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BC's 2013 Graduates Sign Pledge of Social & Environmental Responsibility

Bridgewater College seniors are joining students across the nation and around the world making a commitment to promote social and environmental responsibility in their future workplaces.

At Bridgewater College, 129 seniors have signed the Graduation Pledge. Seniors who sign the pledge receive a certificate and a green ribbon to wear at commencement on Saturday, May 18, to signify the commitment they have made to social and environmental responsibility. This marks the 12th year that Bridgewater graduates have participated.

“I think the Graduation Pledge is a great fit with Bridgewater’s mission of empowering our students to live ethical lives in a global society,” said BC Chaplain Robert Miller. “Simply signing the pledge makes no difference at all, but the choices this commitment leads to could just change the world.”

Started in 1987 at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility reads as follows: “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 organizations for which I work.”

Since that initial year, more than 200,000 students have signed the Graduation Pledge.

Taking the Pledge is voluntary and allows students to determine for themselves what they consider to be socially and environmentally responsible.  

More than 100 institutions participate, from liberal arts colleges and state universities to private research universities and schools outside the U.S. The Pledge is also available to take in professional schools and high schools.

Posted 5/16/13

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