"I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work."
The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states, "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work." Students define for themselves what it means to be socially and environmentally responsible.
Students at over a hundred colleges and universities are using the pledge at some level. Graduates, who voluntarily signed the pledge, have turned down jobs with which they did not feel comfortable and have worked to make changes once on the job. For example, they have promoted recycling at their organization, removed racist language from a training manual, worked for gender parity in high school athletics, and helped to convince an employer to refuse a chemical-weapons related contract.
To Graduating Students
If you would like to make a committment to social and environmental responsibility in your future careers, please sign the Graduation Pledge Alliance petition when you pick up your graduation material in Enrollment Services. Upon signing the petition, you will receive a commemorative green ribbon to wear during your graduation ceremony to show your support and commitment.
- Graduating Class of 2010: 156 student signatures - 56% of graduation students
- Graduating Class of 2011: 163 student signatures - 57% of graduation students
- Graduating Class of 2012: 117 student signatures - 40% of graduation students