Symbols and Traditions
SYMBOLS AND TRADITIONS HAVE CONNECTED ALPHA CHI OMEGAS FOR GENERATIONS.
Some remain rooted in our founding, like our colors and the lyre, while others have been adopted as we’ve grown. These symbols and traditions represent who we are and what we value, providing a great source of meaning to our members and creating a bond of sisterhood that connects through time and space.
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FOUNDERS’ DAY–OCTOBER 15
Founders' Day is a celebration of our Fraternity’s birth. Traditionally, collegians and alumnae honor our Founders by coming together to celebrate Alpha Chi Omega’s heritage.
HERA DAY–MARCH 1
In honor of our patron goddess Hera, Alpha Chi Omegas dedicate themselves on this day to aid the happiness and well-being of others. Our remembrances include volunteering and fundraising for domestic violence shelters in local communities.
Named for the MacDowell artists’ residency program in New Hampshire (Alpha Chi Omega’s first philanthropic project), this month also honors our Founders’ heritage as musicians. During MacDowell Month, our members are encouraged to be patrons of the arts, and attend exhibitions, concerts and other events.
THE SYMPHONY OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA
Celia McClure (1890-1983), a member of Delta chapter at Allegheny College, wrote The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. It appeared in the January 1912 issue of The Lyre magazine and was adopted as our official symphony in 1914. Because it reflects our tradition of harmony, it remains popular a century later and is read at many gatherings and events. Download the traditional Symphony or the refreshed brand Symphony.