A pledge of a lifetime
Bi-annual ceremony celebrates graduating CEM students’ pledge to integrity and respect
On Friday, the College of Engineering & Mines at the University of North Dakota held its Order of the Engineer Ceremony for students graduating in December. The Order of the Engineer is a national organization that promotes engineers’ ethical and professional practices. The ceremony is a time-honored tradition that recognizes the commitment of engineering students to upholding these values.
This year’s ceremony included a warm welcome and congratulations from UND President Andy Armacost, who spoke about the importance of professionalism and ethical behavior in the engineering field. He reminded students that, as engineers, they have a responsibility to use their skills and knowledge to benefit society and to work with integrity and respect for the sake of others.
After an invocation led by Dr. Wayne Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and a brief history of the Order read by Dr. Prakash Ranganathan, Associate Professor of SEECS, students read aloud the “Obligation of an Engineer,” a solemn pledge to uphold the standards and principles of the engineering profession. The students then received their Engineer’s Rings, symbolizing their commitment to these values.
Chad Frost, the Director of Professional Development at the College of Engineering & Mines, delivered a keynote speech to the freshly-inducted members. A ’94 mechanical engineering graduate, Frost reminded students of the international scale of the Order, recalling moments in his professional career when he encountered fellow members — from fellow engineers to astronauts.
The Order of the Engineer ceremony is a meaningful event for the College of Engineering & Mines and serves as a reminder of the high standards and values expected of engineers. Please join us in congratulating all the graduating students who participated in the ceremony.
Students and parents: You can visit https://adobe.ly/3PDpdic to view and download photos taken at this event. (Link expires February 19, 2023.)