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Kappa Delta Sorority builds confidence and inspires action.

A national organization for women, Kappa Delta Sorority provides experiences that build confidence in women and inspire them to action through the power of lifelong friendship. With a focus on values, Kappa Delta offers women the confidence to excel academically, develop leadership skills, become responsible citizens and take action in the world.

Founded Oct. 23, 1897, at State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia, Kappa Delta now has 168 collegiate chapters and more than 200 active alumnae chapters across the country that allow members to stay involved throughout their lifetimes.

Our Vision
Kappa Delta Sorority provides experiences that build confidence in women and inspire them to action through the power of lifelong friendship.

Our Mission
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.

Colors: olive green and pearl white
Jewels: diamond, emerald, pearl
Symbols & Mascots: white rose, nautilus shell, dagger, teddy bear and katydid

267K

Members

169

Collegiate
Chapters

218

Alumnae
Chapters

The Kappa Delta Creed

May We, Sisters in Kappa Delta, strive each day to seek more earnestly the honorable and beautiful things. 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 find us each day Truer, Wiser, More Faithful, More Loving, and More Noble.

“Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.”

KAPPA DELTA OPEN MOTTO

Founded on friendship.

Kappa Delta was founded by four young women on Oct. 23, 1897, at State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. From the start, the purpose of the organization was 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.”

Through the power of friendship, our founders created an organization that would last well over a century and impact the lives of thousands upon thousands of women.

Scroll over the photos to learn more about the founders.

LENORA ASHMORE BLACKISTON

Lenora was unconventional. She was a dreamer and an idealist filled with enthusiasm for new ideas. Nicknamed "Nora," she was a writer and a poet, able to put her thoughts into action. She was the one who first suggested the idea of forming a sorority.

JULIA GARDINER TYLER WILSON

Julia was quiet and extremely intelligent. She came from a distinguished and respected family; her grandfather was John Tyler, former U.S. president, and her father was the president of the College of William and Mary. She was characterized as capable, dependable and possessing considerable artistic talent. She designed the Kappa Delta badge.

SARA TURNER WHITE

The daughter of a Virginia senator, Sara was gracious and friendly. She enjoyed social activities and was known as being a bit more straight-laced than most students. Sara remained steadfastly involved with Kappa Delta throughout her long life.

MARY SOMMERVILLE SPARKS HENDRICK

Mary was much loved and respected by all students at State Female Normal School. She was a Bible class leader and was known for her fine character and gentle understanding. Mary had concern for others, perhaps because, at 23, she was more mature than the younger students.

Our Values in Action

Kappa Deltas put their values into action by building confidence in others. From volunteering with Girl Scouts to raising funds to prevent child abuse, KD inspires action.

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