Graduation Pledge

So maybe you've seen the flyers around campus advertising some "Pledge" thing. Wondering what it is? It's the Graduation Pledge. The Pledge is signed by students graduating from The University of Dayton, and many other schools across the country, in an effort to raise social and environmental awareness. What is the Graduation Pledge? The Graduation Pledge is voluntarily signed by graduating students from University of Dayton. The pledge reads:

"In accordance with the University of Dayton's tradition to Learn, Lead, and Serve 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."

Many colleges and universities across the country have adopted the Graduation Pledge for graduating students to sign. The pledge is coming back to University of Dayton for 2016. It is important to note that this pledge is completely voluntary, and is not required for any graduating student to sign. If you are uncomfortable in signing the Graduation Pledge, please do not feel pressured to do so.

LAST DAY to sign up is Friday, April 15, 2016. Students who sign the pledge will receive a card with the pledge on it.

Sign the Pledge

Where Do I Get My Card and Gift?

Stop by the table in Kennedy Union Lobby on Wednesday, April 27 between 11am-2pm or stop by the Center for Social Concern in Liberty Hall Rm 107 anytime after April 27th.

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. Contact Dominic Sanfilippo at

Contact Us

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall 107 
300 College Park Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408