Mortar Board
Senior Class Honor Society

@ The Ohio State University
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Mission: Mortar Board, Inc. a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service, provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

Motto: Pi Sigma Alpha, letters that correspond to the three Greek words representing the ideals of Mortar Board: scholarship, leadership, and service.

Symbol: A mortarboard, an ancient symbol of honor and distinction, represents the organization. Many early scholars also adopted the clerical or monastic robes as a symbol, illustrating their devotion to the profession of learning.

Colors: Gold (representing achievement) and silver (symbolizing opportunity)

Pin: Shaped like a black mortarboard with the Greek letters representing the motto engraved in gold.


With its founding in 1914, The Ohio State University chapter preceded national Mortar Board by four years and helped to found the national organization. The national Mortar Board organization took its name from the Ohio State Chapter and adopted its pin as well as most elements of the initiation ceremony. In 2004, the Ohio State chapter officially adopted the name of The Mabel G. Freeman Chapter of Mortar Board, honoring one our organization's most distinguished alumni for her continuous service to Mortar Board and the university.

Over time, the chapter has undertaken a multitude of service activities dedicated to improving the quality of life on campus and in the community. In recent years, Mortar Board students have contributed their time and energy to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Columbus Children's Hospital, and to Reading is Leading, Mortar Board's national literacy initiative.

Through the years, hundreds of Ohio State seniors have upheld the ideals and traditions of Mortar Board and the organization has developed an undeniable presence on campus. In 1989, Ohio State Alumni contributed funds for the construction of Mortar Board Court, northwest of the Wexner Center for the Arts. 2009 saw the opening of the newly renovated Thompson Library, which includes the Mortar Board Centennial Suite, a room made possible through the donations of alumni members and that serves as a gathering place on campus for current chapter members.

The Mabel G. Freeman Chapter of Mortar Board serves as a way for scholar-leaders at The Ohio State University to demonstrate the noble aims and ideals of the organization as they dedicate themselves to continued intellectual growth and service to the community while developing friendships that will extend well beyond their collegiate careers.

  • 1914

    OSU Founding Date

    The Ohio State University, Cornell University, The University of Michigan, and Swarthmore College founded Mortar Board.

  • February 15th, 1918

    National Founding Date

    The Ohio State University, Cornell University, The University of Michigan, and Swarthmore College founded Mortar Board.

  • 1985

    National Project

    The collegiate members decided they wanted each chapter to engage in and actively promote a national project each year. Over several years, the national project promoted many issues, and today's permanent project is Reading is Leading.

  • 1989

    Mortar Board Court

    Ohio State Alumni contributed funds for the construction of Mortar Board Court, northwest of the Wexner Center for the Arts.

  • 2004

    Mabel G. Freeman Chapter

    The Ohio State chapter officially adopted the name of The Mabel G. Freeman Chapter of Mortar Board, honoring one our organization's most distinguished alumni for her continuous service to Mortar Board and the university.

  • 2009

    Mortar Board Centennial Suite

    2009 saw the opening of the newly renovated Thompson Library, which includes the Mortar Board Centennial Suite, a room made possible through the donations of alumni members and that serves as a gathering place on campus for current chapter members.

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