Pi Sigma Alpha Virtual Induction Ceremony Guide

Through the course of the pandemic, Pi Sigma Alpha chapters have been nimble in adding meaningful online induction events for their incoming members. These events are a celebration of achievement and despite the notion of being "Zoomed Out" there are many reasons why a chapter should add one of these events when an in person ceremony is not possible. There is no right or wrong way to host an online new member ceremony. The Ceremony and Rituals are adaptable and can be customized to fit your needs. If you’d like to talk it through with the National Office and let us help you determine what works best, please make reach out to Sean Twombly at office@pisigmaalpha.org

Your Induction Event Options

Option 1: Hosted by Your Chapter.  Host a live online event and be sure to record it for future viewing. Advisors and officers can narrate a PowerPoint presentation that includes key components of the ritual, including the pledge, and list each student’s name.  Lots of suggestions below. 

Option 2: National Induction Event. We are pleased to offer a series of online national induction ceremonies throughout spring 2021. Rather than plan your own, feel free to sign up for one of these and we will host and facilitate for you. Click here to view dates and to sign up your chapter up for a Spring 2021 ceremony. Please note, this form is not for students; it is for chapters. Special requests for additional dates can be directed to office@pisigmaalpha.org. 

Planning Is Your Key to a Successful Induction Event

Invite widely. In addition to incoming members, invite faculty, and perhaps former officers, or one or two alumni to say a few words. Make the event special by inviting a senior member of the university administration (president, provost, or dean). Have the president offer congratulations to the new members and the whole chapter on their success.  If the president can't attend, have them record a video of congratulations. 

Invitations. Develop an invitation graphic that can be delivered via email to your new members. Hi-resolution versions of the Pi Sigma Alpha logos are available to chapters upon request.  If you need help, the National Office can design a PDF or JPG invitation ceremony graphic for you. We would include your date, time, and online method instructions. This can be sent in an email as the invitation to the online ceremony and/or on your website and social media channels to invite members.

Script Everything. An event runs more smoothly with a script. This allows you to set a schedule for the event and provide an opportunity for each of your participants to understand what role others will play and what they will say. Find a role for student officers, faculty advisor and guests. Be specific in how long you want them to talk and what you would like they to key in on. 


Powerpoint Program. Think about developing a Powerpoint or Prezi to run during your event. It allows folks to follow along and provides you the chance to share some of the chapter's story - as well as the organization's history. You can list officer names, incoming member names, share what events the chapter has done, photos etc. It need not be complicated. The template here is designed to help be a starting point. Be creative. 

Centennial Ritual of Induction. Use the centennial ritual document to connect the event to the PI Sigma Alpha centennial.  Script out who will play what role in the process.

Customized Background. The National Office is happy to offer backgrounds for you and/or your officers to use during the online induction ceremony. Reach out to the national office help or advice.

Other thoughts/Ideas
- Invite the Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Director or Pi Sigma Alpha National President to join and say a few words about the the organization and its history.


- If you invite a keynote speaker, set a shorter time limit for them. The max would likely be 12-15 minutes. Leave time for questions!

- For your Powerpoint have all new members submit a photograph and a bit of text about themselves so each new members has a page.  Or, after you read all the names invite each new member to introduce themselves with a bit of detail about their course of study and career goals.

- For the induction, have the certificates, honor cords, medallions, pins etc with you (unless you are able to get them to students before the induction event). Hold up examples so students can see what they are going to receive (if they haven't already)

- As part of a special centennial initiative the national office has reached out to past presidents of each chapter to ask for a short video congratulating new members and offering a few words about what they are doing now. Check with the national office to see if they have any videos for you to use! 

- Be sure to take a photo! As everyone to smile and do a screen capture. Post to social media and save images in your history folder (Google Drive, etc)

- Weave in some fun or engaging elements.  Add a trivia contest or some giveaways. Something as simple as a Starbucks gift card. Ask the national office for a few items (coffee tumblers, pens and highlighters ,etc) and you can run a little Pi SIgma Alpha history quiz at the end (to see who was paying attention!). Or run a Quizlet or Kahoot game or some other fun trivia you can develop and offer some local prizes.

- Food is still possible. If you have the funds, you can have food delivered to each RSVPed student via UberEats or something like that. Even just a little treat.  Or you can make up gift bags with cookies or brownies from a local bakery and include a can of sparkling water and have the students pick this up from the department in advance of the event so they are all sharing in the same thing.

Pi Sigma Alpha
1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
e: office@pisigmaalpha.org

  • Facebook App Icon
  • LinkedIn App Icon
  • Twitter App Icon

GDPR Compliance- Pi Sigma Alpha is prepared for and declares its intention to remain compliant with implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union, in keeping with the Society’s commitment to transparency and good faith dealing with all of its members and associated constituents. Pi Sigma Alpha does not solicit, intentionally collect by any public or secret means, or retain any personally identifiable data of its website visitors as protected by GDPR. Data transmitted for establishing a connection to the website, such as IP address, is not collected, reviewed or maintained, and such information is governed by the policies of our website/internet provider, Wix.com,, which can be found here. Pi Sigma Alpha’s social media presence on certain third-party platforms may invite users to interact with the Society by posting replies or voluntarily disclosing information related to chapter activities, but such posts will be removed if and when the Society notices that any of them contain protected personal information of any individual. Privacy and GDPR policies of these social media platforms may be reviewed on the platforms themselves, and the policies of any sponsors or other entities accessible on the Pi Sigma Alpha website via a hyperlink “click-through” shall govern data privacy at their individual sites, once the user has left the Pi Sigma Alpha site. If any person believes at any time that Pi Sigma Alpha has any protected information that is subject to deletion under GDPR or other relevant privacy laws, they may contact Sean Twombly, Executive Director, at office@pisigmaalpha.org with their concerns.

© 2017 by Pi SIgma Alpha. Proudly created with Wix.com