Kappa Delta Sorority

Members of Kappa Delta

About Kappa Delta

Kappa Delta was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia. It is known as one of the Farmville Four sororities (Alpha Sigma Alpha, Kappa Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha). A clock tower at the University, with a clock face representing each sorority is dedicated to the four. Kappa Delta has over 230,000 members, more than 14,000 undergraduate members in 140 active collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta also has more than 510 chartered alumnae chapters.

Today, Kappa Delta 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 for 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.

Since our founding at SJSU, we have worked each day to uphold our motto: “Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest.” Staying true to our motto, Kappa Deltas at San José State have striven for great leadership, academic success, personal development, and community service. Our chapter is most proud of our success with our annual Shamrock Showcase. This event raises money for both our national philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America, and our local philanthropy, Child Quest International.


Laurel Chapter


Kappa Delta House

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Kappa Delta Tagline

Chapter Information

  • Designation: Gamma Iota Chapter
  • President: Mattison Harrington
  • Websites: Chapter and National
  • SJSU Founding: February 4, 1956
  • National Founding: October 23, 1897 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University)in Farmville VA (part of the Farmville Four)
  • Scholarship: Fall 2016 - 2.92, Spring 2016 - 2.88, Fall 2016 - 2.82
  • Colors: Olive Green and Pearl White
  • Flower: White Rose
  • Symbols: Nautilus Shell, Dagger, Teddy Bear, Katydid
  • Motto: "Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest"
  • Nicknames: KD, KayDee
  • Famous Alumnae: Brooke Anderson (journalist), Ali Landry (actress, Miss USA 1996), Georgia O'Keeffe (artist), Leigh Anne Roberts Tuohy (subject of the film, The Blind Side), Pearl S. Buck (Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner), Claudia Kennedy (first female three star General in the Army), Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (former Governor (LA)), Jean Carpenter Carnahan (Senator (MO)), Christine O'Grady Gregoire (Governor (WA)), Donna J. Stone (founder, Prevent Child Abuse America)
  • Annual Events: Shamrock Showcase and International Girls Day

Awards and Recognition (2015–16)

  • Gold Laurel Chapter (2015 Standards of Excellence)
  • 2015 Overall Most Improved Panhellenic Chapter