March 31st, 2020 – Revised April 16th, 2020


COVID-19 and the 2020 Convention 

We find ourselves in interesting times with the introduction of COVID-19 into our lives. Many of us are currently being asked or directed to shelter in place. This is calling into question events that we are planning, which includes our annual Convention that was scheduled to take place at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 

New York currently has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States with over 200,000. We have been communicating with the various stakeholders and have made the decision to make our 173rd Convention a virtual experience and will host the 174th Convention in Ithaca on the last weekend in July 2021. Although this may be new to many brothers, this is certainly not the first time Convention has been cancelled or altered in our history.

The 1917 and 1918 Conventions were cancelled because of the 1918 influenza pandemic and WWI. During WWII there were Administrative Councils created in the absence of Convention. With the virtual tools that exist, we fortunately have the opportunity to carry on the business of the Fraternity during these challenging times. 

As such, we are delaying ticketing for Convention and will be communicating the format of the 173rd Convention in the near future. Please feel free to check in for the status of our events. Please update your e-mail with us at to be informed. Thank you for your understanding as Theta Delta Chi wants to be a positive influence during this crucial time. We will renew in union our social joys when the time comes!

In the Bonds, 

Brian Bertges
Executive DIrector
Theta Delta Chi
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