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  • Bates College Are you planning on graduating? Be warned – some schools are now incorporating a “Pledge of Social Responsibility.” Weird, right?!

    Bates College in Lewiston, Maine is one example of a school incorporating this into their graduation ceremony. Here’s their version of a “Social Responsibility” pledge:

    “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.”

    This “pledge” is strange on a number of levels. What do they mean by “… social and environmental consequences of any job I consider?” Are they making students pledge not to commute more than 15 minutes to work? And what about “… and will try and improve these aspects of any organization for which I work?” Are they asking students, as entry level employees, to start trying to influence an organization’s energy consumption? It’s very ominous.

    Granted, there is no real way of knowing what this pledge means exactly. All I know is if I was graduating, I would not raise my hand and recite a pledge so devoid of meaning and substance.

    Does your school’s graduation ceremony include a pledge similar to this? Let us know!

    Bates College has put their Baccalaureate Service schedule online, which is where the “Graduation Pledge of Social Responsibility” can be found. You can view it by clicking here.  (Page 3)

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