Leading Florida Forward
Florida Blue Key (FBK) is the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida. Founded in 1923 from the best and brightest leaders at the University of Florida – Florida’s preeminent university – to host Dad’s Day, Florida Blue Key focuses on leadership and public service to the University of Florida and the Sunshine State through its active chapter and alumni societies throughout Florida. Florida Blue Key hosts and organizes the annual University of Florida Homecoming festivities including Gator Growl – the largest student run pep rally in the world – for over 90 years.
“It is often said the highest honor that can come to a Florida man is to be tapped or selected as a member of Florida Blue Key.” – T. Terrell Sessums
Florida Blue Key, founded in 1923, is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in the state of Florida. Originally founded to host Dad’s Day at the University of Florida, today FBK organizes and runs UF Homecoming and Gator Growl, as well as several other prominent campus events. Florida Blue Key, since its inception, has believed its mission is to lead and serve the University of Florida and the state of Florida.
The Most Prestigious
Florida Blue Key is the most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida. There are nearly 50 buildings and campus areas at the University of Florida named after Florida Blue Key members. Not only are our members among the most distinguished and influential students during their time on campus, but members go on to lead the state of Florida. Florida Blue Key has a long history of excellence and leadership in public service due to our outstanding membership and mission of serving our state and university.
Leadership on Campus
Members of Florida Blue Key are prominent leaders on the University of Florida campus and within the Gainesville community. Active members serve as student leaders in a variety of organizations from UF’s Homecoming and Gator Growl, Florida Cicerones, Black Student Union, various College Ambassadors and much much more. Where there is leadership on campus, members of Florida Blue Key can be found.
Public Service in Florida
Becoming a member of Florida Blue Key is an enormous honor and achievement. Students at the University of Florida strive to be tapped as a member of Florida Blue Key, because being tapped means being considered among the most distinguished and influential student leaders at the University of Florida. Business, civic, legal and political leaders from across the state, and even the country, also seek the title of “Florida Blue Key” for the same reason.
All the while, a new generation of Florida Blue Key men and women are rising to take the mantle of leadership and service. Florida Blue Key is leading Florida Forward into the 21st century and beyond. Join us in our mission to lead and serve the University of Florida and this great state into the future.