Beta Theta Pi Installation Ceremony

Delta Lambda Chapter

Florida State University

About the Chapter

About the Chapter
Originally established in 1969, the Delta Lambda chapter of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity has called Florida State University home throughout its existence. Several hundred men have joined this brotherhood since its founding. While the chapter has had to close its doors once before, in its most recent history, Delta Lambda was recolonized in fall 2013 as a Men of Principle organization. Delta Lambda has remained an active organization and influence within the Florida State University fraternity and sorority life community and continues to build "men of principle for a principled life."

Most recently in Summer 2018, the men of Delta Lambda petitioned the General Convention for charter as a full-fledged chapter. The petition was successful, and the brotherhood continues to make positive strides after this recognition.

Beta Spirit

"Again, the Beta is distinguishable and distinguished from all other kinds of fraternity men whatsoever, by just a little warmer and stronger, just a little tenderer and more enduring fraternity feeling than any of them can attain to. For it was always so. I do not in the least know how it happened nor why it persisted after it happened, but a long time ago there came into Beta Theta Pi a fraternity spirit that was, and is, and apparently will continue to be unique... The first mark of a Beta will be his Beta spirit." - Willis O. Robb, Ohio Wesleyan 1879

The Event

The Event
Beta Theta Pi Installation Ceremony, Banquet, and Fraternal Fifties Celebration
Location: University Center Club Ballroom, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Delta Lambda Installation Ceremony, Banquet, & Fraternal Fifties Celebration will take at the Florida State University University Center Club Ballroom at the Doak Campbell Stadium. University Center Club Ballroom is located on the 3rd floor of University Center B at Doak Campbell Stadium and is located at 403 Stadium Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32306. More information about the University Center Club, including a map, can be found on their official website at this link: The space is accessed from the elevators inside the Visitors Center of University Center B. There are posted signs in the building and additional signage will be posted to make sure people know where to go. Parking is available directly in front of the building, both in student parking and visitor parking (located to the left and to the right of the building).

  • 4:30 pm: Brothers and honored guests can begin checking in at the University Center Club Ballroom.
  • 5:00 pm: The ritual ceremony (for Brothers and Alumni only)
  • A Reception for guests and Friends of Beta will take place concurrently.
  • 6:15 pm: The banquet will begin with a formal dinner and program (attire is Business Formal).
  • The night will end with the Fraternal Fifties Celebration.

Food and Beverage Details

Food and Beverage Details
A brief reception will occur an hour before the start of the banquet. A Cash Bar of beer and wine options will be available for guests ages 21 and older, as specified by the State of Florida.

All banquet attendees will be treated to a plated dinner, courtesy of the University Center Club catering services. All plated dinners include a House Salad and freshly baked breads and butter. Freshly brewed coffee (caffeinated and decaffeinated), hot tea (upon request), and sweet and unsweet tea will be available as refreshments.

Guests have the opportunity to select one of the following entrée options:
  • Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Chicken (which includes mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, fingerling potatoes, red wine demi-glace)
  • Bistro Steak (which includes marinated grilled beef sirloin, au poivre sauce, seasonal vegetable and buttermilk mashed potatoes)
  • Maple Glazed Salmon (which includes Wild Rice Mushroom Pilaf and Roasted Balsamic Broccoli)
  • Vegetarian Fettuccini (which includes Grilled portobello mushrooms, grape tomatoes, broccoli, squash, garlic and Parmesan cheese)
Dinner service will conclude with dessert. A choice of one of two desserts will be provided.
  • Southern Carrot Cake
  • New York Cheesecake (gluten-free)

RSVP & Lodging

RSVP & Lodging
Please have your RSVP and purchased ticket by January 11, 2019. Please click the following link to RSVP: 

Ticket prices are $40 per person for undergraduates and $50 per person for alumni and guests. Each brother is invited to bring a guest. Brothers can purchase tickets either online, check or money order. Make checks or money orders payable to: "Beta Theta Pi - Delta Lambda Chapter"; mail them addressed to Br. Rod Kelley - 2039 North Meridian Road, Apt. 180, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

Please complete ONLINE PAYMENT for your attendance at the Installation Banquet at this address:

For those seeking lodging accommodations (unfortunately, there are no package/block deals associated with this event), the chapter recommends a variety of local hotels that are located close to the University (e.g., Residence Inn by Marriott on Gaines Street, Hampton Inn & Suites on Railroad Avenue, Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels) as well as other local hotels (e.g., Hotel Duval, Home2Suites by Hilton). Hotel prices at each of the hotels vary, yet they should all carry substantial availability.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Rod Kelley #453 (Chapter Advisor) at or Cliff Wyllie #70 at