THE HISTORY OF PHI GAMMA DELTA

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On the night of Saturday, April 22, 1848 at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, six college students gathered in a dormitory room and determined to establish a secret society. The society they formed is called the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.

The founders, reverently referred to by Brothers today as the "Immortal Six", are John Templeton McCarty, Samuel Beatty Wilson, James Elliott, Jr., Ellis Bailey Gregg, Daniel Webster Crofts, and Naaman Fletcher.

The first regular meeting of Phi Gamma Delta and the adoption of the Fraternity's Constitution took place on May 1, 1848. Consequently, May 1 was chosen to be "Founder's Day" at the 43rd Convention held in 1891 and has traditionally been celebrated as the founding date of the Fraternity ever since.

The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, commonly known as “Fiji,” is a college-based social fraternity. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, Phi Gamma Delta proudly boasts 115 chapters on college and university campuses throughout the United States and Canada. With approximately 5,500 undergraduate and over 90,000 graduate brothers, Fiji men have a profound influence throughout the world.

Our mission:
Phi Gamma Delta exists to promote lifelong friendships, to reaffirm high ethical standards and values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to provide opportunities for each brother to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship and social skills in order to become a fully contributing member of society.

For more information, please visit the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta’s website at http://www.phigam.org.