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The 2020 Blue Key National Leadership Conference will be hosted at The University of Toledo January 17th – 19th 2020!

Blue Key Conference 2020 Schedule_Final

2020 welcome letter

Conference Registration & Information

For the 2020 conference, every Blue Key chapter is given 2 free conference registrations OR a $300 travel stipend. Please communicate with the National Office which your chapter would prefer. We encourage you to bring your advisor, president, and other important executive positions. Conference registration covers your hotel stay for both nights and all meals at the conference beginning with dinner on Friday through dinner on Saturday.

Recommended conference attire:

Friday – College sweatshirt or college apparel

Saturday – Blue Key apparel

Banquet – Business attire

Click the link below to register for the National Conference.

2019 Conference Registration Document

  1. Complete the BK Conference Registration and Lodging Form which is linked above.
  2. Email the completed form to
  3. Choose your preferred method of payment (either mailing a check to the National Office, PayPal buttons below, or Venmo (@BKnational).

If using PayPal, please provide the name of the college/university in the “Add special instructions to the seller” box during checkout.

Early Bird Registration
(Due by November 22):
$160.00 for each Attendee


$160 per attendee


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Late Registration
(After November 22):
$200.00 for each Attendee


$200 per attendee

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The University of Toledo only

$50 per attendee



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  • Each chapter is given 2 free conference registrations. Simply complete the registration form linked above and email to
  • The conference registration fee covers conference lodging, meals, breaks, activities, and speakers. Limit of 16 out-of-town chapter members.
  • If payment is by check, postmark by November 22nd for Early Bird Registration. Make check payable to Blue Key Honor Society mail check to Blue Key National Office, 101 College Drive, Station 61, Livingston, AL 35470
  • The goal is to have 4 students per room when practical to make efficient use of lodging space. Advisors are 2 per room.
  • No conference registration refunds will be available after November 22nd due to confirmation with lodging and food vendors. Even if weather prevents a Chapter from attending the conference no registration refunds will be available. The National Office encourages each Chapter to speak with their institution about purchasing travel insurance.
  • Chapters may make substitutions of individuals registered. Please be mindful of the fact that same-gender substitutions are easier to manage by the National Office for lodging purposes than different gender substitutions. Thank you for your courtesy.

Hotel Information

Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel
444 North Summit Street
Toledo, OH 43604


We recommend that conference participants drive if possible to the conference hotel. However, the recommended airport is the Detriot Metro Airport (DTW), which is just under an hour away from the campus.

The city of Toledo also has a small airport, Toledo Express Airport (TOL) and a Megabus stop.

Conference Schedule

The conference begins on Friday at 6 PM with dinner and a social. Chapters should make travel arrangements to arrive before 6 PM on Friday if possible.

Blue Key National Conference 2020 Schedule_Final

Conference Awards

Nominations for Blue Key Awards are due to the Awards Chair by December 1st. Send your nominations to

Visit the AWARDS page for more information.

What exactly happens at the conference?

The annual conference provides a unique opportunity to interact with campus leaders from institutions across the nation, and the chance to learn from and alongside future professionals from a wide variety of disciplines. With speakers, workshops, and projects devoted specifically to the Blue Key founding principles of Leadership, Scholarship, and Service, members who attend often leave with a deepened understanding of the role those values can play in their lives going forward.

Paramount to the success of our organization is the free and open exchange of ideas about student leadership, and the annual conference provides unparalleled access to the ideas, strategies, and methods utilized by schools undertaking similar projects on their own campuses. Additionally, the conference has a valuable social component to it, giving students an unstructured time of fellowship with one another, something often lacking in the busy lives and overfilled schedules of student leaders. The annual conference exists not only to strengthen bonds between different chapters but also to strengthen bonds within chapters, the ultimate goal being to create more organized, efficient chapters while bolstering members’ individual capabilities to serve as more effective, confident student leaders.

What are the benefits of attending the conference?

-sense of connection to a greater national organization.

-casual and professional networking between chapters and members.

-professional development and presentations by leaders in the field of leadership, scholarship, and service.

-opportunity to generate ideas for your chapter from other chapters.

-Participate (and potentially run for) the National Board of Directors for Blue Key Honor Society (both for Student and Advisor board positions available).

Danny Buckalew, Executive Director
Blue Key Honor Society
National Office
The University of West Alabama
101 College Drive, Station 61
Livingston, AL 35470

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