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Center for Social Concerns


Class of 2009

Pledge of Social Responsibility


Fill the hearts of all with the fire of your love and the desire to ensure justice for all our brothers and sisters. ~ Solicitudo Rei Socialis, Pope John Paul II

Before long, the grades will be in, the tassels flipped over our graduation caps and the U-Haul trucks packed up: but our journey has only yet begun. As rigorous as the past years at Notre Dame have been, it is time for us to face an even greater challenge as citizens of the broader world community. Recognizing the importance of social and environmental responsibility is an integral part of this new role. Whether one is entering the workforce, starting a family or following another path, we can contribute to the good of society by taking part in the Pledge of Social Responsibility.

Since its initiation by Humboldt State University, students at over a hundred colleges and universities have used the pledge at some level. The schools involved include small liberal arts colleges (Colgate and Macalester); large state universities (Oregon and Utah), and large private research universities (University of Pennsylvania and Duke). The Pledge is also now found at graduate and professional schools, high schools, and schools overseas (Taiwan and Australia). Graduates who voluntarily signed the pledge have turned down jobs they did not feel morally comfortable with and have worked to make changes once on the job. For example, they have promoted recycling at their organization, removed racist language from a training manual, worked for gender parity in high school athletics, and in one case, helped to convince an employer to refuse a chemical weapons contract.

The Graduation Pledge Alliance website offers information for pledge signers, such as tools for finding jobs with socially responsible organizations.

The Center for Social Concerns, with a committee of seniors, has been working on a Pledge of Social Responsibility for members of the Senior Class to support and sign. We seek to encourage the integration of values which are fundamental to the mission of this University into life beyond Notre Dame, especially in careers. Last year over 800 seniors signed the Pledge.

The Notre Dame pledge reads:

"The University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice." (From the University of Notre Dame Mission Statement)

I pledge to incorporate these values into an exploration of the social, humanitarian and environmental consequences of any job I consider; and to strive to make these values present in any organization for which I work.

Deadline to sign the pledge is Monday, May 04, 2009 at midnight!

Sign online:

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Class of 2008 Signatures

Class of 2007 Signatures

Class of 2006 Signatures

Class of 2005 Signatures


Past pledge displays:

Class of 2008

Class of 2007

Class of 2006


Sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, Class of 2009, Mendoza College of Business, The Career Center.

For more information, call (574) 631-5779 or e-mail


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