At a Glance

In 1873, Delta Gamma was founded by three women who shared the values of friendship, education, social responsibility and character. Today, these attributes guide Delta Gamma's work and inspire our members to "Do Good" throughout the world.

The Delta Gamma story is rich in heritage and detail, but here are some facts at a glance about our Fraternity:

Our Founders

Delta Gamma was founded by Anna Boyd Ellington, Eva Webb Dodd and Mary Comfort Leonard on December 25, 1873, in Oxford, Mississippi, at The Lewis School for Girls near the University of Mississippi. Founders Day is celebrated each year on or around March 15. To find a Founders Day celebration, please view this list of 2016 events occurring throughout North America.

Our Legacy:

Today Delta Gamma has more than 230,000 initiated members, with 150 collegiate chapters and more than 220 alumnae groups across the United States and Canada.

Our Leaders:

Delta Gamma women are known for their leadership traits. Our Fraternity is governed by an elected Fraternity Council, Foundation Board of Trustees and Fraternity Housing Corporation. We also are proud of our numerous notable alumnae.

Our Mission:

Delta Gamma offers women of all ages a rich heritage based on principles of personal integrity, personal responsibility and intellectual honesty. Its primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, and develop the finest qualities of character.

Our Purpose:

To foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility and develop the best qualities of character.

Our Motto:

"Do Good."

Our Symbol and Badge:

Originally, the badge was an "H" signifying hope. In 1877, the Delta Gamma badge was changed to the age-old symbol of hope, the anchor.

Our Colors:

Bronze, pink and blue

Our Mascot:

Hannah Doll

Our Crest:

The meaning of the crest is known only to initiated members of the Fraternity.

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