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Symbols and Insignia

THE OFFICIAL COLORS

The Official Colors of Iota Phi Theta are Charcoal Brown (PMS 469) and Gilded Gold (PMS 871 Metallic).

 

 

THE SHIELD OF IOTA PHI THETA

The Shield of Iota Phi Theta (significantly, not a “crest” or “Coat of arms”) is the most commonly used symbol of the Fraternity. Its connotation, or meaning, is revealed by the initiation ritual. The Shield may be used only by official members of the fraternity on stationery, jewelry, and other personal effects. It is used by the fraternity upon its official stationery, membership certificates, and other documents. Designed by Founder Charles Briscoe, the Shield of Iota Phi Theta was modified slightly several times during the early years of the Fraternity.

 

THE CENTAUR

Besides the Fraternity Shield, the next most readily identifying symbol of Iota Phi Theta is The Centaur. A Mythical beast with the head and torso of a man, and the body of a stallion, The Centaur is near and dear to all Men of Iota Phi Theta and its mythology, characteristics, and legacy are a binding force within the Brotherhood. Additionally, Iota Phi Theta intakees are referred to as Centaurs. (Note: The Centaur can appear in Green, Brown, or Gold but must ALWAYS have Red eyes.)

 

THE YELLOW ROSE

The Yellow Rose is the official flower of the Fraternity. The rose was chosen by Eternal Sweetheart, Ms. Audrey Brooks.

 

 

 

THE HYMN OF IOTA

The Hymn of Iota was composed in 1963 by Brother Richard Johnson. To download the sheet music for the Hymn of Iota please click here. To hear the Hymn in MP3 format, please click here.

 

THE HAND SIGN

This is the official hand-sign of Iota Phi Theta. It is used by Brothers as a means of recognition and identification