The experience of becoming a member of a Freemason’s Lodge is divided into three ceremonial stages that Freemasons call “degrees.”
The first degree conferred on a candidate is the Entered Apprentice degree. It is a candidate’s first experience with the ceremonies of the Fraternity and like all Masonic ceremonies is a solemn and meaningful event. Though new to Freemasonry, an Entered Apprentice soon becomes a Brother.
The Fellow Craft degree is the second ceremony and exposes a Brother to more of the symbolism and philosophy of the Fraternity.
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 treated with respect.
These ceremonies are always conferred in such a way as to bring pride to the candidate and the members of the Lodge.