Famous Fraternities and Their Former Members

Famous Fraternities and Their Former Members
Famous Fraternities and Their Former Members
Phi Beta Kappa, which is considered to be the country’s first college fraternity, was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Since then, several organizations have been created, each with their own unique mission. These sometimes secretive on-campus organizations provide male undergraduates with an opportunity to form friendships, take responsibility for their studies
and develop leadership skills. Many well-known are some of the country’s fraternity alumni. Students
who are curious about what membership in one of these Greek organizations might do for them may be interested to learn some of the names who have been survived the hazing process and gone on to do great things.
Alpha Phi Omega: This organization was founded on the cardinal principles of leadership, friendship and service at Lafayette College in 1925, according to the Alpha Phi Omega’s official website. The fraternity’s mission is to prepare campus and community leaders through service, so it is fitting that Bill Clinton is a former member. During his time at Georgetown University, the 42nd president of the U.S. became a member of Alpha Phi Omega, which is also the biggest fraternity in the country with chapters at more than 350 schools.
Tau Kappa Epsilon: Created at Wesleyan University in 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s mission
is to aid men in their mental, moral and social development for life. The Eureka College branch of the organization also counted former president Ronald Reagan among its members. Other celebrity alumni include Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson, entertainer Merv Griffin and NFL star Terry Bradshaw.
Delta Kappa Epsilon: This fraternity has not only one, but two former presidents as members. Both George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush are alumni of the Yale chapter. In addition to churning out presidents, Delta Kappa Epsilon is dedicated to the cultivation of social culture, the advancement of intellectual excellence, the promotion of honorable friendship and several other objects, which are listed in organization’s lengthy constitution. Fellow alumni include entrepreneur J.P. Morgan and entertainer Dick Clark.
Alpha Phi Alpha: What separates Alpha Phi Alpha from other fraternities is its history as the first Greek-letter organization to be established by African American students at Cornell University in 1906. The organization also prohibits pledging and hazing in any form, according to Alpha Phi Alpha’s official website. This type of behavior has been banned by the fraternity, as it is considered to be illegal in most jurisdictions. Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of this fraternity while pursuing a degree in sociology from Morehouse State University. Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court, is another famous alumni of Alpha Phi Alpha.

The who’s who list of fraternity alumni almost seems endless, with many names that are synonymous with history. Among them are the business world’s Warren Buffet, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, and Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the Moon and a former member of Phi Delta Theta.

A college might have several fraternities with seemingly interchangeable names. So how does a prospective member know which one is the right fit for them? Students have the opportunity to attend a college’s rush week – a time when a school’s different fraternities compete for an undergraduate’s membership, according to Associated Content. In addition to attending events such as cookouts and parties, this provides individuals a chance to get a feel for the type of people that make up an organization. An individual also needs to decide why they really want to join a fraternity, whether it be for the parties, or to help them develop skills that will serve them throughout life, and maybe take them to the Oval Office.

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