The History of Tri Delta
... And other fun facts!

"Let us steadfastly love one another"

Delta Delta Delta was founded by Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcus Pond on November 27, 1888 at Boston University. Although it was not the first women's fraternity to be formed, its founders made sure Tri Delta was a first in many other distinguished accomplishments.

To name a few:

Tri Delta was the first women's fraternity to be founded as a national organization with complete plans for governmental structure and expansion.

Tri Delta was the first to publish a book-length history: A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1907.

Tri Delta was the first to establish a central office
(now called Executive Office).

Tri Delta was the first to plan and perfect an alumnae system.

Tri Delta was the first women's fraternity to hold a national Leadership Conference.

Our Purpose

Written in 1888 by Sarah Ida Shaw

THE PURPOSE OF DELTA DELTA DELTA shall be to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, to develop a stronger and more womanly character, to broaden the moral and intellectual life, and to assist its members in every possible way.

IT SHALL ALSO BE THE PURPOSE OF DELTA DELTA DELTA to promote and develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Fraternity and the colleges and universities where the Fraternity has established chapters, to develop qualities of unselfish leadership among its members, and to encourage them to assume, with integrity and devotion to moral and democratic principles, the highest responsibilities of college women.


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Delta Superstars

Katie Couric
1st Woman Nightly News Anchor for CBS

Leeza Gibbons
Hosts "Extra",  "Assignment E!", and "Entertainment Tonight"

Neil Armstrongs's Wife
He put Tri Delta's letters on the moon.

Molly Sims
Model and star on "Las Vegas"

Deborah Norville
Host, "Inside Edition"

Elizabeth Dole
Senator from North Carolina and former head of American Red Cross


The "Pearl" is the jewel of Tri Delta. It was chosen to symbolize the new member because it is the one jewel that grows, developing from a tiny grain of sand into a thing of great value and beauty.

The "Pine Tree" is a symbol of Tri Delta's collegiate members because it represents growth and lofty aspirations.

The "Pansy" is Tri Delta's flower. It is a symbol of alumnae membership and the third step in the lifetime development of Delta Delta Delta's members.

The "Dolphin" was considered a good omen by the ancient Greeks. It symbolized rebirth, friendship and leadership. In Tri Delta the dolphin is symbolic of clear skies and smooth sailing and has special significance for Fraternity leaders.

The patron Greek divinity of Tri Delta is "Poseidon", god of the sea and one of the three rulers of the universe.