Use these graduation quotes to express congratulations to
the new graduate or for commencement speeches.
Graduation is a time to recognize the person who has
successfully completed their studies. It is a day to be celebrated.
"Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending,
however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and
a beginning for the new graduate."
Graduation day is finally here, your dreams you did pursue.
All your hard work has paid off, we are so very proud of you.
Catherine Pulsifer, Graduation Day
My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain
and thrilling period of your lives.
The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your
children, and grandchildren, and therapists.
Inspirational Quotes |
"We've come not to celebrate your achievements, but to celebrate
who you are."
Dr. Kevin Leman, Be the Dad She Needs You to Be: The Indelible Imprint a Father Leaves on His Daughter's Life
"Don't strive to make your presence noticed,
just live to make your absence felt!"
Words of Encouragement |
"Be the author, not the reader, of your own life."
Paul Gibbons, Reboot Your Life
"So the history we share should give you hope. And the future we share
should give you hope. You're graduating into a job market that's improving.
You live in a time when advances in technology and communications puts the
world at your fingertips. Your generation is uniquely poised for success
unlike any before it."
President Obama Commencement Speech 2013, Pursuing Excellence and Setting an Example
"Your parents, proudly here today, and their parents before them,
perhaps proudly here today,
understood a simple equation for success: your children
would do better than you had."
"Only you have the power to decide what your day will be like -
if it will be crappy or happy depends on the decisions that you make.
You have to make the right choice to be a happy person. It starts with
Dr. Marshall Hennington, Words of Wisdom For My Daughter
"You can complain about the direction of your life all you want,
but until you sit in the driver's seat and begin to drive yourself,
you aren't going to get where you want to go!"
Funny Quotes about Life |
"Applying common sense helps us find simple and reasonable ways
of doing things. Many refer to this as the KISS method, 'Keep It Simple
Henry Adkins, Common Sense: Your Way To Success
Common Sense |
"If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it."
John D. Rockefeller
"Most graduates have a mixture of emotions at this time. You probably
have a tremendous sense of relief and accomplishment for finishing a
major course of study."
Michael Farris, American Commencement: Graduation Speeches that Inspired a New Nation
"Each year at graduation, I am obliged to offer a few 'brief remarks,'
which are usually not as brief as they should be."
James E. Ryan, Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions
"Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer, whether or not you
know what your 'passion' might be.
The truth is, it doesn't matter. You don't have to know.
You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to
keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying
"Experience, then, is not only the best teacher, but the first and the last.
But experience must be a dual thing -
the experience of others must be used to supplement, correct and
justify our own experience; in this way we shall become
our own best critics only after we have trained ourselves in self-knowledge,
the knowledge of what other minds think, and in the ability to judge
ourselves by the standards we have come to believe are right."
J. Berg Esenwein
Knowledge is meaningful only if it is reflected in action.
The human race has found out the hard way that we are what we do,
not just what we think.
Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things
"It is not the size of the arena in which you find yourself that counts;
it is what you do with it."
Dr. Irene C. Kassorla, Go For It!
"You will never be as smart as you are today. Tomorrow you will have more
doubts. In ten years, even more. By forty you will think you know very little.
By fifty you'll be sure of it. By sixty you'll wish you were as certain as you
were of things when you were fifty."
Mitch Albom, Commencement Speech To His Nephew's Graduating Class: May 30, 2008, Nice France
"You can become someone who is worthy of respect, and
someone who can pursue what he wants irrespective of
what others say or do.
Faith Starr, Stop Self-Sabotaging and Shift your Paradigm to Success
"There is a good reason they call these ceremonies '
Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning."
"I will reach for the stars no matter how hard it seems,
and fly like a bird with the knowledge this journey brings."
Semetra C. Vanison
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine."
Anthony J. D'Angelo
Positive Thinking |
"Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
Sir Winston Churchill
"You may not want to share this information with your teenagers:
Ray Kroc - the visionary behind McDonald's and one of the most
successful entrepreneurs in American history - was a high-school dropout."
Will Peters, Leadership Lessons: Ray Kroc
Ray Kroc Quotes |
"Find ways around the obstacles in your life. The power lies within you
and your ability to change the way you think
and act. Never forget that, and never give up."
