Ceremonies and Rituals
Members of Sigma Tau Gamma are bound together through a number of ceremonies and rituals that are based upon the Principles of the Fraternity. These are both public and private expressions of what members of Sigma Tau Gamma believe. Members should strive to live the Fraternity’s Ritual through their actions and habits.
4th Degree Ritual
Four weeks after the ritual of Initiation, the newest initiated Brothers complete the Path of Principles Membership Education program. Upon completion of the program, members participate in this ritual, which focuses on leadership and life-long membership. It is also here that the newest members are elevated to the status of Brother Leader.
Chain of Honor (New Alumni) Ritual
This ritual recognizes Brothers who will be graduating at the end of the semester and welcomes them into the ranks of Alumni status. Frequently this ritual is hosted by the chapter’s alumni association, normally with a public reception afterward.
This ceremony is where a candidate of the Fraternity becomes an Associate Member and occurs early in the Path of Principles Member Education Program, usually after receiving an accepting a bid for membership.
After an Associate Chapter achieves its benchmarks and is approved to charter (full-chapter recognition), the chapter hosts a banquet and the Chartering Ceremony. During this ceremony, the chapter receives their ritual materials and other chapter artifacts, and chapter officers are sworn in, and the chapter receives their official charter from the National President.
Eternal Light Ceremony*
Following the death of a Brother departed, this ceremony memorializes the Brother that has passed and offers individuals who knew him time to remember and reminisce.
This ritual is held at the end of the fourth week of the Path of Principles Member Education Program. Associate Members are elevated Brother and have full membership rights, which includes voting, meeting, and ability to hold officer positions.
Associate Chapter Installation Ceremony*
When new chapters form, staff, and chapter volunteers perform this ceremony which officially recognizes the newly established Associate Chapter, swears in Associate Chapter officers, and elevates recently recruited members to Associate Members.
Officer Installation Ritual
This ritual is the official swearing-in of new officers and commences their new term. This usually is the first meeting of the new calendar year and the start of spring semester.
Opening / Closing Meeting Ritual
This ritual is the official opening and closing of meetings at the local, regional, alumni, and national levels.
*Denotes public ceremony