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History of Phi Gamma Delta

About the Fraternity

Phi Gamma Delta was founded on May 1, 1848, at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The founders of the Fraternity, known as the Immortal Six, were John Templeton McCarty, Samuel Beatty Wilson, James Elliott, Ellis Bailey Gregg, Daniel Webster Crofts, and Naaman Fletcher.

Within a few weeks of the Fraternity’s founding, they had already expanded to Washington College. Phi Gamma Delta grew quickly to nine chapters by 1856.

Currently there are more than 124 active chapters and 20 colonies.


Core Values

We were founded upon five core values, Friendship, Knowledge, Service, Morality, and Excellence

We are united by Friendship. It is the basis of our brotherhood. Because of it, we accomplish far more than we do as individuals. Friendship is the sweetest influence.

We promote the pursuit of Knowledge. It is the key to a fuller, richer life. We gain it through education, the harmonious development of the powers of the individual.

We encourage Service. We have the ability, the opportunity, and the duty to serve our fellow human beings. Our reward is the satisfaction that comes from serving.

We believe in Morality. As gentlemen of quality, we must do what is right as individuals and as a group. Moral behavior is the basis of society’s existence.

We strive for Excellence. It is attained only when we fulfill our total potential. Mankind benefits when each of us becomes all that we can be.


Graduate Brothers

Phi Gamma Delta was founded on the belief that our brotherhood is not for college days alone; and consequently, upon graduation, a brother earns the title of “Graduate Brother” rather than “alumni”. This signifies that he is forever a brother in our Fraternity


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