Pictured left to right, inductees Dalton Hartwick, Grace Rosenbaum, Sneha Ravichandran, Professor Barbara Vance, Sydney Hargis, Rachel Kern, and Katherine Zubler

The oldest academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the U.S., Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. There are currently 404 chapters of Pi Delta Phi in the United States and two representative chapters at the American Universities in Paris and Aix-en-Provence in France. The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

As part of the ceremony in the University Club, blue, white, and red candles were lit, symbolizing the three colors of the French flag and the motto Liberté, Egalité. Fraternité. Then only the white candle remained glowing as new and old inductees promised to do all in their power to spread the culture of France and of the francophone world. After the formal ceremony, conversation and mingling ensued with a reception of pastries and coffee. Vive la culture francophone!