New Member Initiation Process

Note: Initiation Orders can only be placed by authorized DPA Chapter Representatives or Department or Program Chairs. Individual DPA members can order honor cords, replacement pins, and certificates here

Current Process for Initiation of New Members

1. Faculty Advisors Determine Eligibility at their local institution, conforming to national standards.
(Note: 1. Qualifications for new student members. 2. Qualifications for new Honorary Members)

2. Faculty Advisors send the names of qualified members to the national office electronically.  Students or chapters may also elect to order honor cords at this time. Students may order their own honor cords independently at any time.

(Please download the newest form directly from the website for each induction.) 

Electronic Order/Induction form for Chapters

Click above for a quick view, then DOWNLOAD form. This form cannot be edited online.

Email with questions.

Email completed form directly to

Payment is sent separately at a later date!

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, DPA is adjusting to help chapters and students.

Payment options

college/university pays by faculty personal check, institution check, ACH or credit card (no student checks)

-students pay via Square by credit card (We can bill students directly by email. If you wish to do this, send an email list along with the order for including the student emails. Please indicate who is ordering a cord so we may bill properly. For all billing inquiries, contact 

Mailing options (Please confirm where the order should be sent.)

-shipping included if mailed to chapter advisor at home or office

-pins, certificates, and cords can be mailed to individual students at home for an additional charge of $8.50 per student.   Please let us know whom to bill for this, the college/university or the students. Questions:

3. National Office mails certificates and cords to chapter advisor who conducts an induction at a pre-arranged time.

4. MODIFIED ABOVE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC Payment is sent separately and at a later date based on the options you choose. 1. Check or Money Order (Important: Send one check or money order for the total of fees!. Student checks are not accepted 2. Credit Card through a secure payment option. 3 ACH payment (Requires setup)

Fees for initiation through a chapter advisor:

Item Price
Membership  (regular or honorary-lifetime membership fee)Includes custom, embossed certificate and membership pin. $25 p.p.
Double Braided Honor Cord $10 p.p.
Supplementary DPA Honor Pin $5 p.p. (Note: All new initiates receive a membership pin)
Direct shipping to student $8.50 p.p.
Replacement Certificate $10
New Chapter Charter $25

Students or chapters may also elect to order honor cords at this time.

Students may order their own honor cords independently at any time.

Initiation times and dates are determined by the individual chapters. A copy of the “DPA Ritual” guidelines serves as a template for the initiation, but individual chapters determine their own details.

DURING COVID-19, Chapters may initiate virtually or in absentia!

Chapter advisors may order the initiation kit including a table runner, embossed initiation book, and pen in the online store. 

Chapter Initiation Kit


Individual DPA members can order honor cords, replacement pins and certificates here.

Delta Phi Alpha C/O Washington & Jefferson College

60 South Lincoln St.

Washington, PA 15301