The Tapping on the Mound takes place with each graduating class as a form of induction into various honors societies. The tradition dates back to the early 1900s and includes literal tapping (on the shoulder or on the Mortar board) as a rite of passage. The Mound is on the site of Franklin Hall, a university dormitory destroyed during the Civil War. The area is fenced off from the rest of the quad and marked with an historical marker to denote its special place on the University of Alabama's campus.
The Mound is located on the site of Franklin Hall, a
university dormitory erected on the University of Alabama’s campus in 1835. The
Hall was designed by Captain William Nichols, according to the historical
marker placed on the site. On April 4, 1865, Federal troops raided the
University’s grounds, burning many of the buildings. The remains of Franklin
Hall were formed into The Mound, which was eventually grown over with grass and
became the sacred memorial it is today.
The tradition of the Tapping on the Mound began in the
early 1900s, with a possible initial ceremony taking place in 1915, according
to the 1915 Corolla. The
Mound has since been a place of honor, hosting the inductions of students to
countless societies throughout the decades including Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue
Key National Honor Society, Anderson Society, and Delta Kappa.
The ceremony is currently held every spring by the Coordinating Council for
Honors Societies on campus.
The site has been marked off from the rest of the Quad
at the heart of the University’s campus. It is surrounded by fencing, a
relatively new addition to the area which signifies the respect and honor
associated with The Mound. It is discouraged to step onto The Mound unless
participating in the Tapping ceremony, although on a Saturday in the fall, it
is not uncommon to find children tossing a football on this patch of grass free
from tailgate tents.
 Sullivan, Amy. Photograph, April 7, 2016.
 “University of Alabama 1915 Corolla.” The
University of Alabama, 1915. Hoole Special Collections.
 McClintock, Mackenzie. “UA to Host Tapping on
the Mound Ceremony.” The Crimson White, April 7, 2016.