalism, a quality that
underlies all other objectives. The others are Recognition (light the
secretary's candle), Investigation (light the faculty advisor's candle),
Service (light the treasurer's candle) and Comradeship (light the vice
president's candle). These objectives will be explained further in our
I will now ask the Pledge Master to introduce the new
Pledge Master: (Pledge Master turns off room lights, opens
door for new initiates and leads them in.) Mr./Madam President, I present
to you _(number)_ students who seek membership in Omega Chi Epsilon.
President: Have they fulfilled all the necessary
requirements for membership?
Pledge Master: Yes, they have completed all the
requirements. Each has attained or exceeded the scholastic requirements as
stated in the Constitution. Each has good character and has supported the
ideals of the ____(name of the university)__. Finally, each has been
considered worthy, by vote of the members of __(name)__ Chapter, to become
a member of Omega Chi Epsilon.
President: Please announce their names and ask them to
Pledge Master: (Pledge Master reads the names of the
initiates. As each name is announced, the candidate enters the room and
stands in front of his/her chair. Allow enough time for each candidate to
reach his/her chair before announcing the next candidate.)
President: Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated.
(Initiates are seated.) Before admitting you into Omega Chi Epsilon, we
must instruct you about its history, its aims and ideals, and the
responsibilities incurred by your membership. The Vice President will
begin your instruction.
Vice-President: Omega Chi Epsilon exists for the purpose
of bringing together into a fraternal organization students in the same
profession. In later life, as we work together, these fraternal
relationships will form a common basis for cooperation. Omega Chi Epsilon
has five objectives, symbolized by the five candles on the table.
First, RECOGNITION. To recognize excellence in chemical
Second, INVESTIGATION. To promote original investigation
and innovation in the various area of chemical engineering.
Third, SERVICE. To provide service to the
Department/School of Chemical Engineering and the student body.
Fourth, COMRADESHIP. To promote comradeship among chemical
Fifth, PROFESSIONALISM. To encourage the development of
honesty, integrity and social responsibility, the hallmarks of
As incoming members of Omega Chi Epsilon you will be
called on to continue the work of the Chapter and the Society. Yours is
the responsibility for seeing that Omega Chi Epsilon remains a worthwhile
President: The Secretary will now instruct you about the
history of Omega Chi Epsilon and the __(name)__ Chapter.
Secretary: Omega Chi Epsilon had its inception at the
University of Illinois in the Spring of 1931. The idea for such an
organization originated with Mr. F. C. Howard. With the counsel of
Professors Keys and Krase, A. Garrell Deem, Ethan M. Stifle and John W.
Bertetti undertook to develop the idea. They drew up a set of By-Laws,
designed a key and petitioned the Council of Administration for a charter,
which was subsequently granted. This thus became the Alpha Chapter of
Omega Chi Epsilon.
The following year, a group of interested eligible
students at Iowa State College formed a chemical engineering honor
association and petitioned the chapter at the University of Illinois for a
charter. The charter was granted, and the Beta Chapter was formed. In
1934, the Gamma Chapter was established at the University of Minnesota.
While these three chapters later became inactive, Beta Chapter was
reactivated in 1966.
Fifteen years elapsed between the establishment of the
sixth chapter (Zeta, Purdue University, 1942) and the seventh chapter (Eta,
Newark College of Engineering, 1957). A period of very rapid growth
occurred in the 1970's. Between 1969 and 1981, 23 chapters received their
charters. Omega Chi Epsilon now has 61 active chapters and over 19,000
[At this point, the Secretary should read a brief history
of the chapter itself. Some of the questions answered could include: 1.
When was the idea for your chemical engineering honor society first
conceived? 2. Who (faculty and students) worked on obtaining the Omega Chi
Epsilon charter? 3. When was the charter granted? 4. What are the current
activities of the chapter? 5. How many members does the chapter have?]
President: The Treasurer will now explain the significance
of the various parts of our key.
Treasurer: (Walks to the replica of the key.) Our key is a
constant reminder of the objectives of Omega Chi Epsilon. The four arms of
the Maltese cross (point to them) represent the first four objectives:
RECOGNITION, INVESTIGATION, SERVICE and COMRADESHIP. These four are bound
intimately together by the fifth, PROFESSIONALISM, represented by the
circular maroon crest (point to it) in the shape of a globe, reminding us
of the world-wide scope of chemical engineering. The gold Greek letters,
Omega, Chi, Epsilon, are inscribed on a white band encircling the globe.
The crossed retorts, the integral sign, and the bolt of lightning
represent the three main tools of the chemical engineer--chemistry,
mathematics and physics. Thus, the key is a reminder of the objectives of
Omega Chi Epsilon and a symbol of our standards of scholarship.
Mr. Deem, one of the student founders, interpreted the
cross as showing a willingness to fight for independent professional
status for chemical engineering, as opposed to remaining a branch of
chemistry. The colors of Omega Chi Epsilon-maroon, white and black-are
used in the key. The letters--Omega Chi Epsilon-represent both a title and
a motto. They are the Greek equivalents of the initials of "Order of
Chemical Engineers". They are also the first letters of the motto
"Ode Chrototos Eggegramai" (O'-duh Kro-toe'-tus Egg-uh-grah'-my)
which means, "In this Society, professionalism is engraved in our
President: Our Faculty Advisor will conclude your
Faculty Advisor: You are being admitted to Omega Chi
Epsilon in recognition of your high scholastic average and your desirable
personal traits. If your efforts were to stop at this point, the goals you
have attained would be a hollow victory. Each member must continue to
strive for excellence, thereby bringing credit to himself or herself, as
well as to the chemical engineering profession. Be willing to assume
leadership, as it is your obligation to be a leader. Use your talents to
their fullest extent. Avoid, however, giving the impression of being
filled with false pride, for the knowledge that we have is a pitifully
small portion of all there is to know.
Lastly, while you are still in school you have an
opportunity to become acquainted with a great many people of your
profession, and to form friendships that otherwise you may never have had
the opportunity to have formed. Learn to know your colleagues in
__(name)__ Chapter, and form with them the type of friendship that will
endure the test of years.
President: Retain these words, as they should inspire you
to take a greater interest in your chosen profession, and to accept
responsibilities in civic and technical activities.
Will the initiates please rise and repeat after me:
"I, state your name, do solemnly promise/ to conduct
myself at all times/ in an honest and professional manner, / to uphold the
name and dignity of Omega Chi Epsilon, / and to serve my fellow engineers,
/ my community and my country."
On behalf of the members of Omega Chi Epsilon, I extend
our warmest congratulations to you!
(Officers, led by the president, leave the table and shake
hands with new members. The secret handshake can be used and membership
cards may be distributed at this time.)