...In the spring, 13 new members are chosen from the junior class to carry on the Innocents Society's traditions and goals. Part of this mission is the continuation of the society itself. Membership is based upon superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service to the university and community... -Mission of the Innocents Society
The Innocents Society was founded at the University of Nebraska on April 24, 1903 through the efforts of several notable alumni, including George Condra and Roscoe Pound. Thirteen juniors were chosen for the Chancellor’s Senior Honorary based on academic excellence, campus leadership, and selfless service. These first Innocents took charge of such activities as supervising pep rallies, selecting yell squad members, and organizing homecoming festivities. Their goal was to promote school spirit and to create an appreciation for the greater ideals for which Nebraska stands. These values still describe the Innocents Society today.
Each year 13 new members are selected based on superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service. Unlike most senior honoraries, the Innocents Society is uniquely Nebraskan, forming a link between the faculty and the student body while guarding significant University of Nebraska traditions. In addition, the Innocents Society prides itself in being an active organization. The juniors accepted into membership of the Innocents Society are expected to give significant time and energy to the organization.
Former members of the Innocents Society include former Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey, former United States Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter, former Governor Norbert Tiemann, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken, Nebraska State Attorney General Jon Bruning, current NFL player Kyle Vanden Bosch, Namesake of the E.N. Thompson Forum Elwood N. Thompson, University of Nebraska-Kearney Chancellor Douglas A. Kristensen, and former Mayor of Lincoln Don Wesely. Honorary Innocents include former Senator Chuck Hagel, Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Athletic Director and Former Congressman Tom Osborne, President Emeritus Martin Massengale, the late Athletic Director Bob Devaney, former Governor Charles Thone, former Governor Kay Orr, and former Congressman Doug Bereuter.
Throughout the past year, the Innocents Society has co-sponsored Masters Week, continued the Corn Bowl trophy exchange with the University of Iowa’s President’s Leadership Society during the Nebraska-Iowa football game, hosted the Blood Rivals Blood Drive, organized a service trip across the state of Nebraska called I-Van, participated in homecoming activities, and co-hosted numerous events with Chancellor Perlman. Currently, the Innocents Society is planning the annual Ivy Day celebration and other philanthropic and social events.
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Applications112th Class of the Innocents Society Application
Confidential Preference Form: for those also applying to Mortar Board and ODK.
Freshman Scholarship Application
Drvol Family Scholarship Appliction
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