The experience of becoming a Freemason is divided into three ceremonial stages that Freemasons call “Degrees.”
First Degree – Entered Apprentice
The first degree conferred on a candidate is the Entered Apprentice degree. It is a candidate’s first experience of Freemasonry and like all Masonic ceremonies is a solemn and meaningful event. Though new to Freemasonry, an Entered Apprentice immediately becomes a Brother.
Second Degree – Fellow Craft
The Fellow Craft degree is the second ceremony and introduces a Brother to more of the symbolism and philosophy of the Fraternity.
Third Degree – Master Mason
The Master Mason degree is the last of the Lodge ceremonies and with it a candidate becomes a full member, enjoying both the rights and responsibilities of membership.
During all three ceremonies, a candidate is always treated with respect. At no time, is he ever made to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed or harassed in any way. Every Freemason has been through the same ceremony for at least 300 years.
Masonic ceremonies are a wonderful tradition passed on from generation to generation. These ceremonies are always conferred in such a way as to bring pride to the candidate and the members of the Lodge.