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About the NHS Induction Ceremony

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is thrilled to host two international induction ceremonies for all National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) schools in 2021 to coincide with the NHS Centennial celebration. NHS and NJHS schools, students, and their families are welcome to attend the live broadcast, which will offer traditional marks of an induction ceremony including the pledge, presentation of the pillars, and guest speakers.

As part of the virtual induction ceremony, chapter advisers will be invited to register their chapter for the event. Advisers can include any candidates who have been selected for induction or who have already been inducted between July 1, 2020, and April 15, 2021.

I’m Registered, Now What?

Once you have registered, use the below links to invite your inductees and their family and friends, as well as give your students tools to share their excitement about being inducted into the National Honor Society.

Invite your NHS inductees using this quick and easy form:

Invite your students

Share these e-cards with your students, so they can easily invite their family and friends:

Invite family and friends

Within this Social Media Toolkit, you will find graphics, sample posts, and recommended newsletter content, so you and your students can share your excitement about the induction ceremony!

Social Media Toolkit

Meet Our Keynote Speaker


Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning Artist, Actor, Author, and Activist

Common is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy-winning artist, actor, author, and activist. He continues to break down barriers through a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success in all aspects of his career. Common’s latest album “A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Part 1” was released in October 2020. A recent track off the album, “A Place In This World,” was used as part of Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” initiative encouraging Americans to get out and vote in the 2020 election. In 2019, Common released the hit album, “Let Love,” inspired by his experiences while writing his second memoir and immediate New York Times bestseller, Let Love Have the Last Word. This book follows his first New York Times bestselling memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, published in 2011. Common starred in the Oscar nominated film “Selma,” centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. He won the Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Glory” with John Legend.

Common is deeply engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting. Following his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common established the nonprofit Imagine Justice in 2018. Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, fight for justice and equality, and stand united against injustice wherever it appears. Through his Common Ground Foundation, Common is dedicated to empowering high school students from underserved communities to become future leaders. The foundation operates educational programs in Chicago that focus on character development, healthy living, financial literacy, social impact, technology, and leadership.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the induction ceremony?

A: Membership in NHS (grades 10–12) and NJHS (grades 6–9) is by invitation only, and selection for the prestigious societies are administered by local school chapters and their school leadership. All members, once selected, must be formally inducted into NHS and NJHS through a public declaration or ceremony. The first-ever International Induction Ceremony will induct and celebrate all new members to NHS and NJHS en masse in a special virtual ceremony broadcast around the world.

Students who are inducted into NHS or NJHS are invited (through their chapter adviser) to gather for this virtual event, which will highlight and offer traditional marks of an induction ceremony including the member pledge, presentation of the pillars, candle lighting, and guest keynote speaker. A celebrity guest speaker (TBD) and national education leaders including the CEO of NASSP will be featured in the program. The program will also feature alumni NHS Scholarship winners and the NHS and NJHS Rynearson Adviser of the Year winners.

Each year, there are an estimated 1.1 million NHS students and 200,000 NJHS students in chapters across the United States and around the world. Honor Society students come together in their communities to lead an estimated 20 million hours of community service and fundraise $13 million for charities and social good each year.

The ceremony viewing will be made available to each school inducting at least one student in the virtual ceremony, their school leadership, and all the students’ families.

Q: How does a school or student sign up for the induction ceremony?

A: Chapter advisers will be invited via email to register online for their chapter to participate in the International Induction Ceremony. During the registration process, advisers will be asked to account for the number of students who are or have been inducted into their chapter this academic year. Advisers can include in the count any students who are eligible for induction or who have already been inducted between July 1, 2020, and April 15, 2021.

Individual students cannot register for the International Induction Ceremony. Registration must happen through the adviser(s) on record at an active NHS/NJHS chapter.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of students who can attend or be inducted by school?

A: There is no limit to the number of students who an adviser intends to induct or have attend the ceremony. When registering, an accurate estimate of inducted students who will be invited to the ceremony is important so that the ceremony broadcast team can plan accordingly for viewership. There is no need to notify us if your estimate changes.

Q: How much does it cost to attend the ceremony?

A: There is no charge for the chapter to register for the ceremony.

