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Delta Zeta National

In the fall of 1902, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, opened its doors to female students for the first time.  Three fraternities existed on campus, but no sororities.  This motivated six young women to create a social organization of their own.  On October 24, 1902, these women - Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Mabelle Minton, Julia Bishop, Anna Keen and Anne Simmons chose to name their sorority Delta Zeta. The colors for the sorority were to be old rose and Nile green. On October 24, 1902, the Delta Zeta sorority was officially founded - the first sorority at Miami University.  


Delta Zeta

Gamma Lambda

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Zeta at San Jose State University was founded in 1948.  As one of the oldest sororities at San Jose State, Delta Zeta just celebrated it's 68th anniversary on campus.  


Delta Zeta is the largest international sorority in the world, and Delta Zeta members have the privilege of traveling the country meeting new sisters and visiting our National Headquarters.  Our chapter has several traditions that we celebrate yearly.  


"The purpose of this sorority shall be to unite its members in the bonds of sincere and lasting friendship, to stimulate one another in the pursuit of knowledge, to promote the moral and social culture of its members, and to develop plans for guidance and unity in action; objects worthy of the highest aim and purpose of associated effort. The purpose of this sorority shall be advanced through the National Convention, the National Council, and the college and alumnae chapters."

Constitution of the Delta Zeta Sorority, Article II, Sections 1. and 2.


To the world,

I promise temperance and insight and courage,

To crusade for justice,

To seek the truth and defend it always;


To those whom my life may touch

in slight measure,

May I give graciously

Of what is mine;


To my friends,

Understanding and appreciation;


To those closer ones, Love that is ever steadfast;


To my mind, Growth;


To myself, Faith

That I may walk truly

In the light of the Flame.


— Dorothy Mumford Williams

Alpha Zeta, 1939

Fun Facts

  • Tiffany & Co. once made Delta Zeta's badge.  Our badge was voted the "Most Beautiful Fraternal Badge, and is on display in the Smithsonian".

  • Delta Zeta's colors are Old Rose and Nile Green.

  • The Delta Zeta mascot is the turtle.

  • The Roman Lamp is the symbol of Delta Zeta.

  • Delta Zeta's gems are the diamond and pearl.

  • Our flower is the Killarney Rose—one of the only roses without thorns.

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