The Tau Sigma National Honor Society inducted 39 students into the society in its first virtual ceremony March 24 on Zoom.
Tau Sigma has been on campus at Texas A&M University-San Antonio since 2019, and this is the first year that an induction ceremony took place online.
Typically, current members place the pins on inductees, but this year inductees had to do it themselves.
Tau Sigma is for transfer students who excelled during their first semester on campus with a GPA of a 3.5 or higher as a full-time student.
The ceremony started with speakers congratulating students and sharing words of wisdom.
Dr. Mari Fuentes-Martin, vice president for student success and engagement, explained that it is always good to have goals and keep the motivation to reach those goals.
“There are four G’s to success: goals, guts, ganas, and God,” Fuentes-Martin said.
Students were instructed to unmute and respond so that members knew they were present.
Many of the inductees had family cheering for them as their name was called.
“It was shocking,” communications junior Katelyn Kotchey said. “I didn’t even realize that I had hit the 3.5 GPA requirement.”
Kotchey said she liked that Tau Sigma focused on transfer students and said the members and coordinators were friendly and seemed more personally involved than other chapters she had experience with.
Juan Espinoza, transfer student engagement student coordinator, the host of the induction ceremony, said everyone inducted is a transfer student until they graduate.
“I am a resource to you all,” Espinoza said.