Symbols of Sigma Tau Gamma
The Coat of Arms
The coat of arms was adopted in 1927 and modified in 1954. The colors are blue, silver, red and yellow. The Coat of Arms may be depicted in one color, provided that the colors are symbolized by lines and dots according to heraldic practice. Blue of the approximate hue of the badge, silver or black are considered appropriate for single-color use. The symbolism of the coat of arms is explained in the Ritual. The original coat of arms, as adopted in 1925, featured a handshake, a lamp of knowledge, the founding date and a chain of five links symbolizing the number of chapters at the time of the first convention.
The badge is the most prominent symbol of membership. Adopted in 1927, it consists of a shield with four points, which may have a gold of pearl border and may be further embellished with sapphires or rubies. The standard badge is furnished upon payment of the initiation fee to the Fraternity. Jeweled badges may be ordered through the Fraternity headquarters. Proof of membership is required.
The associate pin, which is worn by associate members of the Fraternity until initiation, is a silver and blue shield. The symbolism of the associate pin is explained in the Ritual. Associate pins may be purchased through the Headquarters office.
National Sigma Tau Gamma Flag
The Fraternity's flower is the white rose. Its meaning is explained in the Ritual. Each chapter traditionally holds an annual White Rose banquet and dance. The chapter's sweetheart, known as the White Rose Sweetheart, is crowned at the dance and serves as the chapter's official hostess throughout the year. Each chapter is encouraged to nominate its sweetheart for the title of "Rose of Sigma Tau," who is selected from among all other chapter sweethearts. The "Rose of Sigma Tau" is the Fraternity's guest at the national meeting and is crowned at the annual Awards Banquet.