Kappa Sigma’s original founding dates back to 1400 in Bologna, Italy, a city of architecture guarded by twelve gates and surrounded by soaring towers. It was then that Manuel Chrysoloras, a Greek emissary teaching at the renowned University of Bologna, formed a society with some of his students for the protection of one another against the unscrupulous governor of the city, Baldassarre Cossa. Cossa was known for sending robbers to attack and steal from foreigners. The new formed society incorporated secret signs, words, and weapons for protection from infiltration. Their ideals, formed over time and embodied in a ritual, transformed them from a group of men to a true brotherhood - the Fellowship of Kappa Sigma.

On December 10, 1869, the order of Kappa Sigma saw its first day in the United States as a result of the efforts of five students attending the University of Virginia: William Grigsby McCormick, George Miles Arnold, John Covert Boyd, Frank Courtney Nicodemus, and Edmund Law Rogers (appearing in this respective order below). These five students are known to Kappa Sigmas as “The Five Friends and Brothers.” Together they gathered in McCormick’s room at 46 East Lawn and planted the seeds of our brotherhood by binding themselves together by an oath and preserving their union with secret work. This Ritual made them brothers for life.

The Five Friends and Brothers of Kappa Sigma

William Grigsby McCormick George Miles Arnold John Covert Boyd Frank Courtney Nicodemus Edmund Law Rogers

Stephen Alonzo Jackson (left) is regarded as possibly the most important man in Kappa Sigma’s history. Through his efforts a struggling local fraternity became a strong national organization. He was the architect of our Ritual, writer of our Constitution, and was our first Worthy Grand Master.

Local History of Delta-Delta

In 1999 several men began talking outside a campus organization meeting about the current state of fraternities at the University of Florida. They were all discontent with the impressions they received. They wanted fraternities to stand for something more, to return to what the idea of brotherhood that founders of these organizations had established more than one hundred years ago when hazing did not exist and when the idea of a pledge period was foreign. They wanted to REDEFINE THE STANDARD; to hold themselves and all other fraternities on this campus to a higher bar.

That vision, to stand as a lighthouse on this campus, took a big step on Febrauary 2, 2001 when the official pledge ceremony of the Delta-Delta colony of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity took place in the Reitz Union. The men went through a colony development program to prove that they met the standards of the national headquarters. This included performing community service events, fundraising, several workshops on time management, date rape, responsible drinking, and more.

After less than 9 months as a colony, the gentlemen of Delta-Delta had fulfilled all of the requirements given to them by Kappa Sigma Headquarters and initiated 48 members into the Founding Father class on October 20, 2001.

Since then, our efforts to redefine the fraternity standard have been recognized by the UF administration, sororities, fraternities, and independent students. In 2003 and 2006 we were honored with the Buddy McKay award for best overall fraternity. Our philanthropic efforts exceed those of most fraternities. We have raised more than $50,000 in the last four years for Children’s Miracle Network and have won a handful of sorority events.

Our goal was to develop the men who enter our organization as brothers, leaders, scholars, contributors to their community, and as sociable gentlemen. We are realizing that goal more and more with every pledge class.

Of course, there is more to Kappa Sigma history than what’s mentioned above. For a more extensive look into our local and national history, click here. You can also check out the national Kappa Sigma website for more.

Star and Crescent

In addition to guidance provided by the four pillars of Kappa Sigma, Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service, each and every Kappa Sigma strives to live by the high standards symbolized by the Star and Crescent.