Graduation Quotes

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." Catherine Pulsifer
Time



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
Graduation Poems



You have learned a lot, but there is still lots of learning for you as you journey through life. Never stop learning.
Kate Summers
Learning



Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just live to make your absence felt!  Author Unknown
"Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just live to make your absence felt!"
Author Unknown
Words of Encouragement



"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!"
Les Brown
Funny Quotes about Life



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.
Lin-Manuel Miranda
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
Achievement



Be the author, not the reader, of your own life. Paul Gibbons
"Be the author, not the reader, of your own life."
Paul Gibbons, Reboot Your Life
Wise



"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
Success



"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."
Anna Quindlen
Children



"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 your attitude."
Dr. Marshall Hennington, Words of Wisdom For My Daughter
Choices



Never settle for the path of least resistance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Lee Ann Womack, I Hope You Dance
Good Graduation Songs



"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
Work



"Applying common sense helps us find simple and reasonable ways of doing things. Many refer to this as the KISS method, 'Keep It Simple Simon.'"
Henry Adkins, Common Sense: Your Way To Success
Common Sense



One of the most important lessons of my life forced itself on me at about the time I was graduating from grammar school. It was a lesson that turned into a major principle: You are subject to your environment. Therefore, select the environment that will best develop you toward your desired objective.
W. Clement Stone, The Success System that Never Fails
Poems about Life



If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.  John D. Rockefeller
"If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it."
John D. Rockefeller
Wealth



"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
Accomplishment



"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
Communication



"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 something new."
Shonda Rhimes
Passion



 Graduation is .... only the beginning, not the end.  Byron Pulsifer
Graduation is the same thing as taking that first baby step as a child. It is only the beginning, not the end. When each additional step is taken, new skills are being developed. First, there is the attainment of balance but, as we all know, a fall is inevitable. However, with each fall there is also the zest to try again. Defeat is not an option because nobody could discourage you from trying again. Thus, take the advent of graduation as that first step where life's difficulties or failures only spark new attempts with the full understanding that nobody can discourage your progress except you.
Byron R. Pulsifer
Discouraged



"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
Experience



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
Example



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
"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!
Attitude



"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
Honesty



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



"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
Knowledge



Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. Anthony J. D'Angelo
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."
Anthony J. D'Angelo
Positive Thinking



"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
Age



Before you set off on the great adventure of life, you have to decide where you want to end up. The good news is there have never been more opportunities to achieve your goals than there are today.
Brian Tracy, Master Your Time, Master Your Life: The Breakthrough System to Get More Results, Faster, in Every Area of Your Life
Opportunity



Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. Sir Winston Churchill
"Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
Sir Winston Churchill
Enthusiasm



"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."
Mahatma Ghandi
Action



Life is about making an impact, not making an income. Kevin Kruse
Life is about making an impact, not making an income.
Kevin Kruse
Inspirational Sayings



You're nothing if you're not the truth. I've made a living, I've made a life - I've made a fortune, really - all good! - from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it's really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn't fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.
Oprah Winfrey, Agnes Scott College Commencement 2017
Truth



"The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match, each one of you is a fuse."
Ed Koch
Positive Quotes



"Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference."
Arie Pencovici
Making A Difference



Sending you a day full of sunshine, a heaven filled with rainbows, and a pocket full of dreams. Judith Wibberley
"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
Dream



"(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.'"
Dan Wakefield
Kindness



"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
Hope



"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."
Peter Farrelly
Happy



Be who you are and say what you feel   Dr. Seuss
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Dr. Seuss
Being Yourself



Struggling to decide what to do after graduation is, and always will be, a sort of rite of passage to the next phase of your life
Gloria Davidson, When Graduation Spits You Out: A 5 step guide filled with success hacks for students or anyone struggling to make decisions on what's next in their life.
Decision



"You're young and you're bulletproof and invincible. But never underestimate the power of other people's love and prayer."
Tony Snow
Prayer



"Either write something worth reading, or do something worth reading."
Benjamin Franklin
Famous



Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss...you'll land among the stars. Les Brown
"Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss...you'll land among the stars."
Les Brown
Motivational



"The whole world is opening to you. You guys have been in school your entire lives. You have completed something difficult that took persistence and willfulness."
Ira Glass, Commencement Speech Goucher College 2012
Persistence



"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."
Rick Warren
Focus



"It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts."
Millard Fuller
Life



Never doubt  you were born to do great things!
"Never doubt you were born to do great things!"
Catherine Pulsifer
Doubt



Having the right mindset is critical to graduation no matter at what age you decide to take the leap. The mindset? You must acquire the right mindset that places you in the right frame of mind to make the right decisions, which will lead to the right habits, eventually leading you down the right path as you grow beyond where you are right now.
Mike Finley, Graduation!
Motivational Poems



"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."
Catherine Pulsifer
Failure



"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!
Book



"The noblest question in the world is What good may I do in it?"
Benjamin Franklin
Questioning



The future lies before you like a field of driven snow, be careful how you tread it, for every step will show. Author Unknown
"The future lies before you like a field of driven snow, be careful how you tread it, for every step will show."
Author Unknown
Future



". . .isn't about being smarter than anybody else- it's about working harder than anybody else."
Barack Obama
Encouraging



"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."
Elle Luna
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
Love



Graduation, a conclusion of one chapter, a beginning of another. Catherine Pulsifer
"Graduation, a conclusion of one chapter, a beginning of another."
Catherine Pulsifer
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
Confidence



Be excited about your college graduation and career opportunities! Never let anyone limit what you can do, or be in life; or achieve academically. Those individuals are only critics on the sidelines of your eventual success. Those individuals are not cheerleaders that will encourage your greatness of superior academic achievement.
Paul B. Hudson, Maximize Achievement: Your Future So Bright...You Need to Wear Shades
Greatness



Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.
Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.
Author Unknown
Goals



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



"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
Possibilities



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
Perseverance



The best businesses follow this credo: CHANGE BEFORE YOU HAVE TO. The best people do, too. Steve Chandler
"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
Challenge



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!

Wilfred Peterson



I think, perhaps, more than any college graduates in recent memory, you have an unparalleled opportunity to remake this country so that it is stronger, smarter, and makes a whole lot more sense.
Tara Grove and Isabel Ostrer, The World Is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live By from Activists, Writers, and Visionaries
Encouraging Poems


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