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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 benecial 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.

SYMBOLS: Pearl, Pansy, Pine, Poseidon, Dolphins, Trident 

COLORS: Silver, gold and cerulean blue. Green, also significant, symbolizes the union of the three colors. 

COAT OF ARMS: It is a quartered shield. The first and fourth quarters are blue, on which is a silver trident. The second and third quarters are gold, on each of which is a pine tree. Above the shield is the crest, which consists of a torse with six folds alternating gold and blue, from which rises a white, gold, and blue pansy. Below the shield is the motto written in Greek on a scroll.
HISTORY: Delta Delta Delta was founded by Sarah Ida Shaw, Eleanor Dorcas Pond, Florence Isabelle Stewart and Isabel Morgan Breed at Boston University in 1888. Shaw enlisted the help of Eleanor Dorcas Pond and told her "Let us found a society that shall be kind alike to all and think more of a girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance." 

The two young women began the work of creating a new national fraternity. Later Sarah wrote "...The two enthusiastic friends were unaware of the fact that there was something stupendous about the task they had set hands, heads and hearts to accomplish. They were working for a principle, and it never occurred to them that there could be such a thing as failure. Earnestness of purpose, energy and enthusiasm had brought them both success in college and why should not these same qualities bring assurance of good fortune to the new venture." 

Shaw and Pond wrote the rituals and constitution and designed the emblems. Choosing the name was a mutual decision. Pond suggested a triple letter while Shaw chose the actual letter and developed Greek mottos and passwords.


Alumnae chapters shall reaffirm the purpose of Delta Delta Delta and exemplify her high ideals. Alumnae chapters shall foster unselfish frienships among all members. Alumnae chapters shall provide opportunities for philanthropic service, personal enrichment, and professional development in an atmosphere of sisterhood. Alumnae chapters shall support the collegiate chapters, the Foundation, and work to strengthen the national Fraternity.