The Pig Dinner Tradition

Phi Gamma Delta's Norris Pig Dinners are the most widely observed and longest continually running, chapter-based, annual graduate event in the Greek world. The first Pig Dinner was held at the University of California Berkeley in 1893. In 1902, the Pig Dinner was dedicated in memory of Frank Norris (California Berkeley 1894), whose sense of humor created the event that has become an annual ceremony throughout Phi Gamma Delta.

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The execution and success of Pig Dinner is strongly affected by the planning process. Like most events, early planning is the key to a successful turnout.


Since the 1890s, Phi Gamma Delta has led the Greek world in long-lasting traditions through a rich history. Today, our brothers continue these historic traditions to make the Frank B. Norris Pig Dinner the longest-running Greek tradition in existence.

Learn more about the History of the Frank B. Norris Pig Dinner and Pig Dinner Traditions.

 Chairman Responsibilities

During the planning process, the Pig Dinner Chairman has a set list of responsibilities that need to be completed.

Responsibilities of the Pig Dinner Chairman

 Graduate Outreach

The focus of Pig Dinner is on the reunion of graduate brothers and the celebration of senior brothers. Find ways to engage your own chapter graduates as well as graduates living in the surrounding area.

Here is what you should know about reaching your graduates!

 Graduate Recognition

Graduate brothers who embody the motto of “not for college days alone” should be recognized and awarded for their contributions to the chapter and Fraternity, including anniversaries for 25 and 50 years of membership.

Awards and Owl Recognition


Like most events, a program that is focused, neatly organized and short can create structure for your Frank B. Norris Pig Dinner.

Click here for suggestions for a successful program and view a sample program.

 IHQ's Graduate Communication Services

The International Headquarters staff is always available to help our chapters succeed and grow. Visit the Graduate Communication Services page for a description of the services provided to our chapters by our Coordinator of Communications.


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James Madison Pig Dinner

Saturday, October 2, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Hotel Madison Ballroom
710 S Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Contact: Jack Allen (202) 674-5878
Calendar: Phi Gamma Delta Calendar
Category: Pig Dinners
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