The Founders of Alpha Phi Omega chose recognizable objects to symbolize or represent the essence of our guiding principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service, as well as the other treasured ideals that we seek to uphold. These symbols, imbued with historical and traditional notability, hold meanings and attributes that have proven immutable, just as the principles and ideals they represent have stood the test of time.
This badge, worn by thousands of Alpha Phi Omega members, is regarded as the “Emblem of Campus Service.” Students and faculty alike recognize and respect the activities for which it stands.
The ideals of Alpha Phi Omega are embodied in our coat-of-arms. Those who have passed through the ritual know that the coat-of-arms encapsulates the very essence of this great organization.
Our Jewel - THE DIAMOND | The most precious of all gemstones, the Diamond represents brilliance, luster, and the constant appreciation in value. When given, the Diamond is an expression of the greatest gift of love.
Our Flower - THE FORGET-ME-NOT | A perennial flower with royal blue blossoms, the Forget-Me-Not is everlasting and always remembered.
Our Tree - THE STURDY OAK | Starting from a small acorn, the Oak Tree emerges stately, sturdy, and sheltering. The desire to serve sprouts from what seems an inconsequential decision to join Alpha Phi Omega and soon becomes an unshakeable lifelong commitment.
Our Colors - BLUE AND GOLD | Our colors are Royal Blue, to represent elegance and as a sign of pure deed and thought; and Old Glory Gold, to symbolize high value, respect, royalty, and as a sign of love.
Our Bird - THE GOLDEN EAGLE | At the 1976 National Convention of APO USA, the delegates declared the Golden Eagle as a new symbol of Alpha Phi Omega. Often used as a standard or as part of the seal of a nation, the Golden Eagle symbolizes strength, gracefulness, keenness of vision, and endurance.