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Boston College. Gold Key Society


Historical Note

The Gold Key Society was founded in 1937 by the captains of the major athletic teams and leaders of student clubs to be a greeting committee for visiting athletic teams. The primary purpose of the Society was to develop and promote school spirit and student morals. Gold Key was an all-male honor society during the 1930s and 1940s, but became co-educational in 1971, and has since been opened to all students focused on service.

The motto of the Society is "Service and Sacrifice." Some of the Society’s major service events include: ushering sporting events, helping at blood drives, dedicating time to the Campus School and the Baptist Home (nursing home), ushering lectures, and orientation. The Society also hosts numerous social events.

A miniature Gold Key, the symbol of the Society, is awarded to Junior and Senior members upon their election by the Gold Key Senate. Two Honorary Gold Keys are awarded every year to members of the Boston College community who exemplify the Society’s motto of "Service and Sacrifice" in their professional commitment to the college. A Gold Key Award is also given out every year to a person outside the Boston College community who shows dedication to assisting all people.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Boston College student activities collection


A collection of materials produced by and for Boston College student clubs, societies, and other activities, including correspondence, reports, meeting agendas, planning documents, awards, newsletters, photographs, publicity, and artifacts.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. The audiocassettes and videocassettes are not available for playback due to format impermanence and have not been reformatted. Please let Burns Library Public Services know of your specific interest, if possible, reformatting will be scheduled.

Dates: 1868-2022