Graduation Quotes

The Graduation ceremony is a time for students to reflect upon their future, and the commencement speaker fills their eyes with dreams and sometimes, harsh reality. Over the years, commencement speakers and many known personalities have had a lot to say about Graduation day. Here are some of the all time favorite graduation quotes.


Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.
Author Unknown
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The future lies before you like a field of driven snow, be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.
Author Unknown
I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back.
Fred Allen
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
~Benjamin Franklin
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
~Aristotle
The tassel's worth the hassle!
~Anonymous
The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.
~Edward Koch
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All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.
~Anonymous
It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
~Brooks Atkinson
There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises." Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
~Orrin Hatch
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Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
~Louisa May Alcott
Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.
~Richard Halliburton
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
~B.F. Skinner
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The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford
Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.
- Joseph Addison
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
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You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
~Tom Brokaw
Your families are extremely proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.
~Gary Bolding
Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.
~Erma Bombeck
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At commencement you wear your square-shaped mortarboards. My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros.
~Paul Freund
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
~Theodore Roosevelt
Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
~Gary Trudeau
People will frighten you about a graduation.... They use words you don't hear often: "And we wish you Godspeed." It is a warning, Godspeed. It means you are no longer welcome here at these prices.
~Bill Cosby
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
~Confucius
These are days you'll remember.' If you recall nothing else from your graduation ceremony, remember you heard the New Jersey Governor quote from 10,000 Maniacs.
~Christine Todd

Graduation Congratulations Quotes

Remember the past, live in the present and look forward to the future! May your graduation be just the beginning of a lifetime of fulfillment for you.
Your success is not a surprise! It's well deserved and will give you a chance to spread your wings. You are great!
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A hearty congratulations on your graduation, and wishing you a very good luck for the new beginning in life. May you reach all your goals.
Happy Graduation Day. Your reward lies ahead. I wish you to dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the heart of man.
When you do your best and you really try, the results are excellent and you are the living proof of that. Congratulations.
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You have walked a long way toward this goal but you have successfully managed. Happy graduation.
Congratulations, dear…! You've really done yourself! Congratulations!
You have already opened a new page and we hope you'll enjoy reading it. Congratulations on your graduation!

Happy Graduation Quotes

Good results are attained through a hard work. Happy graduation, dear!
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The graduation day is a happy event. Thank you for making it happier, dear, and congratulations!
What can I say? Happy graduation! Well done! And keep it up!
You worked hard, you were so devoted to your goals and you achieved high results. Happy graduation dear!
I want to congratulate you on this happy date. It’s time for you to celebrate, since today is the day you graduate.
Now what? We're wishing you the best in figuring out the answer to that question.

High School Graduation Quotes

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Funny Graduation Quotes

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
-BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Minds are like parachutes -they only function when open.
— Thomas Dewar
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
-G.K. Chesterton
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
-OSCAR WILDE

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein
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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

Graduation Quotes for Friends

You have not only graduated from high school. You have graduated into adulthood. And wishing my best friend best things in your future to come. Congratulations graduate. Today proves something I have always known about you. You're pretty smart. Congratulations graduate.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future.
- Plato
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
- William Arthur Ward
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
- Epictectus
You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom.
- Proverb
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

Last Updated: 3rd May, 2017