Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick, Sara Turner White
In 1897 at State Female Normal School in Farmville, Virginia, four women forever forged their friendship by creating the sisterhood we know today as Kappa Delta. Now, 125 years later, Kappa Delta has 168 collegiate chapters and over 200 active alumnae chapters filled with inspiring, confident women. When you join Kappa Delta, you join a network of friendship, leadership, confidence and action.
Kappa Delta’s Guiding Principles
Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women committed to: encouraging members to live with integrity and honor in the bonds of lifelong friendship; building confidence in members to excel in college and throughout their lives; inspiring members to be active leaders, responsible citizens and engaged members of the community; and providing opportunities and experiences that foster personal and professional growth for a lifetime.
Kappa Delta Sorority provides experiences that build confidence in women and inspire them to action through the power of lifelong friendship.
Our four values – friendship & loyalty, personal integrity, lifelong learning, and selfless service – were created by our founders to help each Kappa Delta woman become the best version of herself.
The purpose of Kappa Delta Sorority is to promote true friendship among the college girls of our country by inculcating into their hearts and lives those principles of truth, of honor, of duty, without which there can be no true friendship.
Ta Kala Diokomen
Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.
May we, Sisters in Kappa Delta, strive each day to seek more earnestly the honorable and
May we each day through love of those within our circle, learn to know and understand better those without our circle.
May the diamond shield that guards our love and us each day Truer, Wiser, More Faithful, More Loving, and More Noble.
Loyal and enduring friendship is the core of the Kappa Delta experience. United through sisterhood, we embrace the unique perspectives and lived experiences that make us stronger, wiser and more loving.
High ethical standards and integrity are fundamental to Kappa Delta. We foster an environment of personal accountability, care and understanding, while valuing respectful and supportive relationships.
Curiosity and continual learning are central to Kappa Delta. We are committed to offering each member opportunities to cultivate valuable life skills, build confidence and thrive throughout her lifetime.
Kappa Delta's sisterhood continues to expand – from our four original founders to now more than 290,000 sisters from chapters across the country.
Kappa Delta is proud to have 168 collegiate chapters located all across the country in 40 states.
With over 200 alumnae chapters, our Kappa Delta alumnae can continue their KD experience after college by joining a local chapter near them!
Kappa Delta’s Symbols
As the ancient symbol of grace, renewal, growth and expansion, our Nautilus Shell expresses the improvement and advancement of each sister.
A white Norman Shield surmounted by a lamp of ancient design, against a background of ornamental scroll, our crest holds many special symbols and meanings.
Following the creation of Kappa Delta in 1897, our founders chose the colors Olive Green and Pearl White as Kappa Delta’s official colors.