Kappa Delta History
Kappa Delta Sorority was founded on October 23, 1897 at State Female Normal School, which is now Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The thought that 116 years ago four young women created a sisterhood as enduring as Kappa Delta truly defies understanding, but that's exactly what they did. The Kappa Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta here at Florida State University was founded November 11, 1904, making our chapter the oldest Greek organization on campus at 113 years old. It is our history and shared values that create the foundation of true sisterhood in Kappa Delta.
Today, Kappa Delta is an impressive nationwide organization that reaches far beyond the local chapter. It is a national organization of more than 260,000 initiated members, 166 active collegiate chapters across the country and more than 200 chartered alumnae chapters nationwide. It is led by a National Council of over 100 national volunteers and a professional staff numbering over 40. Kappa Delta is a network of sisters and friends around the world who come from a vast variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Together, Kappa Deltas impact the lives of members and those in need around the world. Contributions to the Kappa Delta Foundation from alumnae, collegians and friends of Kappa Delta enable the sorority to further its philanthropic efforts, providing support for the sorority’s national philanthropies, numerous local community outreach programs, as well as scholarships and educational opportunities for members. Together, Kappa Delta has spent over 125,000 hours building confidence in girls and raised over $23 million for preventing child abuse across the United States.
We have chosen to become Kappa Deltas because we believe that together we can uphold the values set for us by our founders to make a greater and better Kappa Delta; and through those values we can work together to make a greater and better world. That is the strength of the Kappa Delta sisterhood.
Lenora Ashmore Blackiston
Lenora Ashmore Blackiston was unconventional. She was a dreamer and an idealist filled with enthusiasm for new ideas. Nicknamed "Nora," she was a writer and a poet, able to put her thoughts into action. She was the one who first suggested the idea of forming a sorority, but was unable to put her lasting personal marks on Kappa Delta's beginnings because, after Christmas holiday, she transferred to Randolph-Macon Women's College.
Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson
Quiet and extremely intelligent, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson came from a distinguished and respected family; her grandfather was John Tyler, former U.S. president, and her father was the president of the College of William and Mary. She was characterized as capable, dependable and possessing considerable artistic talent. She illustrated most of the school's first yearbook and designed the Kappa Delta badge. After helping found the sorority, Julia spent another year at State Female Normal before transferring to Dana Hall, a preparatory school for Wellesley College where she earned her AB degree in 1904. She joined her founding sister Sara Turner White at Kappa Delta's 50th anniversary celebration at the 1947 convention.
Sara Turner White
Daughter of a Virginia senator, Sara Turner White was gracious and friendly, but known as being a bit more straight-laced than most students. She enjoyed her friends and social activities more than she did her studies. Sara did not return to college after that first year, but remained steadfastly involved with Kappa Delta throughout her long life.
Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick
Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick was much loved and respected by all students at State Female Normal School. She was known for her fine character and gentle understanding. Mary had concern for others, perhaps because, at 23, she was more mature than the younger students. She was a Bible class leader. Mary stayed on and helped the fledging sorority through its early years.
Kappa Delta Sorority is committed to providing opportunities and experiences that build confidence and inspire women to action.
Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women committed to: Inspiring our members to reach their full potential; Preparing our members for community service; Active leadership and responsible citizenship; Creating opportunities or lifetime involvement through innovative and responsive programs, and strategic collaborations and partnerships; and Fostering the development of our time-honored values within the context of friendship.
The purpose of Kappa Delta Sorority is to promote true friendship among the college girls of our country by inculcating into their hearts and lives those principles of truth, of honor, of duty, without which there can be no true friendship.
The object of Kappa Delta Sorority is the formation and perpetuation of good fellowship, friendship and sisterly love among its members; the encouragement of literature and education; the promotion of social interest; and the furtherance of charitable and benevolent purposes.
May We, Sisters in Kappa Delta, strive each day to seek more earnestly the honorable and beautiful things. May We each day through love of those within our circle, Learn to know and understand better those without our circle. May the diamond shield that guards our love find us each day Truer, Wiser, More Faithful, more Loving, and More Noble.
"Ta Kala Diokomen"
"Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest."