KA Mission Statement
“Kappa Alpha Order seeks to create a lifetime experience which centers on reverence to God, duty, honor, character and gentlemanly conduct as inspired by Robert E. Lee, our spiritual founder.”
Robert E. Lee's Definition of a Gentleman
“The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman.
The power which the strong have over the weak, the employer over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even the clever over the silly - the forbearing or inoffensive use of all of this power or authority, or a total abstinence from it when the case admits it, will show the gentleman in a plain light.
The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He cannot only forgive, he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past. A true man of honor feels humbled when he cannot help humbling others.”
Our founders sought to emulate the ideal Christian gentleman and in so doing recognized the importance of having a deep reverence for God. Our motto, “Dieu et Les Dames” means “God and the ladies” and reflects our commitment to the ideals of modern chivalry as a contemporary order of knights.
The men of Kappa Alpha Order are known as the gentlemen of the fraternity world. A KA, through his gentility, should always be distinguished by his modern chivalric characteristics.
At the heart of the code of chivalry and the fabric of KA is service to those in need. Through community service, volunteerism and commitment to philanthropy, KAs aim to serve those around them as students and citizens.
We teach our members to be leaders among men, on campus, in their communities, and throughout life. Through bravery and self-reliance, KAs strive to lead their lives with honor, and when given the opportunity, to lead others with humility, integrity, and justice.
The philosophy of our Order is that the acquisition of knowledge and the development of character are the great goals of life. Our focus on the cultivation of knowledge manifests itself through academic achievement on campus, growth and success in our careers, and the positive impact we have in the communities where we reside.
“Onward” is ever our stance despite the danger and difficulty that life often brings. KAs understand that anything in life worth attaining will take hard work, dedication, and determination, whether in the classroom, the community, or throughout the endeavors of life.
Excellence is our aim and “Upward” is the direction that we continually strive. No matter the situation or circumstance, KAs work to attain excellence and to overcome the temptation to settle for mediocrity. We exemplify this commitment through leadership and service to others, with a vision to make the world a brighter place in which to work and live.