GREEK LIFE: What is a Probate?

In college, you will come across many new things. One of which is Greek Life. There are nine historically Black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. These organizations include.

·      Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Founded 1906, Cornell University
·      Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Founded 1908, Howard University
·      Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Founded 1911, Indiana University
·      Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Founded 1911, Howard University
·      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Founded 1913, Howard University
·      Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Founded 1914, Howard University
·      Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Founded 1920, Howard University
·      Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Founded 1922, Butler University
·      Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Founded 1963, Morgan State University

These organizations are referred to as "The Divine Nine." When there are new members in each organization, they are introduced to the campus during a probate.
 
A probate is a new member presentation where the newest members present history, reveal who they are and often step or stroll.  It is an exciting time for the Greek community when new members join. Watch the videos below to see four recent Probates from each NPHC Sorority!

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Delta Sigma Theta

Zeta Phi Beta

Sigma Gamma Rho

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