The Irish of Phi Beta Kappa

By Kristen Kramer '02 and Ed Cohen

What do Father Hesburgh, former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, John Updike, Stephen Sondheim and former Buffalo Bills Coach Marv Levy all have in common?

They’re all members of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most distinguished academic honor society in the United States.

Notre Dame is one of 270 colleges and universities nationally that every spring induct the top 10 percent of their graduating seniors from specific fields into the society. Not every college qualifies to have a chapter, however. In fact Notre Dame wasn’t granted one until 1968.…

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