Sisterhood | May 7, 2020

We are pleased to provide you with our updated resources to host a virtual Pansy Celebration and Circle Degree. 

Celebrating our collegiate members’ graduation and Circle Degree, the third and final degree of Initiation, dates as far back as 1908, when an article in a secret publication called The Triton shared details about a “pansy luncheon,” hosted by alumnae chapters each spring. 

 Later, in 1927, the first official Pansy Breakfast was hosted by Theta Xi Chapter at the University of Southern California. The tradition quickly spread across the country and was the topic of a LIFE Magazine photo essay in 1945. 

 As noted in a recent podcast interview with Ginger Hicks Smith, Emory, this current global situation is not the first global crisis Tri Delta has faced. Each has provided Tri Delta opportunities for growth and to show service and support to our sisters and others — everything that is so beautifully woven into our Circle Degree Ritual. 

 Your Pansy Celebration will be a time to help collegiate seniors mark their transition into lifetime membership. Thank you for helping our members to grow and for providing them a celebratory and meaningful end to this unusual school year.   

Pansy Celebration Resources

 Our new resources are available in the Resource Library and Ritual Portal. 

Updated Virtual Circle Degree Resource Library > Resources> Ritual Portal >Restricted Ritual  

How to Host a Virtual Circle Degree – Resource Library > Alumnae Chapters > Pansy Celebration 

Zoom Background – Resource Library > Alumnae Chapters > Pansy Celebration 

Senior Recognition Template – Resource Library > Alumnae Chapters > Pansy Celebration 

A special thank you to the alumnae chapters that provided input for this process and tested out our new Virtual Pansy Celebration resources. 

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