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Graduation Pledge

Graduation Pledge

Do you want to continue to learn, lead, and serve beyond UD? Then the Grad Pledge is for you! The Graduation Pledge Alliance intends to "build a global community of graduates whose commitment to social and environmental responsibility in the workplace and in the rest of their lives is helping to build a healthy, sustainable, and just world."

You can sign the pledge digitally below.

Sign the Pledge

Why Should I Pledge?

It is imperative, given the challenges facing the next generation, that fundamental shifts in societal values must occur. The Graduation Pledge is a life-long promise. It is a promise to consider the consequences of our decisions and how we may begin to create a sustainable society for generations to come. As forbearers of the future, students are in an ideal position to consciously make individual contributions and, collectively, can make all the difference in the world. In our increasing close knit global community, environmental and social issues affect our neighbors close and far. Threats of global warming, disease outbreaks such as AIDS, increasing shortages of food and water in developing nations are all pressing issue today. There are many ways for college graduates to get involved in helping to solve these problems. The Graduation Pledge is one of the easiest ways for the graduate to become involved. Regardless of where the graduate ends up, the Pledge can guide them in bettering the organization they are involved with. Little steps like this can add up to having a huge impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when did the Pledge start?

The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility started in 1987 at Humboldt State University. It has since spread to many colleges, universities, and other schools around the world, under the guidance and coordination of the Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA).

How Many Seniors Last Year Signed the Pledge?

Last year, 263 seniors signed the pledge at the University of Dayton and joined the national alliance for societal change. 

Information for Underclassmen

Are you a junior, sophomore or first-year student who is interested in the Graduation Pledge? While you may not be able to pledge until your graduation year, there are other ways for you to help. We are currently looking for underclassmen who are interested in leading the Pledge effort in future years here at the University of Dayton.


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