Pinnacle was created in the minds of a half-dozen higher education faculty members and administrators during a series of meetings throughout the 1980s. The stories were the same from all over the country: even the best non-traditional students had a difficult time being accepted for membership in the "traditional" honorary societies represented on the nation's campuses. Eventually, the group settled on the idea of creating a special honorary society for adult/non-traditional students.
Frank Julian, the Vice President for Student Development at Murray State University in Kentucky, decided to step down from his long-held post and turn his attention to full-time teaching. Frank devoted a part of his interim sabbatical to getting the new organization off the ground. The year was 1989.
The students who have been inducted into membership in Pinnacle represent every slice of American non-traditional higher education. Working parents, single parents, retirees returning to higher education, mid-life adults starting second careers, disabled students, international students, even an occasional child prodigy. Each student selected for recognition through membership in Pinnacle will receive a lapel pin, a diploma seal, and a "suitable for framing" membership certificate. One inductee each year will also receive a scholarship.
UNC Charlotte Pinnacle Honor Society Membership Criteria
- Qualify as adult or non-traditional students under locally-derived and maintained definitions (over the age of 24),
- Have senior status (85+ credit hours and 15+ credit hours earned at UNC Charlotte),
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
- Have been involved in at least three (3) community and/or campus activities,
- Demonstrate leadership, persistence, and future promise, and
- Maintain the highest ethical standards.
Students are inducted by invitation only during the fall semester of each year. For more information, contact the the Office of Adult Students and Evening Services at 704‑687‑5104 or view the Pinnacle Honor Society national website.