The Pledge of the Computing Professional

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COVID-19 Response

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations such as The Pledge of the Computing Professional are making exceptions to their usual protocol with respect to upcoming induction ceremonies. In its relatively brief history, The Pledge has been very flexible on the format of the ceremony. What is important is that each inductee:

  • wants to participate in the ceremony (that is, it is not a requirement),
  • takes the Pledge through orally reciting the Oath,
  • signs their Pledge certificate, and
  • receives the pin that is emblematic of the Pledge.

Pledge Nodes (AKA chapters) are free to pursue whatever accommodations best fit their particular situation, be it interactive video conferencing replacing the traditional ceremony, deferral to a time close to when an institution’s graduation ceremony has been rescheduled, or any other reasonable course of action. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Pin given to all members. Spells Honor in ASCII
Pin given to all members. Spells Honor in ASCII

The Pledge of the Computing Professional is an organization to promote the notion of computing as a recognized profession at the time of graduation for students in Computer Science and related programs. The Pledge is modeled after the Order of the Engineer – a long-standing rite-of-passage for graduates from engineering programs. The Pledge of the Computing Professional is solely intended to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior of graduates of computing-related degree programs as they transition to careers of service to society.

The Pledge of the Computing Professional entails a rite-of-passage ceremony for graduates from computing programs. This rite-of-passage ceremony dovetails nicely with existing Order of the Engineer ceremonies for colleges that have both engineering and computing degree programs. The rite-of-passage ceremony is conducted by Nodes (that is, chapters) at institutions throughout the USA (with plans to expand internationally). The Pledge of the Computing Professional has been endorsed by the Order of the Engineer, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (ACM SIGCAS), and by the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics (ACM COPE) [fullEndorsementFromCOPE]

© 2011-2020. The Pledge of the Computing Professional. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

For further information about The Pledge of the Computing Professional contact Ken Christensen (christen@cse.usf.edu) or John K. Estell (j-estell@onu.edu). The site webmaster is Becky Grasser (webmaster@computing-pledge.org). We look forward to hearing from you.