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First Degree - Charity
Second Degree - Unity
Third Degree - Fraternity
Fourth Degree - Patriotism
Once a candidate completes the First Degree ceremony on the lesson of charity, he is considered a Knight of Columbus and can participate in all council activities. First Degree members are encouraged to attain the Second Degree which teach the lessons of Unity and then the Third Degree which teaches the lesson of Fraternity. Upon taking the Third Degree, a member receives full honors of Knighthood and is "Knighted".
Privileges of Third Degree membership include the ability to serve as a local council officer, and admission to State and Supreme Council business meetings. First and Second Degree members can attend the State and Supreme Council meetings, but they are not allowed in the business sessions.
The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship.
Local units, called assemblies, draw their members from Knights of Columbus councils. The qualifications for membership in the Fourth Degree are: membership in the Knights for at least one year and being a Third Degree Knight.
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