We, as members of Konosioni Senior Honor Society, seek to:
Preserve and promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Colgate’s honored heritage and celebrated traditions;
Serve as responsible and respected leaders of Colgate, whether on campus or off;
Inspire a connection to Colgate’s campus and the surrounding community by seeking to provide an interface between the community and students;
Promote the charitable and philanthropic efforts of area organizations as peer-selected stewards of the greater Colgate community.
In 1934, two secret societies, the Skull and Scroll and the Gorgon's Head, resolved to end their rivalry and joined together forming the Konosioni senior honor society. Colgate students chose the name “Konosioni,” which literally means “people of the long house,” to honor the living traditions of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy. The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy was created when the Oneida, Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, and Tuscarora nations joined together in a league of “peace and power” and resolved to stop fighting. Today, the Konosioni Senior Honor Society stands as a peer-selected group of 26 members, representing 13 from each original society, and recognizing outstanding leadership, dedicated service to the community and the preservation of tradition.