Sacred Path

Celebrating 100 years of Sacred Path! Since the spring of 1919, Douglass students, staff, and faculty have gathered at the end of the academic year to celebrate the “moving up” of the classes, when first-year students officially become sophomores, sophomores become juniors, and juniors become seniors. In the early days, first-year students were not allowed to walk along the path between College Hall and George Street—the Sacred Path—until the night of the ceremony, when they were escorted by upper-class women. Today, our ceremony includes student awards, the distribution of class charms, the ceremonial walking of Sacred Path by torchlight, and participation in the Old Pinecone Tradition. Join your class—wearing your respective class color—and receive the charm that symbolizes your class during this cherished Douglass event. The event will be followed by a reception in Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center.

Save The Date

Sacred Path will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in Voorhees Chapel, followed by a reception at Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center.

Sacred Path Colors and Charms


First Year

Color: White
Charm: Lantern
The light inside the lantern is the knowledge that illuminates the world around you. As Douglass women, it will burn brightly and grow with intensity throughout your life. True light burns White, which is the color of the First Year class.




Color: Pink
Charm: Clock
The clock is a symbol of your time here at Douglass. The color Pink is to remind you to embrace every day to the fullest, as well as the opportunities that come along with it.




Color: Red
Charm: Key
The key is to be carried with you throughout your upcoming Senior year, and far beyond that. The Junior Class color is Red, which symbolizes energy, courage, passion and leadership.




Color: Black
Charm: Mortarboard
Seniors wear black to symbolize their passage through not only all of the Sacred Path colors, but also to commemorate the experiences you have had here at Douglass.




Color: Green
Charm: Ivy
The ivy leaf symbolizes the intertwining and continual growth of our sisterhood as Alumnae of Douglass. The green represents tranquility, health, peace and life.