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Acacia Fraternity, Inc., is a social fraternity founded in 1904 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by undergraduate Freemasons. It was originally open only to men who had taken the Masonic obligations. However, the Masonic prerequisite was removed in 1933.  Early chapters were named alphabetically using Hebrew letters; these first 26 chapters at their option continue to use their historical designations today, while younger chapters are named after their associated college or university.

Symbolism and Motto

The crest of Acacia depicts a three taper candelabrum surrounded by a wreath of Acacia. Below a shield of old gold, on fess cottised sable three 3-4-5 right triangles. Below the shield is a blue ribbon holding the motto of the fraternity in Greek: ΩΦΕΛΟΥΝΤΕΣ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ (“Human Service” or “In Service of Humanity”).

Membership Badge

The present Acacia badge is a right triangle of the first quadrant whose sides are of the proportions 3, 4, 5, with the shortest side being the base. The sides are set with twelve pearls—three on the base, four on the altitude, and five on the hypotenuse. The corners are set with garnets. Within the triangle are three small right triangles of the same proportion, outlined in gold on a black enamel background.



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