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Alpha Xi Delta
Founded April 17, 1893 (1893-04-17) (116 years ago)
Lombard College, (Galesburg, Illinois)
Type Social
Scope National
Mission Statement The mission of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is to enrich the life of every Alpha Xi Delta. We will:
  • Nurture unity and cooperation.
  • Foster intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
  • Exemplify the highest ethical conduct.
  • Instill community responsibility.
  • Perpetuate fraternal growth.
Vision Statement Inspiring women to realize their potential.
Motto The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Maxim      Light Blue

     Dark Blue


Symbol Quill
Flower Pink Rose
Publication The Quill of Alpha Xi Delta
Philanthropy Autism Speaks
Chapters 113
Members 140,000+ collegiate
Mascot BetXi Bear
Headquarters 8702 Founders Road
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Alpha Xi Delta Sorority house at Ohio University.

Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ) was founded on April 17, 1893[1][2] by ten women at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois, who shared a vision of an organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Alpha Xi Delta is one of the oldest women's fraternities as well as one of the ten founding fraternities of the National Panhellenic Conference. Alpha Xi Delta is pronounced Alpha Xi (Zee) Delta. This pronunciation is because Xi follows the vowel Alpha.The National Panhellenic Creed, which is still read aloud today at every NPC meeting across the country, was even written by an Alpha Xi Delta. Alpha Xi Delta maintains chapters at 113 institutions ranging from the University of Washington to Florida International University.

A national fraternity with more than 140,000 initiated members, the stated vision of Alpha Xi Delta is to "inspire women to realize their potential." The colors of Alpha Xi Delta are double blue (light and dark) and gold. The fraternity flower is the pink rose, as chosen by the Founders to complement the white rose of Sigma Nu fraternity whose brothers helped to found Alpha Xi Delta at Lombard. The general sorority mascot is the teddy bear, the official mascot is named BetXi Bear. Each initiated member wears the quill which represents their open motto "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword." Alpha Xi Delta is the only National Panhellenic sorority that uses Xi in its official name.



The ten founders were Cora Bollinger Block, Alice Bartlett Bruner, Bertha Cook Evans, Harriett Luella McCollum, Lucy W. Gilmer, Lewie Strong Taylor, Almira Lowry Cheney, Frances Elisabeth Cheney, Eliza Drake Curtis Everton, and Julia Maude Foster.[3]


Alpha Xi Delta's national philanthropy is called Autism Speaks. The new philanthropy was announced on April 2, 2009. Alpha Xi Delta chapters and alumnae around the country are encouraged to find worthy philanthropy organizations nearby that embody the idea of helping children.

Students at Purdue University line up to join Alpha Xi Delta during rush week

The Symphony of Alpha Xi Delta

The Symphony of Alpha Xi Delta is its open creed, or public statement of belief, showing the ideals toward which all Alpha Xi's strive. It was written in 1924 by Helen Willis Lynn, Alice Matthews, and Almira Cheney, one of the original founders.


The Symphony of Alpha Xi Delta

These things do we earnestly desire:

A clear vision of life that with gracious and kindly hearts we may share both joy and sorrow, and bring into living reality the sisterhood of women.

An appreciation of real merit and worth, steadfastness of soul, that without bitterness or defeat we may encounter misfortune and with humility meet success.

These things Oh Lord, help us to instill within our hearts, that we may grow in courage, and graciousness and peace.

Notable alumnae


Katie Khoury is in Alpha Xi Delta sister of Joseph Khoury(St. Ignatius '14)

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