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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi comes from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity."

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. We celebrate excellence in academics and integrity of character. Phi Kappa Phi exists because those who founded it believed, as we believe still, that there are achievements worthy of celebration: academic work of extraordinary quality, exemplary leadership, and research that advances human knowledge.  Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines - a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.

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Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." In keeping with this mission, Armstrong’s chapter is the only honor society on campus that encompasses all majors and disciplines while celebrating the proven and dedicated scholarship of upperclassmen and graduate students.