Founders’ Day

On April 17, 1893, Alpha Xi Delta was founded at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois. Founders' Day is a wonderful time for us to reflect on the values of Alpha Xi Delta and honor our Sisterhood. 
Virtual Founders' Day

Alpha Xi Delta highly encourages you to celebrate Alpha Xi Delta’s Founders’ Day in a virtual setting. There are new virtual Founders’ Day guides for both collegiate chapters and alumnae associations located in Exclusively Xi's Resource Center in the Digital Ceremonies folder. These guides provide information on ceremony equipment, facilitation, platform information and much more.

Order of the Rose, Pearl and Diamond
For alumnae associations wishing to include the Order of the Rose, Pearl and Diamond ceremony in their celebrations, information is included in the Founders’ Day guide. If your association has the funding to buy a pin for the member, this can be a great sentimental gift. You can purchase recognition jewelry from Herff Jones by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact our National Ritual Director, Grace Bova, at

Marketing Your Event

  • Submit your event to the Alpha Xi Delta calendar. This way all alumnae know about your event! Click here to register your event.

  • Invitations should be sent to alumnae six weeks prior to the event. Invitations can be sent out via email and/or USPS. The Save the Date and Invitation templates below can be printed or attached to an email as a PDF or image in the body of the email. It is best practice to send event invitations from the association’s general email account. If your association utilizes social media, share the invitation there as well.

  • Request a new geographical listing from Fraternity Headquarters. This ensures that you are reaching all alumnae in your area, especially those who might have just moved in! This is a great way to connect with new alumnae and engage members.

  • After your event don't forget to submit information for The Quill! Submit stories by emailing your photo and the caption to

Questions about planning a Founders' Day event? Contact

Printable Founders' Day Items

We've created Founders' Day printables to help you prepare for your upcoming celebration. To download a template that you can print at home or send to a professional printer, simply click on the photo of the item you'd like to download. Instructions for how to use certain items or materials need (ex. sticker sheets) are provided on the files.

Some items are PDF fillable. Click here to learn more about how to save items once you've input your information. If you need the latest version of Adobe Reader, you can download it for free here. If you have any questions about these files, please contact us at

Canva Templates

We have created several Founders' Day designs you can customize with Canva. You will need a free Canva account associated with your chapter or alumnae association before starting to utilize the designs. You can create this at You can then request to join FHQ's Canva Pro Team to have access to all the Pro account resources. 

Round stickers

Round 2.5" Stickers

Folded Notecard

Powerpoint Presentation