Beta Kappa-University of Maryland - College Park

A life of character. A bond of brotherhood. A lifetime of support.

Kappa Alpha Order is among the oldest and most respected fraternities in the Greek system. We have held to our founding principles for almost 150 years, and have produced some of the finest men in our nation.

Our standards are high, and we only accept the most dedicated, the most honest, the most willing to grow and learn what it means to be a life-long brother.

Our mission is 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.

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“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.”

Robert E. Lee