The 91st annual Tap Day ceremony will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2 pm in Jesse Auditorium. A longstanding Mizzou tradition, Tap Day recognizes students, faculty, and staff members who are being inducted into one of the University of Missouri’s six secret honor societies. Inductees are “tapped” into QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board or Rollins Society for excellence in academics, leadership and service. Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate some of Mizzou’s finest tigers.
HISTORY OF TAP DAY
As Switzler Bell tolls, a large crows gathers to watch a group of robed and hooded individuals as they are led across the Quad. The silent procession ends at the columns, where names are read and hoods are removed. Friends and family cheer and applaud as the newly “tapped” members of Mizzou’s secret honoraries are finally unmasked. The Tap Day celebration has begun.
Each spring, as the semester draws to a close, the annual Tap Day ceremony reveals the honorees inducted into Mizzou’s six secret honor societies: QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Rollins Society. Once called “Senior Day,” the Tap Day ceremony has remained relatively unchanged since it was instituted by Dr. Albert K. Heckel, Dean of Men, in the early 20th century. The unveiling of each society’s new members begins with QEBH, the oldest recognized secret society at MU, founded in 1898 by Royall Hill Switzler. After QEBH, the members of Mystical Seven are revealed, followed by LSV, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the youngest MU Secret Society, established in 1994 by the Graduate and Professional Council, the Rollins Society. Those selected for membership by their peers have distinguished themselves through their sense of duty and service to the University and community. Although each honor society has its own history and traditions, they uphold similar ideals and principles of selflessness, responsibility, and service. To be “tapped” is considered one of MU’s highest honors, and those who have experienced Tap Day will never forget the anticipation, excitement, and overwhelming emotion as their identities are revealed in this special and unique celebration.
Visitor parking for Tap Day is available in Turner Avenue Garage.
The Tap Day ceremony will be captioned, allowing people who are deaf and hard of hearing to experience the ceremony more easily. Jesse Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. For Tap Day accessibility needs and questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.