Every year, accomplished students, faculty, and staff members are inducted into one of the University of Missouri’s six secret honor societies on Tap Day. Each honor society has its own history and traditions, while upholding similar ideals and principles of selflessness, responsibility, and service. To be “tapped” is considered one of MU’s highest honors.
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. 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 (1907) are revealed, followed by LSV (1908), Mortar Board (1915), Omicron Delta Kappa (1933), 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. 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 on the third level and above of the Turner Avenue Garage, which is across the street from Jesse Hall. Purchase a digital Turner Avenue Garage daily parking pass for $5. There is also street and metered parking on campus and in the nearby downtown Columbia area. More information about MU Visitor Parking.
The Tap Day ceremony is captioned, allowing people who are Deaf or hard of hearing to experience the ceremony more easily. Jesse Auditorium is wheelchair-accessible from the south door on the basement level (the side of Jesse opposite the historic columns). The Mizzou Accessibility Map shows the accessible entrances in every building on campus. For Tap Day accessibility needs and questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view a live recording of the Tap Day ceremony, visit livestream.com/mizzou/.