Graduation Pledge


“I pledge to exercise responsibility, compassion, and integrity
in my academic, professional, and personal pursuits, and to apply
ethical principles when making social and environmental decisions
that have the ability to shape the future of our global community.”



Each year, more than 1,000,000 students enter the work force while an even greater amount continues on with their collegiate studies.

Can you imagine the impact on our society if even a small number of these students attempt to advance the ethical practices of their future employers or schools?

Since 1987, students at more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide have recognized this potential for change by taking the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. Last year, more than 250 Oakton graduates took the Pledge.

It is our goal to contribute to the cooperative effort of building responsible citizenship for a sustainable world, and we would like to ask you to help encourage social and environmental responsibility.

Signing the Pledge

It’s easy! Submit your name and comments via our online Pledge form.

You do not need to participate in the Commencement Ceremony to sign the pledge. Whether you are receiving a degree and/or certificate in May or transferring to another institution, you are invited to join!

Once you have taken the Pledge, you will receive a green ribbon that symbolizes your support of the Pledge and serves as a reminder that individuals can make a difference!

If you are participating in Commencement, ribbons will be distributed during preparations in the gym prior to the ceremony. Be sure to wear your ribbon on your gown to let your friends and family know that you are part of this global movement!

If you are not participating in Commencement, a ribbon can be mailed to you. Staff from the Sustainability Center will contact you via email for address verification.

Pledge History and Resources

Visit the Graduation Pledge Web site for additional information and resources for pledge signers.

For questions about the Pledge at Oakton, contact:
Debra Kutska