The University’s oldest honorary society opened its arms Friday night, welcoming a new class of distinguished and passionate campus leaders to its ranks.
The 101-year-old Order of the Golden Fleece tapped 30 new members.
Conitras Houston, the “Jason,” or leader, of this year’s active order, said order members looked for people who would perpetuate the group through selfless acts.
“Every year is competitive,” she said. “We want (new members) to have a voice that is inspired by themselves.”
The Golden Fleece was established in 1904 to bring together different branches of student life.
It held its first public induction ceremony last year to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The order, which counts 1,700 among its ranks, recognizes people who have contributed selflessly and tirelessly to the University community.
Members include highly respected contributors such as Frank Porter Graham and William Friday, both of whom have been named “Argonaut of the Half-Century” in the past.
“Argonaut” is the official name for all order members.
This year’s inductees included people from all walks of campus, including student government officials, University administrators and leaders of service organizations and campus publications.