Delta Delta Delta was founded on Thanksgiving Eve 1888 in Boston by Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond; Sarah had said to her friend Eleanor “Let’s found a society that shall be kind alike to all and think more of the girl’s inner self and character than of her personal appearance.” Not only did they found a fraternity, but at the same time they wrote the rituals, constitution, and designed the emblem.
Sarah Ida Shaw, Boston, envisioned a women’s fraternity that would inspire the ideals of truth, self-sacrifice and friendship. Tri Delta’s Purpose keeps those goals alive with our members today.
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.
The colors of Tri Delta are silver, gold and cerulean blue. Green is also a significant color for it symbolizes the union of the three colors.
Coat of Arms
The coat of arms consists of a shield quartered, first and fourth quarters in blue on each of which is a silver trident, second and third gold on each of which is a green pine tree.
Above the shield, the crest, consisting of a torse with six folds alternating gold and blue, from which rises a white, gold and blue pansy.
Below the shield the open motto, “Let us steadfastly love one another,” is inscribed in Greek on a scroll.
Using the Greek alphabet the name Delta Delta Delta is depicted above. The Greek letter Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet and is commonly seen as an isosceles triangle.
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.