The Senior Skulls Honor Society

The Senior Skulls Honor Society

On December 14, 1906, eleven men, representing eight of the fraternities, met to form an organization whose purpose would be, “to recognize dedicated service to the University of Maine, to promote campus spirit, to keep an eye on the fraternities, and to discipline freshmen.”

Today, more than 100 years later, the Senior Skulls continue to be an integral part of the University of Maine, although the purpose and duties of the Skulls have changed to fit the times. For example, in 1911 the Senior Skulls created the Sophomore Owls, whose purpose became the discipline of freshmen.

In 1913, the President of the Skulls called a meeting of representatives from all campus fraternities to form a viable Interfraternity Council. At that time, approval of all student groups was at the discretion of the Senior Skulls.

The Senior Skull Society continued uninterrupted until the end of World War II, when it ceased to exist for 3 years. It was revived in the fall of 1947 and to this day, remains the highest all-inclusive honor society at the University of Maine.

Today’s Senior Skulls are pledged to uphold and promote the ideals of Friendship, Leadership, Obligation, Academics and Dignity, as well as the standards and traditions of the University, and work to encourage congenial relationships between students, faculty and alumni. In addition, Senior Skulls also serve as an important liaison between students and the administration. Their service to the student body extends well beyond the group itself; from giving away free refreshments to students waiting in line for various sporting events, to selection of Homecoming Royalty, to a dynamic new initiative, the University of Maine Traditions Project, designed to increase undergraduates’ awareness of our alma mater’s rich history and varied traditions.

The Senior Skulls were founded in 1906 not only to recognize the top leaders of the incoming senior class, but also to create a group that, through its actions and connections, supports one another and promotes the University of Maine. This was true back then and it remains true today.


May 2022