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About Kappa Delta Phi National Fraternity


Nahum Leonard - Founding FatherKappa Delta Phi, founded in 1900 at Bridgewater State College by Nahum Leonard has moved forward to encompass 30 other campuses. Since the founding of Kappa Delta Phi, it has sought to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and to seek truths in our professions. We have fulfilled that goal with great success. Our Brothers are leaders in their professions and are located throughout the world. Our active brothers have been admitted into a large family with old traditions and our alumnus have been weathered by wars and the hardships of the world to offer all brothers a better view of the world in which we live. Once a Kappa man Always a Kappa man. We wear our badges with honor. We enjoy the privileges and benefits of Kappa Delta Phi for life. We are blessed with the knowledge that there is always a home to come back to and a large family they can depend on.

The purposes of this fraternity shall be to bring together males of good character who are studying in institutions of higher education and who manifest a keen interest in higher education; to promote the highest ideals and educational practices; to promote a spirit of good citizenship and to seek change in our institution only through duly constituted authority; to actively support the fight against discrimination on the basis of race, color, or creed; and to strengthen and preserve the bonds of brotherhood which link men together working toward a common cause.

Since the beginning of time, men have found it helpful and enjoyable to gather together for many reasons. Lodges and clubs have been found in all walks of life - from the knights of old to the military and political men of today. Fellowship has indeed been one of the basic needs of the individual. Therefore it is only natural for groups of college men to meet together in Greek letter societies.
Since the turn of the century, the increase in fraternities has been rapid, with the total membership of all the fraternities numbering in the millions.

Fraternity men have been, and still are the leaders in colleges and universities. The college fraternity supplements book learning by setting up a proving ground in which the members may practice what they learn in the lecture hall and help themselves become well-rounded individuals.

Kappa Delta Phi is a fraternity interested in higher education, and also encourages social life. As boys grow into men, there is to be found the development of poise, grace, and confidence which are essential to the progress and success of the real professional.
Joining Kappa Delta Phi costs more than money. It costs your time, your effort, loyalty, and cooperation. It has been worth it for thousands of men.

Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity serves as an effective recreational outlet in contributing to the four years of educational experience.

Important Dates
Membership in 1900 - 14
Membership in 2000 - 21,000

April 14, 1900

Founded at Bridgewater State Normal School, Bridgewater, MA

1901

Official badge adopted

1902

Nahum Leonard named "Father of the Fraternity"

1904

Fraternity Grip adopted

1906

First Convention held at Young's Hotel, Boston, MA

1909

Black and gold colors adopted

1911

Scholarship Cup adopted

1914

General Fraternity established with 36 active members

1929

Kappa Delta Phi becomes National Fraternity

1930

President's Cup adopted

1940

Coat of Arms adopted

1947

Official Key adopted

1949

National Relations Award adopted

1959

Philanthropy Award adopted

1962

Display Award adopted

1966

National Emblem, the crow, adopted

1967

National Flower, the yellow rose, adopted

1968

National Fraternity reorganized

1969

New National Constitution adopted
Edward F. Webber Scholarship Award adopted
Nahum Leonard Scholarship adopted
Senior Scholarship adopted
The Golden Key published

1978

Summer Workshops for Chapters established

1983

Distinguished Service Award Scholarship adopted

1985

Outstanding Chapter Award adopted
Outstanding Leadership Award adopted

1986

National Rushing and Pledging Manual established

1989

National Alumni Association is incorporated

1990

Kappa Delta Phi joins the National Inter fraternity Conference

1993

Alpha Stone is dedicated
Paul G. Collette Award for Excellence is adopted

Chapters List

Kappa Delta Phi National Fraternity Chapters
Bold Denotes active chapter   

  • Alpha - Bridgewater State College - Bridgewater, MA
  • Beta - Salem State College - Salem, MA
  • Gamma - Keene State College - Keene, NH
  • Delta - Boston University - Boston, MA
  • Epsilon - Rhode Island College - Providence, RI
  • Zeta - University of Maine at Farmington - Farmington, ME
  • Eta - University of Maine at Machias - Machias, ME
  • Theta - Edinboro University - Edinboro, PA
  • Iota - University of Southern Maine - Gorham, ME
  • Kappa - Southern Connecticut State University - New Haven, CT
  • Lambda - Husson College - Bangor, ME
  • Mu - University of Maine at Presque Isle - Presque Isle, ME
  • Nu - Thomas College - Waterville, ME
  • Xi - Lyndon State College - Lyndonville, VT
  • Omicron - Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts - North Adams, MA
  • Pi - Cape Cod Community College - West Barnstable, MA
  • Rho - University of Maine at Fort Kent - Fort Kent, ME
  • Sigma - Plymouth State University - Plymouth, NH
  • Tau - Castleton State College - Castleton, VT
  • Upsilon - Umass Lowell - Lowell, MA
  • Phi - University of Maine at Augusta - Augusta, ME
  • Chi - Southern New Hampshire University - Manchester, NH
  • Psi - Framingham State College - Framingham, MA
  • Omega - Unity College - Unity, ME
  • Alpha Alpha - University of Maine - Orono, ME
  • Alpha Beta - Bryant University - Smithfield, RI
  • Alpha Gamma - State University of New York - New Paltz, NY
  • Alpha Delta - St. Anselm College - Manchester, NH
  • Alpha Epsilon - Albright College - Reading, PA
  • Alpha Zeta - Lasell College - Newton , MA
  • Alpha Eta - UMASS Amherst - Amherst, MA
  • Alpha Theta - York College of Pennsylvania - York, PA
  • Alpha Iota - Shippensburg University - Shippensburg, PA
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