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180th Anniversary Convention

Where: Westin DC City Center, 1400 M St NW, 20005
When: August 8-11, 2024
Who: Undergraduates (DKE Standards) and Alumni

DKE Convention is the biennial gathering of undergraduate and alumni members of the Fraternity. Attendees come together to discuss the business of the Fraternity and enjoy educational and social activities as a brotherhood. Convention also provides an opportunity for members to build relationships, share ideas, and celebrate the fraternity’s history and traditions. The 180th Convention will be a grand affair, blending small group learning, keynotes, and opportunities to explore DKE’s connections to the U.S. capital city. Join us as we celebrate 180 years of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. For more information, read on or contact education@dke.org.

Event Venue & Travel Details

Transportation: DC Metro or Uber if flying into DCA or Metro if flying into Dulles (suggested airports). The DC Metro has a station at Reagan National Airport  and a station about a 10-min walk to the hotel for about $3 one way. Attendees can download a digital train pass to their phone. Attendees may also drive to the event and pay the daily parking fee ($25-30/day at nearby, off-site garages; $60/day at Westin).

Lodging Information

Each chapter may have up to 4 attendees in their assigned room. Chapters sending more than four attendees will need to secure another room. Alumni attending the full program should book their own lodging.

Rooms in the DKE block at the Westin are first come, first claimed. We may be able to get the hotel to honor our rate after all rooms are claimed. You may also stay at another location nearby.

Contact education@dke.org for rooming questions.

Attendee Types and Registration

Click below to read more about the attendee types available for the 180th Convention. Please note that registration prices may be adjusted based on final program details. 

Fee: Registration is paid for in the chapter’s Spring 2024 event fee. 

Attendance: Chapters must send two official delegates to represent their chapter at Convention. The first two registrants will be considered official delegates. All others will be considered “non-delegate attendees” and must pay the non-delegate fee.

Included: Hotel from Aug 8-11 (3 nights), Friday and Saturday lunches, Thursday evening opening reception, Saturday night special event

Not included: Transportation, breakfasts and dinners, other incidentals

Official Chapter Delegates (2) Delegate Registration Info

Fee: $300 registration fee

Attendance: Registrants for a chapter after the first 2 will be considered “non-delegate” attendees; any active or associate member of DKE is invited to attend the 180th Convention

Included in Fee: Friday and Saturday lunches, Thursday evening opening reception, access to all sessions and activities, Saturday night special event (as tickets are available)

Not included: Transportation, breakfasts and dinners, other incidentals

Hotel note: DKE will have rooms reserved for Convention delegates; additional UG attendees can reserve a separate room at the Westin at their expense, bunk with their chapter delegates (up to 4 people), or secure their own lodging elsewhere in the city

Additional Delegates (3+) Non-delegate UG Info

Fee: $300 registration fee

Attendance: Any alumnus DKE is invited to attend the 180th Convention

Included in Fee: Friday and Saturday lunches, Thursday evening opening reception, access to all sessions and activities, Saturday night special event (as tickets are available)

Not included: Transportation, breakfasts and dinners, hotel room, other incidentals

Hotel note: DKE will have a limited amount of rooms reserved for Convention attendees at the Westin or you may secure your own lodging in the city

Alumnus Info - Full Program Alumnus Info - Full Program

Fee: $60/person

Attendance: Any member of DKE is invited to attend the opening reception of the 180th Convention (Thursday, August 8th at 6pm)

Included: First hour open bar, second hour cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, networking with all Convention attendees 

Guests: Registrants can bring up to 2 guests each (must pay fee for each).

Thursday Reception Only Thursday Reception Only

Opening Grand Reception

University Club of DC
1135 16th St NW
Thursday, August 8th
5:30 – 8:00pm

In lieu of a closing banquet, we will open with a grand reception with heavy apps and refreshments, an opportunity to meet our weekend keynote partners, and presentations from key DKE figures.

Register above to secure your spot. We look forward to celebrating 180 years of bonds and brotherhood with you!

Schedule at-a-glance

Balancing Learning & Engagement

In order to ensure a worthwhile experience, the staff are working to balance learning activities with brotherhood activities. Generally, learning activities will occur between 10am and 3pm with opportunities for individual and small group interactions in the afternoons and evenings.

Program Details App

Educational Activities

Hover over this card to learn more about the educational activities of the 180th Convention.

Keynotes, Breakouts, and More

DKE History • Ritual • Meet the Board • DekeConnect • Chapter Excellence • Mental Health • DKE Property Group • DKE Finances • Recruitment • Health & Safety...and much more!

Social Activities

Hover over this card to learn more about the social activities of the 180th Convention.

Welcome Reception and Other Things

Opening Reception on Thursday, "Do DC" Passport Challenge, Saturday night Nationals Baseball game for the first 100 registrants, and lots of down time to interact with brothers across the Fraternity

Saturday Night Special Event

To end our time together at Convention, the first 100 registrants will receive a complimentary ticket to the Nationals v. Angels baseball game! The game starts at 6:45pm, and DKE attendees can utilize the DC Metro or ride-share to the Nationals Park any time before the gates open. 

Make sure to register soon to be part of this grand affair to close our time together in the U.S. Capital City!

"DO DC" Passport Challenge

Want to make the most of your time in DC? Complete the “DO DC” passport challenge while you’re here. See many of the notable places in the U.S. national capital, post your photos in the Event App, get featured by DKE IHQ’s national publications!

FAQ and Other Information

Undergraduate chapters and associate chapters are expected to send their Brother Beta and a secondary delegate to the 180th Convention, or at least two representatives from their chapter.

Additional undergraduates and alumni members are also invited to attend!

Registration: All cost information is outlined above as it relates to registration fees and what is or is not included.

Travel: Chapters are responsible for providing funding for their delegates’ travel to the 180th Convention. Some scholarships may be available on a needs-basis. (more information soon) and we will connect with chapters who have CEF funds available. We encourage alumni engagement for fundraising and are happy to assist if needed.

Hotel: DKE staff are working to create a reservation link with the event venue for a limited number of rooms. The event rate is $169/night before taxes and fees. Non-delegate and alumni attendees may also secure their own room at the event venue or secure rooms at other hotels in the city.

Parking: The Westin has a valet-only system that is $60/night. There are 24-hr garages nearby that are $30/day.

Ground Transportation: We recommend utilizing the Metro (train) while in the city to minimize costs. 

Meals: Due to the variability of meal attendance at DKE events, the program will only include lunches for Friday and Saturday. There is a restaurant on site for breakfast and dinner and a Starbucks station in the lobby for coffee. There are also many excellent local dining options we encourage you to explore at a variety of price points.

Attendees to the 180th Convention must complete the registration form and respond to any follow-up inquiries as may be deemed necessary by event staff. Please see the toggle menu of attendee types above for more information.

Interested in hosting a local event?

Please contact Director of Alumni Services, Craig Dick, at craig@dke.org.

Interested in making a gift?

To the Deke Foundation in honor of our 175th Anniversary? Click here to give!
Registration Now Open

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Register now for the full Convention program or just the opening reception. Your attendance is highly anticipated and we look forward to a full weekend of all things DKE.