Boston University’s Scarlet Key Honor Society

Boston University’s Scarlet Key Honor Society was founded in 1938 as an activities honor society, in which new members were voted in, or tapped, annually by existing ones. Learn more about the history of this prestigious community.

Today, BU faculty and staff nominate potential inductees annually in the spring for fall tapping, followed by a formal induction ceremony during Commencement Weekend in May. Scarlet Key classes have opportunities to network and get to know each other throughout their senior year.

If you are a Scarlet Key alumni and interested in getting involved, please contact Tracy Tow at

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