Mike Finley, Graduation!: Retirement Can Be the Best Time in Your Life. It's Time To "Graduate"
Never Quit Quotes |
"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you
do nothing there will be no result."
Life is about making an impact, not making an income.
Inspirational Sayings |
"The fireworks begin today.
Each diploma is a lighted match,
each one of you is a fuse."
Positive Quotes |
"Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you
Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.
If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference."
Making A Difference |
"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
"(Kurt) Vonnegut wrote that 'a writer is first and foremost a teacher,' and
his talks to graduates always taught the lesson that underlies all his work,
a lesson, bluntly uttered by
a character in one of his early novels, that he passed on to fans who
sought his advice: 'There's only one rule I know of . . you've got to be kind.'"
"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."
"Don't ever rob a bank. Enjoy life. Have fun. Choose to be happy now;
don't wait until you're 'successful,' because honestly, I was as happy when
we were unemployed and scrounging around for a buck."
"You're young and you're bulletproof and invincible.
But never underestimate the power of other people's love and prayer."
"Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Being Yourself |
"Either write something worth reading, or do something worth reading."
"Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss...you'll land among the stars."
"The whole world is opening to you. You guys have been in school your
entire lives. You have completed something difficult that took persistence
Ira Glass, Commencement Speech Goucher College 2012
"If you want your life to count, you have to focus it. You don't have time
for everything, and not everything is of equal value."
"It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree.
It's what you do with your life that counts."
"How we interact with others can determine our success or our failure.
One rule of success is to treat people as you want to be treated."
"Remember, when it come to applying for jobs, books ARE judged
by their cover!"
Patricia Akins, Things They Don't Teach You In High School: But You Need To Know!
"The noblest question in the world is What good may I do in it?"
"The future lies before you
like a field of driven snow, be careful how
you tread it, for every step will show."
". . .isn't about being smarter than anybody else- it's about working
harder than anybody else."
"All too often, we feel that we are not living the fulness of our lives
because we are not expressing the fulness of our gifts."
Top Ten Quotes |
"If you choose to walk in love and keep a positive, faith-filled focus,
your trials will actually graduate you to a higher level of operative
grace-life following that season."
Patricia King, Dream Big
"Never doubt you were born to do great things!"
"Graduation, a conclusion of one chapter, a beginning of another."
New Beginnings |
Then that same confident and mature high school graduate will be
a very different person when they graduate college than when they entered.
Four years can make a big difference in maturity.
Lee Binz, Senior Year Step-by-Step: Simple Instructions for Busy Homeschool Parents
Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.
The learning that starts in school and used to end at graduation is
now a vital and continual proactive process.
Victor Hayek, Outclass: How to Ace the Lessons of Life and Graduate with Honors
Personal Development Quotes |
"Congratulations! You made it! It's time to celebrate all the hard work that
led to this joyful occasion. The road to graduation is a long, steep climb,
so take a moment at the summit to be proud of your accomplishments."
Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In for Graduates
"You overcame every test. Done tons of homework. For all those years.
Congratulations, you made it."
Danielle Duckery, Words For The Occasion: Sentiments and Well Wishes
Quotes about Overcoming |
"A well-designed life is a life that is generative - it is constantly creative,
productive, changing, evolving, and there is always the possibility of surprise.
You get out of it more than you put in."
Bill Burnett; Dave Evans, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
The most successful people have one trait in common that has allowed them to succeed where others have failed.
And, that common trait is perseverance.
Byron Pulsifer, Achieving Goals
"The best businesses follow this credo: CHANGE BEFORE YOU HAVE TO. The best people do, too."
Steve Chandler, 37 Ways to BOOST Your Coaching Practice
Quotes about Change |
There is nothing a person can't do, and there should be nothing a human
being didn't care about.
It was the most positive encouragement I could have hoped for.
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Positive Attitude |
"I've had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones. Many of you
are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers
- you will have successes and setbacks too."
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Moment by moment you are building the story of your life. You control your
thoughts and acts as an author of a novel controls the thoughts and actions
of the characters in his story. No matter what happens to you in the pages
of time, you have the power to react like a hero!
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