ALPHA PHI DELTA FRATERNITY
AN ITALIAN HERITAGE FRATERNITY
A Most Happy Thanksgiving from Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity
Alpha Phi Delta, a family and a brotherhood, would like to take this time to extend its thankfulness to our brothers and their families on this day, and weekend of Thanksgiving.
As a Fraternity we are very thankful especially to our undergraduates who promote and sustain are fraternity; they are our lifeblood. They are at the center of the family that we call Alpha Phi Delta.
As a Fraternity we are very thankful especially to our alumni who generously support the good works of our Fraternity and extend to us their fealty and devotion.
As a Fraternity we are very thankful to our undergraduate chapters -- our outposts of brotherhood scattered throughout the county -- as their success becomes our success, and their activities and good works bring honor to our name.
As a Fraternity we are very thankful to our Alumni Clubs and Alumni Association; which allow our alumni brothers to continue to be active in and serve the Fraternity collectively, as an alumni chapter.
As a Fraternity we are very thankful to the Alpha Phi Delta Foundation for its support our academic, cultural and educational programs that serve to support, most especially, our undergraduate brothers and chapters.
As a Fraternity we are very thankful for the many college campuses that allow us to share in the life of their school community, and provide our brothers with a college home and alma mater.
November 5, 2023:
It's our 109th Anniversary
On November 5, 2023, Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity celebrated the 109th anniversary of its founding. It was on that day, in 1914, seven students at Syracuse University -- Joseph Cangiamila, Dominic T. Ciolli, Ferdinand F. DiBartolo, Anthony T. Frascati, Nicholas Frunzi, Otto Gelormini and Cesidio A. Guarini -- swore a mutual Oath of Brotherhood on a sword, at Syracuse University to create our brotherhood: Italian in heritage, American in loyalty, and family-like in nature.
Since its founding over 22,000 men have been initiated into Alpha Phi Delta on over 110 campuses. November 5th is Alpha Phi Delta's Founders Day -- and on that day it is especially appropriate for members to wear a white carnation ("garafano") to honor our founding, and our founders.
Alpha Phi Delta evolved from our seven founders first establishing "Il Circolo Italiano" (an Italian Club) on the campus of Syracuse in 1913. However, realizing that they wanted to create something that they would be able remain part of after graduation, and in their lives ahead, they decided to form a fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta on November 5, 1914.
About a year and a half later, in June of 1916, the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta at Syracuse merged with another Italian fraternity at Columbia University (Sigma Gamma Phi) and from that merger Alpha Phi Delta, a national fraternity was formed. Our Chapter at Syracuse became known as our "Alpha Chapter" and our Chapter at Columbia became known as our "Beta Chapter."
Our Founders Day Video
The following is a narrated text, overlaid with some appropriate photos, that was written by one of our Fraternity's founders back in 1929. It tells the story of the early days of our brotherhood and details the founding of Alpha Phi Delta.
The Conventioneers are shown here on the main stairway at the entrance to the Villa Roma Resort (Callicoon, New York). While not every conventioneer is in this picture, this is a good share of them. After this picture was taken the entire crowd made their way to the Villa Roma's Club House where the National Awards Banquet was held and awards winners for 2023 were announced.
Vincent Verdile as a young alumni in the Fraternity in 1994.
Vincent Verdile, 1964-2023
The Fraternity regrets to announce the passing of Brother Vincent N. Verdile, long-serving Florida District Governor. Brother Verdile was initiated into Beta Phi Chapter in 1986, and served in various roles in the Fraternity, including South Jersey District Governor, and most recently Florida District Governor. He is predeceased by his father, Benjamin Verdile (Beta Delta '57) who was a former National Vice President of the Fraternity (1976-78). He is survived by his mother, Rose Verdile, who is a frequent face at National Convention, and his brother Anthony. Brother Verdile worked as a school teacher in Florida, and previously in New Jersey. He will be missed. Faciamus!
Alpha Phi Delta by the Numbers
Number of Years of Brotherhood
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Our Average Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA)
Our College Graduation Rate
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75 Scholarship Winners Announced
The Alpha Phi Delta Foundation's Scholarship Trustees award 75 scholarship awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000, to worthy applicants. The scholarship winners were announced at the 100th National Convention of Alpha Phi Delta. The number of scholarships awarded represent a new high for the Foundation's Scholarship program. Of the 75 winners, 61 were brothers of Alpha Phi Delta and 14 were children or relatives of fraternity brothers. Scholarship have been awarded annually in this program since 1975. Click the button below to view our online Scholarship winner booklet showing the name of all of our 2023 Scholarship award winners.