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Diamonds Walkway

The Diamonds Walkway

The Walkway symbolizes UD tradition and loyalty to honor and recognize members who have been in the Society for five consecutive years at any privilege level. To find your brick in the Diamonds Walkway, click here.

Delaware Diamonds Society

Established in 1974, the Delaware Diamonds Society is a recognition society devoted to encouraging exemplary levels of financial support among alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University of Delaware. It pays tribute to those who contribute $1,000 or more annually on a consistent basis.

Membership is renewable annually based on cumulative gifts made to the University in a fiscal year. Corporate matching gifts are credited toward individual membership, and spousal giving counts toward household membership.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, 3,716 individual Delaware Diamonds Society members pledged and contributed more than $18.1 million.

Society members supported 665 allocations, including scholarships, colleges, departments, athletics, research, student groups and other programs.

View the Delaware Diamonds Society Honor Roll for a list of our 2013-2014 academic year donors.


The University of Delaware’s special privileges are eligible to leadership donors who make an annual (July 1 - June 30) financial commitment to UD of $1,000 or more.

In addition to invitations to select Blue Hen athletic events; special entrances to the Delaware Stadium; preferred seating at select concerts and events in the Bob Carpenter Center; Delaware Diamonds Society members receive discounts at the following Newark establishments:

Barnes & Noble UD Bookstore
As a Society member, you will receive a 10% discount on all UD merchandise and general books when you bring your card to the Bookstore at 83 E. Main Street.

Caffé Gelato
Main Street dining at its best is yours when you bring your Society card to Caffé Gelato at 90 E. Main Street for 15% off lunch.

Courtyard Marriott, Newark, Delaware
Stay at the Courtyard Marriott in Newark and receive 10% off the prevailing room rate at all times. You’ll also get VIP program discounts for services in the hotel. Delaware Diamonds Privileges Card required at check-in.

Vita Nova Restaurant
At Vita Nova, you’ll enjoy fine dining prepared by UD’s students of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Society members get a 10% discount on meals. You must dine while classes are in session. The restaurant is located in the Trabant Student Center at 17 West Main Street.

President's Authors Series
President Harker invites exploration of the written, published works of alumni and faculty of UD by inviting authors to speak to an audience of leadership donors. Besides illuminating the book’s topic and the process of writing and publishing, the author and audience meet in a cocktail reception and book signing. Hosted twice per year on the Newark campus of the University of Delaware, submissions from alumni and faculty may be sent to Robin Wray at

Additional Delaware Diamonds Society privileges include being listed in the President’s Report on Philanthropy, membership in the Bob Carpenter Club and a commermorative Diamonds Walkway Brick with name recognition at Old College after five consecutive years as a Society member.

For information about the Delaware Diamonds Society, contact Dave Morris, senior associate director, leadership giving, at 302-831-2104 or

Delaware Diamonds are recognized according to the following levels:

Contributor $1,000 - $1,499 * **
Recognition in the President’s Report on Philanthropy, plus

  • Special discounts with Delaware Diamonds Society Privileges Card
  • Members-only admission to the Bob Carpenter Club
  • Special entrances to Delaware Stadium
  • Preferred seating at select concerts/events at Bob Carpenter Center
  • Delaware Diamonds Society blue & gold lapel pin

Fellow $1,500 - $2,499
All Contributor privileges, plus

  • President’s Authors Series invitations
  • Invitation to annual Delaware Diamonds Society Reception

Benefactor $2,500 - $4,999
All Fellow privileges, plus

  • Invitation and insider access to a select Blue Hen athletic event

Patron $5,000 - $9,999
All Benefactor privileges, plus

  • Invitation and insider access to select UD cultural event
  • Delaware Diamonds Society platinum lapel pin

Ambassador $10,000 - $24,999
All Patron privileges, plus

  • Invitation to annual Delaware Diamonds Society dinner
Visionary $25,000 - $49,999
All Ambassador privileges, plus

  • Invitation to small-gathering luncheon with President Harker

Founder $50,000 - $99,999
All Visionary privileges, plus

  • Invitation to salon dinner with President & Mrs. Harker at their home

Pacesetter $100,000+
All Founder privileges, plus

  • Diamond Honoree at annual Delaware Diamonds Society Dinner

*UD undergraduate alumni who graduated in the last ten years can be members with cumulative annual giving totaling $500 or more | ** UD current undergraduate students can be members with cumulative annual giving totaling $250 or more