Oxford proclaims 1 week in August be named after fraternity

The Phi Delta Theta headquarters. CONTRIBUTED
The Phi Delta Theta headquarters. CONTRIBUTED

Oxford City Council declared that an upcoming stretch of August will be declared Phi Delta Theta week.

Vice-mayor Steve Dana proclaimed that Aug. 4-7 would be named after the fraternity during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The four-day stretch honoring the fraternity will coincide with the national leadership conference they hold in Oxford.

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“The fraternity was founded upon the noble precepts of friendship, sound learning, and rectitude,” Dana read as part of the proclamation.

Phi Delta Theta was founded at Miami University in December 1848. They are one of the Miami Triad of fraternities that were founded at Miami and one of five total Greek organizations started at the college.

Phi Delta Theta has since grown to include chapters in 42 US states and over 260,000 members throughout its history, including former President and Miami University alumni Benjamin Harrison.

The fraternity week will occur during the Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute, which is held every year in Oxford. Fraternity members expect more than 1,000 members to attend the institute events that weekend.

Some staff members of the fraternity attended the city council meeting to accept the proclamation ahead of the Kleberg weekend.

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