New Member Pin
The new member pin is worn prior to Initiation. It is a green and silver enamel badge and was referenced in the 1918 Constitution as three Deltas surrounding an inverted Delta, a symbol of growth. Green is significant as it is the universal color of all growing things. For Tri Delta, the green of the new member pin is also the union of the Fraternity colors – silver, gold and blue – and represents the beginning of growth of the individual.
A silver trident is the emblem of the Trident Degree of Initiation. This degree was at first administered at the time of pledging, but when the 1912 Convention adopted a pledge pin and a new pledge service, the Trident Degree became a formal degree administered a short time before the Stars and Crescent Degree.
The Stars and Crescent Badge
The official Fraternity badge consists of three golden stars, crown set with pearls, within a gold crescent of three hundred degrees bearing three deltas in black enamel. Tri Delta initiates receive this badge with the member’s initials, the Greek letters of her chapter, and her Initiation number engraved on the back. Each badge remains the property of the Fraternity but is lent to the member during her lifetime or as long as she remains a member.
Circle Degree Pendant
At the 2018 Convention, the Circle Degree pendant was introduced and celebrates the third degree of Initiation for senior members of Tri Delta. The pendant is blue with a gold pansy to signify the beginning of alumnae membership. A pearl is also placed in the center of the pansy to signify the growth of the member throughout her lifetime membership. The Circle Degree pendant can be purchased by any graduating member of Tri Delta, or it can be given to members as a gift.
Pearl Circle Necklace
In 2020, Tri Delta’s Ritual Committee introduced a special new milestone ceremony as a way to recognize young alumnae. The Pearl Circle ceremony and necklace commemorate 10 years of membership in Tri Delta. This beautiful pendant adorned with a freshwater pearl carries the significance of one of our beloved symbols in a modern, wearable piece, available for purchase by any member who has reached the 10thanniversary of their Initiation or given to members as gift.
Silver Circle Pin
Introduced at the 2004 Convention, the pin is silver and features the anniversary number engraved on the stars and crescent design. This pin may be purchased and worn by members who have reached the 25-year anniversary of their Initiation into Tri Delta or given to members as a gift.
Golden Circle Pin
Introduced at the 1962 Convention, where it was given to the Golden Circle members in attendance, this pin was originally designed by Sarah Ida Shaw for the Circle Degree of Initiation. Consisting of a delta in white enamel supported by three deltas of gold inside a golden circle which is surrounded by six spherical triangles in blue enamel, the Golden Circle pin celebrates the 50th anniversary of a Tri Delta’s Initiation. As of 2015 we offer this milestone piece complimentary to any eligible member. We also offer this feature to alumnae chapters wishing to honor their eligible members. Request a pin here.
Diamond Circle Pin
The Diamond Circle pin honors Tri Deltas who have reached the 75th anniversary of their Initiation. The Diamond Circle pin shares its design with the Golden Circle pin, but features a diamond in the center. Members who have reached the 75th anniversary of their Initiation have the privilege of buying the pin or receiving it as a gift. Introduced in 1996, the first Diamond Circle pin was presented to Mary K. Wise Jensen, Butler, past Fraternity President. We offer this milestone piece complimentary to any eligible member. We also offer this feature to alumnae chapters wishing to honor their eligible members. Request a pin here.