Our History


Lambda chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon is Kenyon’s oldest fraternity. Since our founding in 1852 we have served as active members of Kenyon’s Greek Community. Over the years hundreds of Lambda Dekes have passed through Kenyon ultimately graduating as “friends from the heart forever.” We strive for excellence in all aspects of college life and take pride in our long history of academic achievement and community service.

Our Goal:
The Cultivation of General Literature and Social Culture, the Advancement and Encouragement of Intellectual Excellence, the Promotion of Honorable Friendship and Useful Citizenship, the Development of a Spirit of Tolerance and Respect for the Rights and Views of Others, the Maintenance of Gentlemanly Dignity, Self-Respect, and Morality in All Circumstances, and the Union of Stout Hearts and Kindred Interests to Secure to Merit its Due Reward.

While we live in the West Wing of Old Kenyon with the Bull’s Eye in room 403 as the center of our group activities, we call the Lodge in Gambier home. The lodge is fraternity property and open only to brothers. Each new member of the fraternity gains access to the Lodge only after they have completed the sacred pledge education process and are initiated as a brother of the fraternity for life.

We stay involved in the Kenyon community by organizing a series of charitable events, hosting social functions, and serving in leadership roles across campus life. At the Shawn Kelly Christmas Party, thrown annually in honor of a deceased brother, Lambda-Dekes provide Christmas presents to hundreds of underprivileged children in Knox County. In addition to the all-campus social functions we host every year in the West Wing Lounge of Old Kenyon, Lambda Dekes can be found across campus participating as Collegiate athletes, members of student government, and even as part of campus bands. We take great pride in our presence across campus life and support our brothers in all of their campus wide efforts.