Last Updated: 7th April, 2021

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.

I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back.
Fred Allen

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

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
– Omar Khayyam

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

The best way to predict your future is to create it.
– Abraham Lincoln

Education is not preparation for life;
education is life itself.
John Dewey

Do what you have to do resolutely, with all your heart.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy

Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.
Henry Ford

The fireworks begin today.
Each diploma is a lighted match.
Each one of you is a fuse.
~Edward Koch

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B.F. Skinner

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
-Will Rogers

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
Alfred Mercier

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.
Oprah Winfrey


The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.
Russell Green

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller

The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.
Doug Larson

The modern school without systematic lectures turns out many graduates who lack retention. No sooner has the sound of the word left their teacher's lips, the subject has been forgotten.
Racial Integrity 1913, Arthur Schomburg

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison


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

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

Graduation day is tough for adults.
They go to the ceremony as parents.
They come home as contemporaries.
After twentytwo years of childraising, they are unemployed.
Erma Bombeck .

At commencement you wear your squareshaped mortarboards.
My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros.
Paul Freund

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

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

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Funny Graduation Quotes

Funny graduation quotes to bring a smile to the face of the new graduate.

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.
Will Rogers

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Benjamin Franklin

If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.
William Lyon Phelps

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
– Frank A. Clark

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
– Thomas Edison

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
Benjamin Franklin

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.

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

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

These inspirational graduation quotes will inspire the new grads out there.

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. of somebody else.
Judy Garland

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.
— Albert Einstein

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises."
Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
Orrin Hatch

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
Henry Peter Brougham

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

What sculpture is to a block of marble,
education is to the human soul.
Joseph Addison

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

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

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom.

Graduation Quotes for Daughter

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

The best protection any woman can have is courage.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
Clementine Paddleford

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
Napoleon Hill

Believe and act is if it were impossible to fail.
Charles Kettering

Graduation Quotes for Son

Do not pray for easier lives, pray to be stronger men.
John F. Kennedy

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Benjamin Disraeli

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
Oscar Wilde

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
Babe Ruth

High School Graduate Quotations

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
Thomas Jefferson

Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.
– William Arthur Ward

People who give the best are those who give of themselves – your time, talents, words, knowledge.
Omoakhuana Anthonia

Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need.
Lilli Vaihere

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
C.S. Lewis

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.

College Graduation Quotes

Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.
Richard Halliburton

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
Anatole France

Minds are like parachutes -they only function when open.
Thomas Dewar

Share your sparkle wherever you are.

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George

Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go.
Christian Larson

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Henry Ford

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

I go to seek a Great Perhaps.
Francois Rabelais

Short Graduation Quotes

Life is my college.
May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
Louisa May Alcott

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

When you leave here, don't forget why you came.
Adlai Stevenson, to college graduates

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney Harris

"The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
– Albert Einstein

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Graduation Congratulations Quotes

Sending you a day full of sunshine, a heaven filled with rainbows, and a pocket full of dreams. May the future ahead of you be as wonderful as you are.
Judith Wibberley

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B.F. Skinner

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
– Omar Khayyam

You did it, even when you didn't feel like studying - you did it.
Kate Summers

You should be excited. You should be proud.
You are amazing. You are awesome.
We wish you success. We wish you happiness.
All your effort over the years has paid off.
Happy Graduation!

Theodore W. Higginsworth

As a graduate, you have worked long and hard, usually for many years, and deserve the recognition you are receiving.
Jay Remerh

Behind you now is yesterday; let your experience and knowledge pave the way. Here's to you and to your success, we know you will give it your best.
Theodore W. Higginsworth

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.