On February 17, 1909, Tau Kappa Epsilon held its first Conclave in the Alpha chapter house living room at Illinois Wesleyan University as a celebration of Fraternity, chapter and member accomplishments. Aside from the opportunity to recognize the work accomplished over the biennium, Conclave continues to serve as the legislative system for proposed adjustments to The Black Book. Additionally, the Fraternity’s Grand Council (Board of Directors) is voted to serve a two-year term on one of eight available positions.
Originally attended by only a few dozen members, the Fraternity’s Greatest Spectacle has grown in pomp and circumstance over the past century. Today, Conclave is attended by nearly 800 members every biennium on odd-numbered years.
During August 6-9, 2015, New Orleans served as the host city for Conclave. Concluding the event, it was announced that New Orleans would once again serve as the host city during the next biennium. Thus, making the Crescent City the host of eight of the Fraternity’s 59 Conclaves.
At each Conclave, collegiate and alumni, friends and family members all are welcome to join the celebration. The four-day, three-night event includes a friends and family program touring the host city, a community service project, educational programming, and a Grand Inaugural ceremony to close.
Learn more about Conclave at tke.org/conclave.