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The need for a new graduation rite of passage

Estell, John K. ; Christensen, Ken

Communications of the ACM, 02/01/2011, Vol.54(2), p.113 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The need for a new graduation rite of passage
  • Author: Estell, John K. ; Christensen, Ken
  • Description: The use of computers is pervasive throughout our society. Given the ever-increasing reliance placed upon software, graduates from computing-related degree programs need to be more aware than ever of their responsibilities toward ensuring that society is well served through their creative works. To assist with this effort, a new organization is being proposed for the establishment of a rite-of-passage ceremony for students graduating in the computing sciences that is similar in nature and scope to the Ring Ceremony employed by the Order of the Engineer for students graduating from engineering programs. This new organization is solely intended to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior in graduates of computing-related degree programs as they transition to careers of service to society. Two institutions---Ohio Northern University and the University of South Florida---have already experimented with this concept. We seek to start a larger conversation on this concept by soliciting input from the community on what we believe is a significant need for a new organization---an organization that can benefit both our graduates and the computing profession.
  • Is Part Of: Communications of the ACM, 02/01/2011, Vol.54(2), p.113
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00010782 ; DOI:
  • Subjects: Engineering ; Computer Science ; Mathematics
  • Language: English
  • Source: Assciation for Computing Machinery (via CrossRef)

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