Minneapolis—January 6, 2014— Nearly 2,500 students were the first inducted into the new Golden Key International Honour Society chapter at Walden University during an online chartering cermony via live webcast on Dec. 3. Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the society is by invitation only and applies to the top-performing undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements.

“We congratulate our Walden students on being recognized for their achievements through membership in this prestigious honor society. Golden Key’s mission of enabling its members to realize their potential through academics, leadership and service, aligns with Walden’s mission of providing students with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so they can effect positive social change in their communities and around the world,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden.

In addition to the new student members, Dr. Baum and Dr. Eric Riedel, chief academic officer at Walden, were also inducted as honorary members of the society at the event. Honorary members are chosen by student members, chapter officers and chapter advisors for their individual accomplishments on campus or in the community, as well as their demonstrated success and support of academics, leadership and service.

“Golden Key is thrilled to add Walden University as a new chapter of our society. An online institution, Walden has students who are located all around the world, and we are excited to add this diverse group to our network of members,” said Brad Rainey, Golden Key executive director. “We are proud to offer this high-achieving group outstanding benefits that will motivate and prepare them for even greater success in the future.”

As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity. Since it was established, Golden Key has recognized more than 12 million undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievements.

For more information about Walden University, go to www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

About Golden Key
Golden Key International Honour Society is a global collegiate honor society established to recognize college students for academic excellence. While membership in Golden Key begins with academic excellence, the society’s core mission is to enable members to realize their potential through three pillars: academics, leadership and service. The society, composed of more than 2 million members, has more than 400 campus-based chapters in eight countries: Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas and the United States. For more information about Golden Key, please visit www.goldenkey.org.

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