About Sigma Kappa

The Purpose Statement and Values reinforce and complement each other in expressing Sigma Kappa's reasons for being, what it strives to achieve, and how we will conduct the organization and ourselves.


Purpose Statement

Sigma Kappa fosters lifelong connection in sisterhood while being true to our founding as an intellectual and social women’s sorority. Through mutual support and respect, we inspire all members to lead a life of purpose.


Sigma Kappa's Values

The values of Sigma Kappa are personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty; bound by a promise.

Personal growth

Bound by a Promise to be the best person you can be.

  • Social: Demonstrating leadership through behaviors that are in alignment with the Sorority's values
  • Intellectual: Committing to a lifetime of learning and enrichment
  • Spiritual: Striving to live a purposeful life



Bound by a Promise to model service and leadership in your communities, especially within Sigma Kappa.

  • Offering your time, ideas or resources to support the common good and assist those in need.



Bound by a Promise to demonstrate sisterhood and friendship throughout life.

  • Sisterhood
  • Self-respect
  • Mutual respect



Bound by a Promise to remain loyal to Sigma Kappa and to living its values in all that you do.



Symbols and Insignia

The symbols and insignia of Sigma Kappa have great meaning which is revealed during the ceremony of Initiation. They demonstrate our heritage and values and are significant because of what Sigma Kappas believe. Members of Sigma Kappa are obligated to uphold our high standards and ideals, remembering that Sigma Kappas all over the country are bound by the same tenets.

Sigma Kappa colors: lavender and maroon

Sigma Kappa’s colors, lavender and maroon, were officially adopted in June 1891. With regard to the meaning of Sigma Kappa’s colors, a note in the minutes of 1904 speaks of a committee that was appointed to “write down the true significance” of Sigma Kappa’s colors, which is revealed in the ceremony of Initiation.


Sigma Kappa Coat of Arms

The Sigma Kappa coat-of-arms was adopted in 1911 and reflects the familiar symbols of the sorority - the dove, the violet, the Greek letters, and maroon and lavender. The significance of the coat-of-arms is revealed only during the ceremony of Initiation.

Sigma Kappa flower: Wild Purple Violet

Wild Purple Violets were loved by Sigma Kappas from the very beginning.  The delicate flowers grew wild along the banks of the Messalonskee River where the founders sat and dreamed of Sigma Kappa. In June 1892, the violet was adopted as our official flower.  In 2008, the 83rd national convention clarified that the official flower was the wild purple violet which the founders had enjoyed during their walks in Maine.

Sigma Kappa symbols: dove and heart

The dove was accepted as an official symbol of Sigma Kappa at the 1984 convention and its significance is revealed in the ceremony of Initiation. The heart was adopted at the 1988 convention because of the close connection to our open motto.


More Sigma Kappa Facts


  • Founded: 1874, at Colby College, Waterville, Maine
  • Motto: One Heart, One Way
  • Jewel: Pearl
  • Collegiate Chapters: 119 in 36 states
  • Alumnae Chapters: 98 in 40 states
  • Members: more than 185,000 women worldwide
  • Philanthropies: Gerontology with a focus on Alzheimer's disease research and programs directed at improving the lives of older citizens; Inherit the Earth; Maine Seacoast Mission.
  • Scholarships: The Sigma Kappa Foundation provides scholarship to collegiate and alumnae members each year, including scholarships for leadership, continuing education and gerontology.