BOONE— Students are encouraged to take the Appalachian State University Graduation Pledge to commit to social and environmental responsibility in any future job or career. Since 2010, approximately 270 Appalachian students have taken the pledge.
The Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) began at Bentley College in Massachusetts and has grown to include thousands of graduates from more than 100 colleges and universities around the world. Students who take the pledge show their commitment by pinning a small green ribbon on their gowns during commencement.
The pledge states: “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences, and the civic and community responsibilities, of any job or career I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”
The GPA says that the pledge “operates at three levels: students making choices about their employment; schools educating about values and citizenship, rather than only knowledge and skills; and the workplace and society being concerned about more than just the bottom line.”
Students interested in taking the pledge should visit http://act.appstate.edu/graduationpledge and follow the steps outlined. After filling out the online form, stop by the Appalachian and Community Together (ACT) Community Outreach Center in room 218 of Plemmons Student Union during the last three weeks of classes and pick up a green ribbon. Students graduating in either the fall or the spring of each academic year are eligible to take the pledge.