Q: How will I receive my “ticket” for the ceremony? How do students get access to the ceremony?

A: All communication regarding the International Induction Ceremony will go through the adviser(s) on record for the chapter. Once registered, advisers will receive follow-up instructions, guidance, and tools to plan for the International Induction Ceremony.

Advisers will receive the specific link to access and attend the live International Induction Ceremony to share with students and their families. Advisers are responsible for getting this information to the students directly.

Q: Who is eligible for induction in this International Induction Ceremony? Which students should an adviser register?

A: Any student who has been selected for membership by their chapter’s NHS/NJHS faculty council and are eligible for induction, or who have already been inducted in this 2020–21 academic year.

Students who were previously inducted in the 2020–21 academic year can still participate in the virtual ceremony and be included in the special international induction program.

Participation by a local chapter and local student members is optional.

The International Induction Ceremony can serve as a local chapter’s public declaration of new members. Each registered chapter will be included in the online program, which can serve as a documentation of induction. An optional e-certificate will also be provided to chapter advisers registering their chapter/students to provide to students post-ceremony. Each local chapter may publish their own induction ceremony program including individual names of students honored in conjunction with the International Induction Ceremony program.

Q: What about local chapter induction ceremonies?

A: Local chapters and schools are still encouraged and welcome to hold their own induction ceremonies at their schools and in their communities. The virtual ceremony is an optional program feature and can complement a school’s local celebration of new student members of NHS or NJHS this year. For those students who were officially inducted in the earlier part of the academic year, they can be acknowledged in an international setting and take part in the program.

Q: What is the registration process?

A: Advisers will be required to register their students for the International Induction Ceremony.

Registration is limited to affiliate chapters of NHS/NJHS. The point of contact for registration must be the adviser(s) on record for the NHS/NJHS chapter.

Advisers may want to use the virtual induction as their local public declaration (required by NHS/NJHS Constitution and policy). However, NASSP Student Leadership recommends that advisers not intentionally leave too long a gap between final selection and induction.

Q: When is the deadline for registration?

A: April 28 at 12:00 a.m. (ET)

While registration doesn’t officially close until the day of the event, advisers are strongly encouraged to register immediately with their best estimate of how many students will attend and be invited from their chapter. Upon registration, important information including the ceremony link and student invitations will be provided. Ensure that you have plenty of time to share this information by registering as soon as possible.

Q: Is there a separate ceremony for NJHS?

A: Yes, the National Junior Honor Society International Induction Ceremony will take place on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). To learn more, visit njhs.us/inductionceremony.

Q: We can’t attend the live broadcast. How can we view the event?

A: We fully understand that time zone differences will make it difficult for some international chapters to view the ceremonies live. They will be recorded and made available to registered attendees following the live events.

Please make sure that if you’re interested in having access to view the ceremony immediately after the broadcast, you register your school when registration opens. Only registered advisers will receive the broadcast link and information.

Q: How long is the ceremony?

A: The ceremony will be 60–75 minutes in length.

Q: How should I publicize my chapter’s inductees and/or those who are participating?

A: Each chapter should declare their inductees by name in a mode that is suitable for the school. This can occur via newsletter, email, website, letter, etc. Many schools are also continuing to host their own local chapter ceremonies!

The NJHS International Induction Ceremony can be referenced as the public ceremony where inductees, members, and the school community recited the pledge and celebrated. Each chapter still carries the responsibility of declaring and documenting their inductees. The NJHS International Induction Ceremony is the special show and event the national office is putting on for all of our school members.

Q: Will any of us attending be on camera? What meeting platform is being used for the ceremony? Is it secure?

A: No attendees of the ceremony will be on camera. This online event will feature speakers and will be streamed live on the dates and at the times posted. There is no meeting platform for the event as the ceremony will be broadcasted on a secure video streaming site. There is no login required for the broadcast site.

The ceremony’s program will be posted highlighting the speakers and program elements in the days before the event.

Q: What is the program?

A: There will be several speakers including a celebrity keynote as well as an invitation for all inductees/members to recite a pledge accepting/affirming their membership to the National Honor Societies. There will be special video footage included.