The Panhellenic Creed
We, as fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live. (Manual of Information, 15th Edition)
The shield is a protective influence for our entire membership. The lamp denotes leadership, scholarship and enlightenment. The laurel wreath signifies victory, or achievement of ideals. While the sword piercing the wreath indicates willingness to fight for ideals, symbolizing, too, penalty of obligation; also bravery, achievement and discipline. The mantling surrounding the shield is the protecting cloak that education gives us, and a protective influence of organization. Thus, there in the mantle is inscribed the name of the National Panhellenic Conference. (Adopted at the Biennial Session, 1957)
The National Panhellenic Conference will be the premier advocacy and support organization for its members, member groups, college and alumnae panhellenics and proponent of women’s fraternity membership. (Adopted at the Biennial Session, 2005)
The National Panhellenic Conference exists to promote the values of and to serve as an advocate for its member groups in collaboration with those members, campuses and communities. (Adopted at the Biennial Session, 2005)
This We Believe
Fraternity is a social experience based on the fundamental right of a free people to form voluntary associations. It is one of the enrichments of college life. Fraternities exist because they provide a good democratic social experience; give value beyond college years; create, through their ideals, an ever-widening circle of service beyond the membership; develop the individual’s potential through leadership opportunities and group effort; and fill the need of belonging.