Path of Principles
The purpose of Sigma Tau Gamma is to be a fraternity of courageous and noble gentlemen who always endeavor forward. The Path of Principles supports this mission as a lifelong member development program.
The first eight weeks of the program challenges associate members to promote the highest ideals of brotherhood and demonstrate an abiding spirit in which all things in life are done and possible. Content is covered during weekly associate meetings held separate from the chapter meeting.
Each week’s information is organized into tasks completed individually and with fellow new members. Participation in activities, meetings, and ceremonies complement the week’s curriculum which surrounds the set of six Principles that express and guide our personal and fraternal aspirations.
He is committed to the pursuit of wisdom and seeks to afford the environment for learning in all his personal and professional endeavors. He knows full well the obligation he has taken and attempts to pass what he has learned to others, knowledge that will rule and mold his thoughts, acts, and deeds. He is focused and goal oriented.
He lives a life of personal integrity perfecting a structure of honor and living by the highest standard that keeps our Brotherhood alive, for, without it, we could not rely on each other or advance our cause. A man with integrity is an honorable man who lives up to promises made – to others and himself. He is confident, ethical, and honest.
He consistently strives for superior performance and does not shrink from adversity or lofty goals. He is a man who is dedicated and purposeful who carries an unblemished reputation among men. His actions serve as an example and standard bearer for others. He is curious and bold.
He is compelled by a sacred trust and duty to develop good leaders for the world. He is a man who is humble and makes others feel like they are truly a part of something special. He is the defender of good from evil. He is always prepared to lend assistance to a Brother in need. He is courageous, innovative, and strategic.
He is an outward defender of the common man and cares about more than just himself, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to serving his fraternity, college, and country. He is charitable in the broadest sense of the word, knowing those so richly blessed have an obligation to serve those less fortunate. He is generous and kind.
He loves his fraternity and seeks to enhance the worth of belonging for others. His actions are emblematic of our shield, a protector of our secrets and our life-long commitment to one another. He holds our ideals in high regard and is forever bonded within the Chain of Honor. He is respectful and dignified and proudly represents the fraternity in all his affairs. He is loyal and proud.
Life Long Learning
It is important to understand that learning should never end, especially in our understanding of Sigma Tau Gamma and the Fraternity’s purpose. You will have the opportunity to exemplify our Principles many times throughout your membership. Keeping in mind that the Path of Principles is a lifelong member development program, consider recording your progress with your Member Record and Manual throughout your collegiate and alumni years.
As an undergraduate member of Sigma Tau Gamma, you earn your first six points by completing the initial eight weeks of the Path of Principles program. For each semester after that until graduation, you have the opportunity to earn one point in each Principle category each semester toward the next level.
Earn one point for each semester of collegiate membership.
Earn one point for each semester with a 2.75 GPA or better.
Earn one point for each semester serving in an elected chapter or campus office.
Earn one point for participating in a Fraternity or inter-fraternal conference (not campus-based).
Earn one point for each semester you complete 10 hours of charitable service.
Earn one point for each semester that your dues and fees are paid in full on time.
Path of Principles Ritual Stole
Newly initiated members receive the ritual stole during the 4th Degree of Initiation and it is only to be worn by initiated members of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. Initiated members wear the stole during the authorized ritual of the Fraternity (with a shirt and tie, a suit or tuxedo) and with their cap and gown during university graduation, if allowed by their institution.
All members are encouraged to purchase a Ritual Stole, but it is not required. At a minimum, each Chapter should own a Ritual Stole for every member with a speaking role during the ritual, as well as enough stoles to ensure each new member has one to use for the 4th Degree of Initiation.
Chevrons affixed to the Ritual Stole indicate a Brother’s Path of Principles level advancement.
Light Blue – Pilot & Pilot Advanced – Brother Pilot
Yellow – Guide & Guide Advanced – Brother Guide
Red – Senior & Senior Advanced – Brother Senior
Grey – Advisor & Advisor Advanced – Brother Advisor
Dark Blue – Elder & Elder Advanced – Brother Elder
Bronze – Chief & Chief Advanced – Brother Chief
Silver – Commander & Commander Advanced – Brother Commander
Gold – Superior – Brother Superior