CU students posing in graduation attire and green cords

The Graduation Pledge of Social & Environmental Responsibility of the Graduation Pledge Alliance states: 

"I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and to try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

Graduating seniors at CU Boulder can take the pledge and get an optional green cord to wear at graduation to show their commitment to environmental and social responsibility in their future career.

Take the Graduation Pledge

After you pledge

Optional Green Cords are available for those who take the pledge, to wear with CU Boulder commencement regalia. 

Green cords for December 2024 graduates will be available beginning October 2024.  May 2025 graduates can pick up cords beginning in March 2024, available until supplies run out.

  • Cord pick-up times:
    • Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., University Memorial Center room 355
    • Pledge must be taken online before coming to UMC 355 to pick up your cord.
  • Please consider donating your cord back to the program after graduation for re-use and to reduce cost for future grads.
    • drop off gently used cords at University Memorial Center 355, or mail to Environmental Center, 207 UCB, Boulder 80309.

Share your commitment on social media

  • Use hashtags #CUgreengrad  #CUgraduationpledge


Donate your cap and gown

  • Take your commitment to a green graduation one step further by donating your cap and gown to a future graduate.
  • CU Boulder graduation caps and gowns and graduation pledge green cords can be dropped off on campus at the Environmental Center (UMC room 355) Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Alternatively, you can mail your regalia to the Environmental Center at 207 UCB, Boulder CO 80309.