Pledge to Professionalism Ceremony

Senior engineering students take the "Obligation of the Engineer" Oath.

Engineers and computer scientists are required to practice with honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Graduating seniors in SEAS can show their commitment to these principles by their participation in the Pledge to Professionalism ceremony. 

This ceremony encompasses two professional pledges, Order of the Engineer and Pledge of the Computing Professional, and is held in conjunction with the UB Engineering Alumni Association's (UBEAA) presentation of the Engineer of the Year Award. 

Order of the Engineer

student holding a ring for the pledge to professionalism ceremony.

The Order of the Engineer is an organization dedicated to upholding the standards and dignity of the engineering profession. The ceremony includes the recitation of the Engineer’s Obligation and acceptance of a stainless steel ring to be worn on inductees' little finger on the dominant/working hand, identifying them as an engineer whose primary concern is the welfare of humankind, and symbolizing your obligation and devotion to the engineering profession. Seniors majoring in any engineering discipline may join the Order of the Engineer.

History of the Order

The Ritual of the Calling of An Engineer was begun in 1926, when our engineering counterparts in Canada recognized the special obligation of engineers to one another, to the profession, and to the public they served. In the Canadian Ceremony, engineers inducted into the Order received a faceted ring during a private ceremony and accepted the engineer’s oath based on writings by Rudyard Kipling.

Based on the model of the Canadian Ritual of the Calling, the Order of the Engineer was established in the United States in 1970 with the first Ring Ceremony being conducted by students at Cleveland State University's Fenn College of Engineering. In 1972, the Order of the Engineer was incorporated in Ohio, and tacit approval was obtained from the Canadian Wardens.

Pledge of the Computing Professional

computer scientist taking pledge.
Computing Pledge symbol.

The Pledge of the Computing Professional is an organization modeled after the Order of the Engineer. This rite-of-passage ceremony recognizes and promotes the ethical and moral behavior of graduates of computing-related degree programs as they transition to careers of service to society. Pledge participants recite the Oath and wear a lapel pin featuring the word honor in binary code. UB is only the second registered "node" in New York State and became members of the organization in 2018. Seniors majoring in computer science may join the Pledge of the Computing Professional