Tap Day 2019

Congratulations to the newly revealed members of Mizzou’s secret societies!

Photos by Ryan Gavin

Students, faculty and staff were recognized at Mizzou’s 92nd Annual Tap Day on Friday, April 19. Hundreds gathered in Jesse Auditorium to see the new members of QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Rollins Society.

Many of the honorees revealed at the event have advocated for social justice causes, worked to make our community more equitable, and made our campus a more inclusive place for all.

Before the new members were unveiled, Randi Anderlik spoke in tribute to the Niúachi, Native Americans whose lands were a large part of the state of Missouri. She asked the attendees to acknowledge the truth of the impact of colonization in order to build mutual respect and form connections across heritages.

“It’s no surprise that a tradition this rich, this powerful, this deep, is being celebrated for the 92nd year. This is what truly makes this place special,” Vice Provost Jim Spain said. “I also recognize that we don’t get it right, but we celebrate in many, many ways the many, many people that are contributing to getting it right. This is why Tap Day is such a very, very special day for the University of Missouri.”

Members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia perform the National Anthem to start Tap Day.
Members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia perform the National Anthem to start Tap Day
Randi Anderlik of LSV honors indigenous people who lived in the area before QEBH announces new members.
Randi Anderlik of LSV honors indigenous people who lived in the area before QEBH announces new members.
Taylar Warren, who organized the 42nd Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government, is revealed by QEBH.
Taylar Warren, who organized the 42nd Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government, is revealed by QEBH.
Nosa Eke introduces new QEBH Taps at the 92nd Annual Tap Day.
Nosa Eke introduces new QEBH Taps at the 92nd Annual Tap Day.
Taylar Warren, who organized the 42nd Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government, is revealed by QEBH.
Taylar Warren, who organized the 42nd Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government, is revealed by QEBH.
QEBH tap covering her mouth in shock as tears well in her eyes.
Students react with shock, enthusiasm and even a few tears as they are revealed to a supportive crowd of hundreds in Jesse Auditorium.
Taps react with fraternity and sorority salutes as the crowd cheers them on at Tap Day.
Laughter and relief is a common feeling shared by new initiates on Tap Day.
Laughter and relief is a common feeling shared by new initiates on Tap Day.
Some Taps are surprised by reactions or members in the audience as they are revealed.
Some Taps are surprised by reactions or members in the audience as they are revealed.
Dr. Jeannette Porter is revealed as an Honor Tap by QEBH.
Dr. Jeannette Porter, strategic communications professor in the Missouri School of Journalism, is revealed as an Honor Tap by QEBH.
Mystical Seven President Jacob Congo Ruboneka calls for the university to support its staff and community.
Mystical Seven President Jacob Congo Ruboneka calls for the university to support its staff and community.
New members of Mystical Seven hold hands as they're announced to the crowd.
New members of Mystical Seven hold hands as they’re announced to the crowd.
New members of Mystical Seven hold hands as they're announced to the crowd.
Mystical Seven Taps celebrate as they’re revealed to the crowd in Jesse Auditorium.
Graduate student Jerome J. Young is revealed as an Honor Tap of Mystical Seven.
Graduate student Jerome J. Young is revealed as an Honor Tap of Mystical Seven.
LSV is dedicated to promoting and improving the status of women and recognizing the most outstanding upperclass women at the university, who strive to promote and improve the status of women.
LSV is dedicated to promoting and improving the status of women and recognizing the most outstanding upperclass women at the university, who strive to promote and improve the status of women.
LSV Taps hug as new Taps walk out onto the stage in Jesse.
LSV Taps hug as new Taps walk out onto the stage in Jesse.
New members of LSV celebrate being initiated.
New members of LSV celebrate being initiated.
Dr. April Langley, head of the Department of Black Studies, is announced as an honorary Tap of LSV.
Dr. April Langley, head of the Department of Black Studies, is announced as an honorary Tap of LSV.
Mortar Board initiate spreads his hands outward
Mortar Board members celebrate as they are announced during the 92nd Annual Tap Day.
A new Mortar Board initiate, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, raises her pinky as she's announced.
A new Mortar Board initiate, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, raises her pinky as she’s announced.
New members of Mortar Board uncover their faces and don mortarboards as they are revealed.
New members of Mortar Board uncover their faces and don mortarboards as they are revealed.
New members of Omicron Delta Kappa, wearing blue robes, are unveiled.
New members of Omicron Delta Kappa are announced on stage during Tap Day.
Rollins Society president Tiffanesha Williams remembers Jordan Hoyt, who died in a car accident during the previous year.
Rollins Society president Tiffanesha Williams remembers Jordan Hoyt, who died in a car accident during the previous year.
New Rollins Society members Maria Butauski and Jason Entsminger stand beside current members on Tap Day.
New Rollins Society members Maria Butauski and Jason Entsminger stand beside current members on Tap Day.
New Rollins Society member crosses his arms as he is announced.
Rollins Society recognizes the accomplishments of graduate and professional students at MU.
Laura Page, right, is revealed as new member of Rollins Society as Tracy Wilson-Kleekamp applauds
Laura Page, right, is revealed as new member of Rollins Society as Tracy Wilson-Kleekamp applauds.
Outgoing MSA President Julia Wopata at the lectern as Tap Day closes
Outgoing MSA President Julia Wopata at the lectern as Tap Day closes.
Group photo of new Mystical Seven Members on the Quad
The new initiates of Mystical Seven take a group photo.
Group photo of new Mystical Seven Members on the Quad
Mystical Seven members pose for photos by forming 7s with their hands.
Group photo of all Mystical Seven members in front of the Columns on the Quad
Mystical Seven members take a group photo on the Francis Quadrangle.
Group photo of new LSV members in pink and purple robes
New members of LSV gather for a group photo by their tree on the Quad.
Full group photo with new and current members of LSV in pink and purple robes
Current members of LSV gather for a group photo by their tree on the Quad.