WHAT IS ΑΓΣ?


Alpha Gamma Sigma is the California Community College Scholastic Honor Society. AGS is dedicated to promoting scholarship, character, and civic responsibility statewide in California’s community colleges. Membership in ΑΓΣ demonstrates you can balance philanthropy, leadership development, and academic excellence.

Founded in 1926, ΑΓΣ seeks to assist students in their goals by encouraging achievement and volunteering, in building social and professional networks, and by giving information and focus needed for success.

Α – Alpha is “Arête” meaning “Excellence”

Γ – Gamma is “Gnosis” meaning “Knowledge”

Σ – Sigma is “Sophrosyne” meaning “Wisdom”

Thus, our motto: “Add to good character, knowledge and judgment.”

Alpha Gamma Sigma is the sum of its members in the Chapters throughout the state. Pasadena City College has the distinction of the initial AGS chapter established – thus the Alpha chapter – under our first AGS advisor, Miss Kathleen D. Loly. By associating with AGS, you inherit an honor and reputation maintained over nearly a century. You in turn have the charge to uphold that distinction for next semester’s members coming into AGS.

  • By your membership, colleges see your interests beyond academics;
  • By your participation in fundraisers you grow AGS award amounts;
  • By your activity you qualify for scholarships;
  • By your involvement you learn and practice leadership;
  • By your volunteering you better the community.

The student members and faculty advisors are committed to promoting social activities for its membership and honoring excellence in scholarship.

AGS History


Forward: Three primary sources were used to compile this history. One was a small book by the “Daddy” of Alpha Gamma Sigma. Dr. William T. Boyce, entitled My Years in the Fullerton Junior College, 1915-1950. Another is a conference program of the “Second Annual Conference, California Junior College Honor Society, April 2, 1932.” The third is the 1941 edition of The Torchbearer of Alpha Gamma Sigma. Information discovered in these three publications has led to a few necessary changes in the “History of Alpha Gamma Sigma” as presented in earlier editions of the Handbook.

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