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Kappa Sigma Fraternity
nickname: "Kappa Sig"
Founded December 10, 1869
International Headquarters Charlottesville, VA
Official Colors scarlet, white, and emerald
Official Flower lily of the valley
Official Jewel pearl
Official Symbol Missing image
The Star and Crescent

Official Crest Missing image
The coat of arms of Kappa Sigma

ΚΣ (Kappa Sigma) is a fraternity with over 200 chapters in North America. Although Kappa Sigma was founded in America in 1869, the organization claims its history dates back to 14th century Italy, making it one of the oldest fraternities in the world--possibly the oldest.



Kappa Sigma claims that its traditional founding dates to 1400 in the city of Bologna, Italy. Manuel Chrysoloras, a Greek emissary teaching at the University of Bologna, formed with some of his students a society to protect one another against the unscrupulous governor of the city, a former pirate named Baldassarre Cossa. Cossa was infamous for sending robbers to attack and steal from foreigners - in this case, non-city residents. These students bore weapons for protection and devised secret signs, words, and forms to protect their ranks from infiltration. Cossa, after leaving Bologna, later usurped the Papacy as an antipope under the name John XXIII.

Kappa Sigma was founded in America on December 10, 1869 by five students (William Grigsby McCormick, George Miles Arnold, John Covert Boyd, Frank Courtney Nicodemus, and Edmund Law Rogers) attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The five founders, called "The Five Friends and Brothers", gathered in McCormick's room at 46 East Lawn and planted the seeds of brotherhood. From this first meeting, Kappa Sigma was given a Constitution and an Oath from which are taken the principles and ideals of all Kappa Sigmas.


Kappa Sigma's ideals are centered around its four cornerstones: fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. With these values, Kappa Sigma tries to enhance its members' college and life experiences by teaching them to always strive to be better men. A Kappa Sigma is charged to present himself as a friend, brother, and protector to any in the order and to defy any tyrant who seeks to take property, liberty, or life.

All Kappa Sigmas live by the oath of the order, the Star and Crescent: "The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it. He must be a gentleman ... a man of honor and courage ... a man of zeal, yet humble ... an intelligent man ... a man of truth ... one who tempers action with wisdom and, above all else, one who walks in the light of God."

Recent History

2003 and 2004 have seen the greatest expansion in the fraternity's 136-year history. 10,600 men were pledged in and 35 new colonies were established. Kappa Sigma is working to fulfill the challenge of Stephen Alonzo Jackson, it's most beloved leader, when he demanded that they not rest until Kappa Sigma was "the pride of every college and university in the land."

Notable Kappa Sigs

Kappa Sigma's notable alumni include Jimmy Buffett (Epsilon-Nu), Ted Turner (Beta-Alpha), Jerry Jones (Xi), Edward R. Murrow (Gamma-Mu), Bob Dole (Gamma-Omicron), Edwin Hubble (Gamma-Beta), William Hewlett (Beta-Zeta), Edgar D. Mitchell (Delta-Alpha), Robert Redford (Gamma-Tau), Dennis Haskins (Alpha-Iota) and Sam Donaldson (Epsilon-Xi). Jefferson Davis was honorarily inducted into Xi chapter in honor of his son's decision to stay with and tend to his brothers during an epidemic, a decision that would lead to his death. Kappa Sigma has produced two Nobel laureates, an astronaut, four senators, eight congressmen, two governors, a deputy prime minister, and successful businessmen.

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