Who We Are: Symbols
Chi Omega's Crest was adopted in 1902.
Centered on the crest is the white carnation, with the Chi to the left and the Omega to the right of the flower. Above these symbols are both the skull and crossbones and the owl. Beneath the carnation are the five letters, Rho, Beta, Upsilon, Eta and Sigma. A laurel wreath, used by ancient Greeks to honor scholars and heroes, surrounds all of the emblems known and loved by Chi Omegas.
- Only initiated members may wear or use the crest.
- Only initiated members may use the crest on novelties, stationery and jewelry.
Chi Omega's flower is the white carnation. It was chosen for its pure, delicate white color and its rich, refreshing perfume.
Chi Omega's badge is a monogram of the Greek letter "Chi" superimposed over the Greek letter "Omega." The fourteen stones, always pearls or diamonds, are set into the badge. Dr. Charles Richardson, one of Chi Omega's Founders, crafted our first badge from dental gold.
- Placement: Wear the pin above all other pins and over the heart. Chapter guards should be located to the left and below the badge.
- Attire: Wear the pin with professional clothing -- dresses, suits, nice pants, etc. Do not wear pin with casual clothing -- jeans, t-shirts, jerseys, sweats or shorts.
- Order badge after Initiation.
- The badge is the property of Chi Omega Fraternity.
- Each member is required to have a badge, registered in her name. The only exception is that a member may wear the badge of her mother, sister or grandmother.
- Only initiated members may wear the badge.
The owl is the most recognizable symbol of Chi Omega.