Key and Mortar Board Tapping Ceremony, 1949
One of the eagerly anticipated VEISHEA events was the
Tapping Ceremony, which notified men and women of their election into either the
Cardinal Key Honor Society (a local society that began at Iowa State in 1926 to
honor senior and junior men) or the Mortar Board Honor Society (a national
society that honored senior women; the Iowa State chapter was founded in 1924).
Beginning in the 1920s, members of these honor societies went into the crowd
north of the Campanile on the Friday afternoon of VEISHEA and tapped candidates
on the back to let them know they had been chosen.
Key Tapping Ceremony, 1961
Iowa State University President, W.
Robert Parks, "tapped" into the Cardinal Key Honor Society,
Fairbanks taps Jan Polson
Mortar Board Tapping Ceremony, 1958
Board Tapping Ceremony, 1961