Honoring the Creed of “The True Gentleman.”
The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of scholarship, service and friendship for our members. Our ideals were established in 1856 by our Founding Fathers and as written in our creed, “The True Gentleman.”
No other words have better represented the ideals of Sigma Alpha Epsilon than those of “The True Gentleman.” Our creed sets forth the standards by which we base the Fraternity. When Judge Walter B. Jones, past Eminent Supreme Archon of ΣAE, came upon “The True Gentleman,” he sent a copy to John Moseley, who was moved by the elegance of the words. Moseley started using it in the Leadership Schools in the 1930s and the words spread to chapters across the United States.
In the 1970s, The Phoenix editor Joe Walt discovered “The True Gentleman’s” author was John Walter Wayland. The words were published in a manual used at the U.S. Naval Academy. Years prior, The Baltimore Sun chose John Walter Wayland’s submission in a competition for the best definition of a true gentleman.
“The True Gentleman” reflects both the substance & ritual of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Those words are memorized & recited; awards are given to brothers who best exemplify it. “The True Gentleman” remind each member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s standards of behavior. Since our code is something every member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has in common, it helps bond us, providing part of the glue that holds us together. After all, gentlemanliness is the starting point and the indispensable quality of lasting friendships.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Its founders were: Noble Leslie DeVotie, Nathan Elams Cockrell, John Barratt Rudulph, John Webb Kerr, Samuel Marion Dennis, Wade Hampton Foster, Abner Edwin Patton, and Thomas Chappell Cook. Their leader was DeVotie, who wrote the ritual, created the grip, and chose the name. Rudulph designed the badge. Today there are collegiate Chapters on over 240 campuses, and over 200,000 living Alumni out of the over 300,000 initiated Brothers.
Facts about Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
- 226 total chapters + 15 colonies = 241 total groups in the United States.
- Approximately 14,000 undergraduates of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
- Average chapter size, including new brothers and actives, is 52 men.
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon has initiated more than 310,000 men since badge sequences were first recorded.
- Approximately 25,000 collegiate brothers have graduated from our annual John O. Moseley Leadership School.
- There are approximately 190,000 living alumni in the Fraternity.
- The average colony size is 32 men, and the average colony GPA is 3.1.
“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.” – John Walter Wayland
Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni living in Tampa Bay represent over 180 chapters from 48 states!
- Alabama Alpha-Mu, Epsilon, Iota, & Mu
- Arizona Alpha
- Arkansas Alpha-Upsilon
- California Chi, Epsilon, Kappa, Mu, Sigma & Theta
- Colorado Alpha, Chi, Delta, Lambda & Zeta
- Connecticut Beta & Omega
- Delaware Alpha
- Florida Alpha, Alpha-Mu, Beta, Chi, Delta, Epsilon, Gamma, Rho, Sigma, & Upsilon
- Georgia Alpha,Beta, Epsilon, Eta, Phi, Psi & Sigma
- Idaho Alpha
- Illinois Alpha, Beta, Delta, Delta-Pi, Psi-Omega & Theta
- Indiana Alpha, Beta, Delta, Epsilon, Gamma & Zeta
- Iowa Beta, Chi, Delta, Gamma & Sigma
- Kansas Alpha & Beta
- Kentucky Beta, Kappa, Epsilon & Sigma
- Louisiana Epsilon & Tau-Upsilon
- Maine Alpha
- Maryland Alpha, Beta, Omnicron-Pi, Phi & Sigma
- Massachusetts Beta-Upsilon, Delta, Gamma, Iota-Tau & Kappa
- Michigan Alpha, Delta, Delta-Tau, Epsilon, Gamma, Iota-Beta, Sigma-Sigma & Zeta
- Minnesota Alpha
- Mississippi Delta, Gamma & Sigma
- Missouri Alpha, Beta & Gamma
- Montana Alpha
- Nebraska Iota & Lambda-Pi
- Nevada Beta
- New Hampshire Alpha & Beta
- New Jersey Alpha
- New Mexico Tau
- New York Alpha, Chi, Delta, Epsilon, Omega, Pi, Phi, Rho & Zeta
- North Carolina Alpha, Chi, Mu, Nu, Sigma, Theta & Xi
- North Dakota Alpha & Beta
- Ohio Delta,Epsilon, Gamma, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Rho, Sigma, Tau & Theta
- Oklahoma Kappa & Mu
- Pennsylvania Alpha-Zeta, Chi-Omincron, Delta, Gamma, Omega, Phi, Sigma-Phi, Theta & Zeta
- Rhode Island Alpha & Gamma
- South Carolina Delta, Gamma, Phi, Nu & Upsilon
- South Dakota Theta
- Tennessee Alpha, Beta, Eta, Kappa, Lambda, Nu, Omega, Rho, Sigma, Tau & Zeta
- Texas Delta, Epsilon, Gamma, Rho, Sigma, Tau & Theta
- Utah Phi
- Vermont Alpha-Sigma-Pi & Beta
- Virgina Alpha, Kappa, Sigma, Tau & Zeta
- West Virgina Alpha, Beta & Omnicron
- Washington Beta & City Rho
- Wisconsin Alpha, Beta & Phi
- Wyoming Alpha