Department of Languages

German Honor Society


The Theta Phi Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha

Delta Phi Alpha, the National Collegiate Honor Society (Deutsche Ehrenverbindung), was established at Wofford College on February 28, 1928 as the Deutscher Verein. Members of the Wofford group then began contacting German Clubs on other campuses, which subsequently led to the establishment Delta Phi Alpha in May of 1929. Since then, Delta Phi Alpha has sought “to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to humanity’s eternal search for peace and truth.”

Faculty Adviser: Prof. Harris King ( )

The Induction Ceremony, April 19, 2021

The Theta Phi Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha hosted the induction ceremony on April 19, 2021 via Zoom in keeping with safety measures of the ongoing global pandemic. We inducted the new member Anna Kadau, and the ceremony was attended by all German faculty members and two current Delta Phi Alpha members, Houston and Bennett. The ceremony was a welcome diversion from the stress and obligations at the end of the semester. The Theta Phi Alpha chapter plans to have an in-person meeting to celebrate Anna’s induction in the fall.


The Induction Ceremony, December 5, 2019

The Theta Phi Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha hosted the induction ceremony on December 5, 2019, in Daniel Hall of Clemson University. During the ceremony, Rachael Risinger, Bennett Meares, and Houston Everett were inducted, thus reactivating Clemson’s chapter after many years of inactivity.

The ceremony was held during the end of the semester holiday party hosted by the German Club. All students and faculty members present were able to celebrate the occasion with wonderful German food and with the singing of German carols.