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First Year Students Honored at Salem State University

2021 Alpha Lambda Delta induction ceremony

The First Year Experience office at Salem State University recently announced the induction of 178 first year students into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, a national honor society for First-Year Students.  

Inducting its tenth class into Salem State chapter, the honor society recognizes the high academic achievement of first-year students during their first semester. These students were inducted into this prestigious society for having grade point averages that surpassed 3.5 and for being in the top 20% of their class. This year more than 20% of the first year class achieved above a 3.6 GPA which meant that only those students who achieved a 3.6 GPA were able to be inducted.

One hundred seventy-five first year students and three honorary inductees, along with their respective family and friends attended the 2020-2021 Alpha Lambda Delta Induction Ceremony which took place virtually over Zoom on April 16, 2021. At this ceremony, new Alpha Lambda Delta members were sworn into the society and awarded a membership pin and certificate. The Alpha Lambda Delta executive board spoke at the event about the impact that membership has had on their academic success. 

Professional staff from the First Year Experience Office, other members of the Salem State community, and the Executive Director of National Alpha Lambda Delta were also featured as speakers for the event. Due to the current circumstances with the pandemic, the ceremony featured a video message from Brian Baumgartner, best known as “Kevin” from "The Office," congratulating the new inductees. Salem State University Provost David Silva congratulated the first-year students on their honor stating,

“You are a part of that scholarly community and represent the top 20 percent of the incoming class of freshman and new transfer students. As many of you know, achieving this level of distinction is not easy, especially in the midst of a public health emergency – but you did it. You did it.”

Alpha Lambda Delta at Salem State University re-established itself in 2012 and has inducted over 1,000 members since then. These students are now a part of a society that encourages superior academic achievement, community service and playing a helpful role in society. With this mission in mind, the Salem State chapter continues to expand its service project opportunities and encourages the academic success of its members through their collegiate experience.

For more information and upcoming events, please visit our local chapter at or follow the chapter Facebook page “Alpha Lambda Delta at Salem State.”

Franklin Chilaka
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