What to Expect/Prepare to Attend

What to Expect

Read the Registration Beacon for complete details on what you need to know about attending Grand Chapter Congress. 

Arrival and Departure Suggestions

Ideal arrival time is Tuesday, August 13. On Tuesday morning, the GCC Service Event Project will take place. Registration is available from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Grand Chapter Congress “proper” begins Wednesday, August 14, with the Marketplace, and a day of educational and leadership programming beginning at 9:00 a.m. Delegate Orientation is Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. All Delegates and Alternates must attend this session. The Saturday Grand Banquet and Dance is the final scheduled Congress event. Departure should be planned no sooner than Sunday, August 18.  Refer to the tentative schedule for more details.

Banquet Seating

Reserve your Saturday night banquet seating. Banquet seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis and your requests will be honored based on availability. All persons you wish to sit with must also indicate in their request that they also wish to sit with you. The Host Committee will also be available during Congress for attendees to view table assignments and make changes. Seating assignments can be made up to 24-hours prior to the banquet. 

Community Service Events

Join us on Tuesday, August 13 from 9:00-12:00 p.m. to participate in the GCC Service Event Opportunity at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Activities include sorting and boxing food. Standing for long periods of time and lifting may be required. 

Support Delta Sigma Pi’s national service initiative, Ronald McDonald House Charities, by donating pop tabs, wish list items and gently used or new Delta Sigma Pi T-shirts on Wednesday through Thursday in the Marketplace. The T-shirts can be purchased on Friday in the Marketplace for $5 each. All proceeds, items and pop tabs will be donated the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you wish to avoid extra luggage expenses, you may ship your wish list donations directly to the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities -- be sure to bring a copy of your receipt for donation credit! 

Dress Requirements

Professional attire (traditionally a suit or dress) is required for the Thursday Business Sessions and National Honorary Initiation, as well as the Saturday Banquet and Dance. Business casual attire may be worn for the educational sessions on Wednesday; Friday Business Sessions and Saturday Business Sessions. Some of the Board of Directors, Regional Vice Presidents, staff, and others may wear formal attire for the Banquet and Dance on Saturday evening. Other participants are welcome to wear formal attire, but it is not required. Discounted tuxedo rentals have been arranged with Men's Warehouse. Review this promotional flyer for details. 

Merchandise Sales

Chapters may sell merchandise during designated times at a pre-assigned table only with advance reservations. A request may be made using the “GCC Chapter Sales Approval Form”, which is available in the Hub Forms Module until 7/1.  If the submitted form is approved, $25 per item being sold will be invoiced to the chapter – form and payment must be received by July 1. All sellers - collegians and alumni - must be fully registered for Grand Chapter Congress. Please review the merchandise policy to ensure you are in compliance.

Official Congress Merchandise

A Fraternity tradition is for Congress attendees to purchase a Deltasig Grand Chapter Congress “Headbar” and “Ladders” for each Congress they attend. The official Atlanta Congress pin is $5. Ordering in advance will ensure you get one, as they are limited, and will allow you to assemble the ladder more easily. You may also purchase items on-site at the Central Office Store. 


If you are looking for a roommate for Congress, email registration@dsp.org your name, age, gender, school, email and phone number.  Staff will accumulate the data and forward it to others seeking roommates. It is your responsibility to follow-up with contacts, make a hotel reservation, etc.  Delta Sigma Pi assumes no responsibility or liability regarding this optional service. 

Past Grand Chapter Congresses

View a listing of all past Grand Chapter Congresses.
Check out highlights from the 2017 Grand Chapter Congress in New Orleans. 

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