What Are Honorary Initiates?
Honorary initiates have been around almost since our founding. An Honorary Initiate extends the privilege of membership in Tau Kappa Epsilon upon men of “sterling character and staunch uprightness” who are not enrolled as students at a campus where TKE has an active chapter or colony. Honorary Initiates enjoy all the rights afforded alumni members of the chapter into which they are initiated.
Honorary Initiation is an expression of appreciation for the outstanding service of men who are presently unaffiliated with our Fraternity. Formal inclusion of such men into the brotherhood of TKE often draws them into a closer relationship with the initiating chapter, and can lead to a lifetime of commitment to our principles and values.
Some chapters have invited the fathers of Fraters to be initiated as Honorary Initiates, thereby strengthening the Fraternity’s ties with that family. Many chapters have built strong bases of alumni influence and support by inviting outstanding men in their community to accept Honorary Initiates.
Many past Honorary Initiates have also rendered significant volunteer service to the International Fraternity, earning positions of responsibility and rising to the highest ranks of our Fraternity’s leadership.
Famous Honorary Initiates:
- Steve Forbes, Forbes Media Inc., 250,000th Member
- Roy Jones, Jr., Professional Boxer
- Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Mike Huckabee, 2008 Presidential Nominee, Fox News Host
- Many, many more