Founded in 1924, Garnet & Gold Key is the oldest leadership honor society on the Florida State University campus. The society was formed to recognize the spirit of service, leadership, and loyalty. The society's annual activities include Torch Night, which recognizes the top 100 incoming freshmen; the conferral of The Ross Oglesby Award, given to one outstanding faculty member who has dedicated at least ten years of service to the University; and a biannual awards reception, which celebrates the most well rounded leaders from diverse areas of campus. Juniors and seniors are able to apply twice a year for membership. Membership is granted on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and a diversified leadership experience.
The mission of Garnet and Gold Key is to recognize members of the Florida State University for their outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership, service, spirit, and scholastics; and to promote those activities, which foster further progress in these areas.