INITIATION AND RITUAL
Skull & Bones was founded at Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut in
1832. It is the oldest and most prestigious of Yale's seven secret societies.
Among the others are: Scroll & Key, Book & Snake, Wolf's Head, Eliahu, and
Berzelius. These fraternities serve as a recruiting ground for young men
destined for careers in government, law, finance and other influential
sectors of American life. Skull & Bones is the elite of the elite among these
secret societies. Only Scroll & Key can claim a near equal influence on
American affairs over the past 160 years.
Unlike the Greek fraternities on most other American university
campuses, Skull & Bones and its similar secret societies exist exclusively at
Yale. They are not part of any nationwide public association. The other elite
Ivy League colleges, Harvard and Princeton have similar e~clusive secret
societies. Yet, even among these few universities, the secret societies of
Yale-led by Skull & Bones-are unchallenged in their influence on American