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Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad Induction Ceremony

 


 Induction Ceremony Guidelines

REGULAR MEMBER

Chapters are expected to have a special induction ceremony for new Regular Members. The new members must have completed at least one activity in each of the three categories of the SHA. (See pages 11-12 of this handbook.) Chapters may wish to schedule a special meeting or assembly for this purpose. The ceremony may be altered by adding sections of educational and/or entertainment value to the event, but the text of the ceremony itself may not be changed.

The participants will be seated in the front row of the audience. The chapter should have three large candles arranged in front of the audience, along with any other desired decorations.

The occasion should begin with a brief introduction in English, during which the leader (who may be the sponsor or president of the chapter), explains the nature of the ceremony. In order to avoid confusion, it is a good idea to have an English translation of the ceremony duplicated to give to any parents and guests that are in attendance

After the leader gives the welcome, the chapter might opt to include a special touch such as a song, a poem, or a reading in Spanish. As the names of the inductees are read, they step forward, forming a line just behind the three candles. When all new members are in place, each one steps forward and reads a part of the ceremony. Parts should be divided according to the number of new members being inducted. It is acceptable to adjust the script according to the number of new members by combining some parts, or having some members perform a task other than reading, such as lighting a candle.

Induction Ceremony - English (PDF)

Induction Ceremony - Spanish (PDF)


Induction Ceremony Guidelines

HONOR MEMBER

Chapters are expected to have a ceremony when members have fulfilled the requirements for Honor Membership. The text of this ceremony is provided here. Chapters are encouraged to have a special meeting or assembly, and to invite parents, students, and guests to view the ceremony.

The participants will be seated in the front row of the audience. The chapter should have three large candles arranged in front of the audience, along with any other desired decorations.

The occasion should begin with a brief introduction in English, during which the leader (who may be the sponsor or president of the chapter), explains the nature of the ceremony. In order to avoid confusion, it is a good idea to have an English translation of the ceremony duplicated to give any parents and guests that are in attendance.

Please note that the procedures for the recognition of Honors Members are identical to those for the induction of regular members, with the addition of one special section. This has been done in order to give chapters the most flexibility. Chapters may induct Regular Members and Honor Members together, in separate ceremonies, and/or at different times of the year. Additions to the ceremony, where members recite poems, sing songs, or perform readings, are encouraged. Such modifications add variety to the ceremonies and showcase the abilities of student members. Chapters may not, however, alter the text of the ceremony itself.

Induction Ceremony - English (PDF)

Induction Ceremony - Spanish (PDF)

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