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Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa Seal

The Pi Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Hagerstown Community College is an international honor society that has two primary goals:

  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students
  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming

The Pi Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is the only organization on campus that represents Hagerstown Community College at the international level. Pi Theta is a 5-star chapter that consistently achieves the high demands that distinguish our chapter from others regionally and internationally. In 2013 the Pi Theta chapter received the distinguished officer team award, and in 2014 Pi Theta earned two international hallmark awards and was ranked a Top 100 chapter.

Phi Theta Kappa encompasses four hallmarks:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Fellowship

The Pi Theta chapter honors these hallmarks by planning with members, initiating advocacy and participating in events such as:

  • Researching and reporting on scholarships in time for members to apply
  • Fundraising for Relay for Life
  • Fall and Spring Adopt-a-Highway cleanup
  • Hosting the annual Green Briar summer picnic with other chapters
  • Fundraising with a holiday gift wrapping event
  • Fellowship with an end of Fall holiday party
  • Advocating student commitment to complete by signing the 'Commit to Complete' banner
  • Leadership development with Competitive Edge meet-ups
  • Finding leaders and advocates in the community to speak at Pi Theta meetings and events

Phi Theta Kappa members do not have any service commitments or additional work expectations. At its most basic level, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognizes academic achievement by wearing the gold regalia and pin at graduation and providing transfer scholarship opportunities. Many other opportunities are available for members who want to be active and the PTK officer team is happy to answer questions about simple ways students can be more involved and informed about chapter and society events.



  • Students must have accumulated 12 college level credits
  • Students must obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50
  • Membership is by invitation

Eligible students will receive invitations a few weeks after a new semester begins. After joining, the cumulative GPA required to maintain membership is 3.25. Because of this, students are strongly encouraged to accept immediately after receiving an invitation.

Meeting Times

Member meetings for the spring 2017 semester are held the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in STEM, Room 508.

  • All members are invited to attend and bring up business or concerns
  • All interested students are invited to attend and ask questions and network

Graduation & Benefits

Phi Theta Kappa members receive special recognition at graduation:

  • Members are recognized at graduation by wearing blue and gold honor cords, gold tassels on mortar boards and gold stoles
  • These items can be purchased from the Pi Theta chapter (sold during the Spring semester) or can be purchased online at

Four-year universities are interested in Phi Theta Kappa members, and many universities reward membership with transfer scholarships and merit-based aid.

Officers & Involvement

Officers of the Pi Theta Chapter:

  • Take on the officer medallion and receive recognition and prestige
  • Initiate fun and meaningful events to serve chapter members
  • Make friends around the world by networking with other Phi Theta Kappans at conferences

Ask the officer team or get in touch with a PTK advisor to find out how to become an active part of the chapter. Get credit and have fun while doing it.

Region & International

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society with over 1300 chapters worldwide. The Pi Theta chapter belongs to the Middle States Region consisting of Maryland, DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The Middle State Region belongs to Division I internationally, which consists of all regions up and down the east coast of the Unites States. For the Middle States Region, there is a president for each state, and a regional Middle States president. Currently Pi Theta members hold two regional positions: Michael Ecton is the Maryland State president, and Samantha Baldwin is the Middle States president. The Pi Theta chapter consistently has members campaigning for and holding leadership positions at the regional level. Regional conferences are held in March and state Honors in Action mini-conferences occur in the Fall.

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