The Canterbury chapter of the Cum Laude Society held a ceremony for new inductees. Guest speaker Mary Encabo, Class of 2009, delivered a message reflecting on the value of a love of learning and a respect for differences. Canterbury's chapter of the Cum Laude Society was formed in 1992. It honors and recognizes Canterbury's value of scholarly excellence combined with character. Induction into the Cum Laude Society honors and encourages that extra devotion to learning that marks true scholars.
Students who were inducted include seniors Shafer Garrett, Madison Hoover, Haoliang Jiang, Meng Lai, Danial Mohammed, Claire Powell, Elise Wellman and Emily Westropp, and juniors Aubrey Aust, Emma Case, Saisri Gussenhoven, Rishubh Jain, Jiya Kashyap, Aarnav Lal, Keegan McArdle, Akash Meesa, Destiny Mishler and Sanjeeth Rajaram. Seniors Neha Agnihotri, Yiyang Chen, Deborah Choe, Robert Greene, Richard Lou, Jackson Steffy, George Sun, Ramya Tummala, Yinlou Wang and Jonathan Zhou, who were inducted last year as juniors, also participated in the ceremony.
According to the charter of the Cum Laude society, no more than one fifth of a class may be inducted into the society. The selection process mandates a review of grades. Juniors must stand in the top 10 percent of their class and seniors must stand in the top 20 percent of their class. The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 on the model of Phi Beta Kappa, with the purpose of honoring students for scholarship. During the society's existence, there has been no deviation from the original objective of recognition of superior scholarship.