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On April 1, South Florida State College inducted 50 students into its Tau Epsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society in an evening ceremony.
With families, fellow students, and college administrators looking on, the students recited in unison an oath of membership, joining the honor society that recognizes distinguished academic achievement by students in two-year academic programs.
Dr. Sidney Valentine, SFSC’s vice president for academic affairs and student services, served as the guest speaker. In his remarks, Dr. Valentine encouraged eh students to take stock of how far they had come in their still infant academic career.
“Don’t assume there is anything you can’t do,” said Dr. Valentine, who recounted that, when he was an undergraduate, he never imagined he would ascend to the number two post at a four-year college like SFSC.
“Think about the hurdles you have surmounted that brought here tonight,” Dr. Valentine told the students. “Then you will never sell yourself short when it comes to what you can accomplish.”
As the ceremony drew to close, the inductees stepped to a candlelit table upon which lay the honor society’s membership book.
One by one, they affixed their signatures in the book, recording their status as scholars of distinction at SFSC.
Then, with the auditorium lights dimmed, the scholars, one by one, lighted a candle signifying their fellowship in the society.
“By your membership in PTK,” Dr. Valentine told the students, “You’re destined to be the next big thing.”