Our Symbols and Traditions

Our Symbols and Traditions

When you’re welcomed into any family or organization, you come to appreciate its symbols and traditions. Some of Alpha Chi Omega’s hallmarks, like our colors and lyre, are rooted in our founding. Others have been adopted and adapted through the decades. All have meaning to our members. They connect us across miles and years. They symbolize and verbalize who we are, where we’ve come from, and what matters most to us as individuals and as an organization.

Brand: Real. Strong. Women.

Open Motto: “Together let us seek the heights”

Patron Goddess: Hera, guardian of Women

Philanthropy: Domestic violence awareness, prevention, and education

Badge: Grecian lyre, reflecting our musical heritage

Colors: Scarlet red and olive green

Flower: Red carnation

Coat of Arms: A lyre bird over a shield of red and green, depicting an open book, three gold stars, and sheath of wheat. Below is our open motto written in Greek.

The Symphony: Written by Celia McClure, a member of the Delta chapter. It appeared in the January 1912 edition of The Lyre, and was adopted as official in 1914.


Hera Day: March 1st – 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.

McDowell Month: February – Named for the MacDowell artists’ colony 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 become patrons of the arts, and attend exhibitions, concerts and other events.

Chapter Birthday: February 15th – Date that the Epsilon Lambda chapter was founded at UTA

Fraternity Birthday: October 15th – Alpha chapter at DePauw University was established

National Convention: The annual convening of our sisters to gain valuable and relevant real-world knowledge; experience our cherished Ritual; and discuss the ways in which our organization seeks the heights.