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:
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 events occurring throughout North America.
Today Delta Gamma has more than 250,000 initiated members, with 153 collegiate chapters and more than 200 alumnae groups across the United States and Canada.
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.
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.
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.
Bronze, pink and blue
The meaning of the crest is known only to initiated members of the Fraternity.