"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

it began with friendship

Although there were three women's groups represented at Boston University in 1888, seniors Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond saw a need for a different 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." More than 126 years later, their vision has grown into the dynamic women's organization we know today.
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our founders


"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."


November, The Trident is first published on the third anniversary of Tri Delta’s founding.


The first alumnae group, called the Alpha Alumnae Alliance, is formed.


Sleighbell Day, a new national philanthropy, is established to support children’s cancer charities.


The Tri Delta Foundation is created as a 501(c)3 organization to “assist its members in every possible way.”


The Fraternity forms National House Corporation (NHC).


Tri Delta begins its partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Tri Delta launches BodyImage3D® as a multidimensional approach to body image awareness and education.


Tri Delta commits to raising $60 million in 10 years for St. Jude.

emblems & symbols

insignias & milestone jewelry