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Graduation pledge promotes values

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April 28, 2011

A series of student organizations and departments at UW-River Falls have been joining together to encourage graduating seniors to sign the Graduation Pledge of Alliance.

This is an international pledge that was founded in 1987 by Humboldt State University. Since its inception the pledge has been circling around the world as an attempt to inspire college graduates to inquire about or attempt to change the ethical practices of their potential or current employer.

This is a great opportunity for students to take hold of UWRFs efforts of enforcing inclusivity and bring them to the workplace. Beyond the practices of inclusivity, pledging graduates would have the opportunity to create or enforce global perspectives in their future or current place of business.

People can do this without signing a pledge, but this is a way for students to be aware of the power they themselves posses. Perhaps, people have not thought about bringing this progressive view to their future workplace; this sort of pledge creates awareness.

Promoting ethical citizenship and enforcing inclusivity is the direction that this world is headed in. Signing this pledge encourages a voice for the future career seekers.

There will be a table for interested pledge signers at both commencement ceremonies on May 14.