The alumnae society program, unveiled at Convention 2005, is Omega Phi Alpha’s way to recognize and honor those alumnae sisters who continue to live the cardinal principles each day of their lives, years after their formal initiation into the sorority. The alumnae society induction is performed at every national Convention. Outside of Convention, the event is known as Digging for Diamonds (D4D), a weekend-long reunion held in different parts of the country each year. The weekend reunion event usually includes a meet and greet, show and tell, service project, workshops, banquet and induction ceremony.
Created by Susan Terzian Award recipients Sheila Beazley Bush Driller (Epsilon) and Ann DeMatteo (Beta), the alumnae society induction ceremony is conducted to honor OPA members who have reached milestone anniversaries of their activation date—when they became sisters. Celebrating from their activation date recognizes their lifelong membership of Omega Phi Alpha, by including years of active collegiate membership as well as years of alumna membership.
Alumnae sisters who have reached one of these milestones and who are able to attend the next national Convention or Digging for Diamonds should contact the vice president of alumnae relations to schedule their induction. Alumnae who have been inducted into an alumnae society are eligible to add a jewel to their alumnae pin to reflect their society membership.
Digging for Diamonds 2017 was held in Atlanta, GA, Feb. 24-26. Visit OPA’s Facebook page for photos.
Digging for Diamonds 2016 was held in Norwalk, CT, April 15-17. Click here for a photo gallery.
View photos from the Nashville Digging for Diamonds 2015 in the spring 2015 Chevron.