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BC Graduates Sign Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility


Bridgewater College Graduates Sign Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

The 25th anniversary of students across the nation and around the world making a commitment to promote social and environmental responsibility in their future workplaces is being celebrated in 2012.

At Bridgewater College, 165 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 12 to publicly signify the commitment they have made to social and environmental responsibility. This marks the 11th 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.

According to Matthew Nicodemus, one of the original founders of the Pledge, “Taking the Pledge is not just signing a piece of paper or taking an abstract oath. It’s about making a lifelong commitment to pursue social and environmental responsibility in and for our real world.”

Taking the Pledge is entirely 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 to state universities to private research universities to schools outside the U.S. The Pledge is also in professional schools and high schools.

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