The National Pan-Hellenic Council Garden is a physical tribute to the Divine Nine and their organizational history on campus. The area is an outdoor space where students and alumni who are members of the NPHC can gather, hold special events, take pride in their organization and celebrate their heritage. The space will also serve to unite and educate students about the history of these diverse chapters.
The NPHC Garden is located on the North Lawn near Marston Science Library at the University of Florida.
The NPHC Garden was birthed out of the Black Student Affairs Task Force which suggested visual representation on campus for the National Pan-Hellenic Council like many other institutions across the country. Several student leaders within the NPHC have worked with architect firms, Student Activities and Involvement, and Sorority & Fraternity Affairs to develop the final design.
On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, in Washington DC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed as a permanent organization with the following charter members: Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities. In 1931, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternities joined the Council. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority joined in 1937 and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity completed the list of member organizations in 1997.
The stated purpose and mission of the organization in 1930 was “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” Early in 1937, the organization was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois and became known as “The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated.”
The University of Florida’s chapter of National Pan-Hellenic Council was chartered on February 23, 1993.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Founded at Cornell University in 1906
Theta Sigma Chapter | Chartered in August 9, 1973
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Founded at Howard University in 1908
Iota Lambda Chapter | Chartered in May 17, 1975
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Founded at Indiana University in 1911
Zeta Phi Chapter | Chartered in March 2, 1972
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Founded at Howard University in 1911
Omicron Zeta Chapter | Chartered in November 5, 1973
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Founded at Howard University in 1913
Lambda Psi Chapter | Chartered in March 11, 1975
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Founded at Howard University in 1914
Zeta Kappa Chapter | Chartered in March 1, 1974
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Founded at Howard University in 1920
Mu Epsilon Chapter | Chartered in April 3, 1974
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Founded at Butler University in 1922
Lambda Rho Chapter | Chartered in April 21, 1990
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Founded at Morgan State University in 1963
Gamma Omicron Chapter | Chartered in January 24, 1998