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COLLEGE SENIORS SEE GREEN IN THEIR FUTURES
Green symbolizes support of Manchester College-based social,
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — April 25, 2001 — College
seniors across the country are seeing green in their futures and
it's not the color of money.
Instead, it's a green ribbon they'll sport on their gowns during
this year's commencement exercises as a public symbol of their
support of the Manchester College-based Graduation Pledge of Social
and Environmental Responsibility.
At Manchester College, the pledge states: "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 organization for which I work." The pledge reads
the same on most campuses, while its wording is tweaked at others.
What does the pledge mean to its supporters? For some, it has
meant establishing recycling programs at their places of employment,
pushing for greater involvement of women in high school athletics,
and eliminating racist language in a training manual among other
Those actions, taken together, help to better the world, the
pledge's national coordinator believes. "Instituting the pledge
gets at the heart of a good education and can benefit society as
whole," Neil Wollman, the coordinator, said. "Not only
does it remind students of the ethical implications of the knowledge
and training they received, but it can help lead to a
socially-conscious citizenry and a better world."
The pledge has gained support since Manchester College became the
national headquarters in 1996. Students from 70-100 campuses —
ranging from small colleges such as Olivet and Skidmore to major
universities such as Harvard and Stanford — are supporting the
pledge this year, up from the 50 campuses that supported it last
spring. (Harvard has supported the pledge — it's known as
GradPledge there — for the past two years.)
By May 2002, the pledge will be implemented in some form at the
country's eight Ivy League campuses. During the Greening of the
Ivies conference at Princeton in February, student environmental
leaders decided that their respective campuses would support the
pledge by May 2002.
The pledge has even gotten the attention of high-school age
students. A student at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics,
and Humanities — a school for gifted juniors and seniors — has
been instrumental in getting the administration to recognize the
pledge at this year's commencement. Like their counterparts at some
college campuses, the pledge-takers at the academy will wear green
Manchester College — an independent, liberal arts college
located in North Manchester, Ind., and a college of the Church of
the Brethren — offers more than 45 areas of study to more than
1,100 students from 20 states and 23 countries.
Note to editors: Do you want to talk with the contact person from
a particular campus? Do you want a list of all of the colleges
participating? Contact the Office of Public Relations at (260)
982-5285 or (888) 257-2586.
GPA, MC Box
135, Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN
46962, or send e-mail to: NJWollman@manchester.edu.
This site last updated on January 1, 2002.
All comments should be directed to NJWollman@Manchester.edu.