SOCIETY OF THE INNOCENTS
Innocents Society is the principal honorary of the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Founded on April 24, 1903 and uniquely in Nebraskan, the company has run the campus in all aspects and promoted the spirit of school for over 100 years.
In the spring, 13 new members will be chosen from the junior class to carry on the traditions and goals of the Innocents Society. Part of this mission is the continuation of the company itself. Membership is based on superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service to the university and the community.
Members of society wear dark sunglasses and dresses not to scare or intimidate, but to promote the group as a whole rather than our individual identities. The group works for the betterment of the university and does not seek recognition or praise for themselves.
The Society of the Innocents was named in honor of the 13 Innocent Popes. Historically, the innocent popes of Rome were the champions of evil. It is their purpose to fight in the same way, promoting all that is just and honorable among the students and with the university.
Thus, the badge of the Innocents became the head of Mephistopheles above the crossed tridents, symbolizing the negative influences to be overcome by the actions of the company. The number 13 on the badge represents the 13 members of the Innocents who work to preserve all that is good on campus
Applications are open for juniors to apply for the 117th class. Both freshmen and second year students can apply for scholarships. Applications must be submitted no later than 1:13 p.m. on January 29, 2021.
Mortar Board, the University of Nebraska’s only national senior honor society, is an association of college students selected for their distinguished abilities in scholarship, leadership and service. Mortar Board was founded on February 15, 1918 at Syracuse University and has since grown to include over 200 Fellow Chapters and 200,000 alumni.
The Order of the Black Mask was founded in 1905. While it is an honor to be selected for the Mortar Board, it is the continued commitment to service that sets the Mortar Board apart from other honorary societies.
Juniors and seniors can apply to become members of the Mortar Board; Freshmen, sophomores, and seniors are welcome to apply to become Mortar Board Notables.
Second year students can apply for the Drvol Family Innocents Society / Mortar Board scholarship.