"Never had a sorority been founded so completely and with such depth of meaning from the very beginning."
- from the History of Delta Delta Delta

At Boston University in 1888, seniors Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond saw a need for an organization that would "be kind alike to all and think more of the girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance." Not only did these two young women create the framework of our organization, but they also created its Rituals and symbols, wrote its constitution and designed its emblems. All was finished on Thanksgiving Eve 1888 when the two embraced each other and declared "Tri Delta is founded." Their vision has grown into the dynamic women's organization we know today.


From the beginning of Alpha Chapter, Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond included their two senior classmates, Isabel Morgan Breed and Florence Isabelle Stewart, as Founders. Therefore, the Fraternity has always recognized the four seniors as Founders of Delta Delta Delta.

"Tri Delta is Founded"

Nov. 28, Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond completed their plans for the creation of Delta Delta Delta. The two declared, "Tri Delta is founded."

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