Symbols of the Fraternity

Since the fourteenth century an elaborate pattern of heraldry evolved which is still recognized in sovereign countries, municipalities, societies, corporations and families. During the Victorian era, interest in heraldry was revived and has since remained an important part of such close associations as college fraternities.greatarmstexture.jpg
Coat of Arms

The Great Arms, showing the complete achievement, may be used by members in such formal instances as stained glass, award plaques or certificates, chapter stationery and illustrations in college annuals.  The Little Arms, the shield without the supporting bannerets, is more correct for such informal use as chapter seals, chapter house decorations, letter paper and personal items.

The Bylaws stipulate that the monogram of the Greek letters Delta and Upsilon shall not be used on any article except the Great Arms, Little Arms, Crest, Badge, Flag, Banner, Recognition Button and Sister Pin.  If the Greek letters are to be used on any other items, they should be placed side by side.

The Coat of Arms is protected by both copyright and design-patent, and it is not to be used by any manufacturer for any purpose or person without a license.  Such license may be applied for through the Headquarters at no charge by describing the proposed use and submitting designs or samples for consideration.


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The gold badge, formed from a monogram of the Greek letters Delta and Upsilon, was presented to the Hamilton Convention of 1858 by Edward P. Gardner of Amherst, chairman of the Badge Committee.  It was officially adopted by the Convention on May 13, 1858 together with the motto, which appears in Greek form on the arms of the Upsilon.  The Delta is always drawn as an isosceles triangle whose altitude is equal to its base.

By Convention mandate and custom, the badge is worn over the heart in an upright position on the shirt or vest only.  If a guard or pendant is attached, the top of the badge should be level with the top of the shirt pocket and one half inch to the right.  The top of the guard or pendant should be level with the bottom of the badge and off the pocket.  Wearing the badge on certain types of pull over sweaters rests with the good judgment and general customs of each chapter.

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The Seal 
The seal of the Fraternity is held by the International Fraternity secretary, who uses it in the name of the Trustees for sealing official papers of the corporation.  The seal is both copyrighted and patented, and care should be used to avoid infringement.