75 Graduation Quotes - Inspirational Words of Wisdom

75 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.


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


Your graduation is a milestone in your life.
"Your graduation is a milestone in your life."


"Without a doubt, the best graduation speeches captivate the audience, heart and soul. They enchant us without smothering. They advise us without being didactic."
Randy Howe, Here We Stand


"Graduation is not a single point along the continuum of life. Instead, graduation is a series of continuing steps where additional education and life experiences culminate in a life driven by a self-sacrificing desire to contribute to the well-being of those people who are around you."
Byron Pulsifer


"(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


"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


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


"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


"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


"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


"I wasn't under any delusion that a single message would change their world, but I was determined to prepare something that would contribute to their lives beyond graduation day, something that would help them to choose a life that matters."
Dennis Rainey, Choosing a Life That Matters


"And they also deserve from us gratitude for undertaking the rigorous education which they have, for pushing themselves to the limits and now for going into the world ready to use their talents . . . "
Hillary Rodham Clinton


 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. 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


"The first of many graduations in life. From elementary school to senior school, each one holds successes for you to enjoy."
Catherine Pulsifer


"Each one of us has the ability to lead a dynamic life by pursuing our unique goals and dreams. There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you know who you are and have faith in what you can do."
Stedman Graham


"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.


"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!


"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


The world rewards those who take responsibility for their own success. Curt Gerrish
"The world rewards those who take responsibility for their own success."
Curt Gerrish


"If I had only one message to impart that might help you be successful, it would be simply to start. To find your confidence, get out of your comfort zone, overcome your fears, and begin the journey to discover and accomplish what you want to do with your life."
Doretha Dingler, In Pink


"After years of daily effort and sleepless nights cramming for exams and finishing term papers, the day finally comes when you put on your caps and gowns to stand in line to receive the university diploma certifying that the time has come for you to make your entry into the real world."
Maria C. Siccardi, A Graduation Gift


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


"Commencement. These graduates go out to a new season and our paths will never cross again in the same way. But while they have journeyed here in this season, they have impacted my life; and even though new students will come I will never be the same."
Marsha Woodard, I Choose to Thrive


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Inspirational Graduation Quotes

"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


"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


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


"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


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


"If you get knocked down seven times, you get up eight. You're going to have to learn how to adapt."
Dr. Tim Wallace


The man realized that what counted was not where a person lived, but how a person lived. Spencer Johnson, M.D.
"The man realized that what counted was not where a person lived, but how a person lived."
Spencer Johnson, M.D., Peaks and Valleys


"But there comes a point of diminishing returns, when more stuff does not bring more happiness."
Susan V. Vogt, Blessed by Less


"You can accomplish wonders through focus and persistence. Over time, the fruits of your efforts will multiply to yield a luxuriant carpet of achievement."
Gina Mohammed, Ph. D.


"I found that I could find the energy . . . that I could find the determination to keep on going. I learned that your mind can amaze your body, if you just keep telling yourself, I can do it . . . I can do it . . . I can do it!"
Jon Erickson


"Don't allow yourself to become one who, nearing death, regrets what you might have done if only you had taken a few risks We each have a purpose in life."
Gillian Stokes


Never before, since the beginning of time, has there ever been anybody exactly like you. Dale Carnegie
"Never before, since the beginning of time, has there ever been anybody exactly like you; and never again throughout all the ages to come will there ever be anybody exactly like you again."
Dale Carnegie, How To Enjoy Your Life And Your Job


"Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience."
Paulo Coelho


"Make each day your masterpiece."
John Wooden


If we all did the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison
"If we all did the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
Thomas Edison


"As a lot of us have found out, graduation only means that you are ready to keep learning, to keep your skills advanced and growing because you never know when you will find yourself out on the street."
Byron Pulsifer, The Finish


Everything is in your mind. Your ability to succeed, to fail, to win, to loose is just a matter of attitude. Scott Oteri
Everything is in your mind. Your ability to succeed, to fail, to win, to loose is just a matter of attitude.
Scott Oteri, Become A Winner


"Men (women) who know exactly what they want of life, and are determined to get it, do not stop with wishing. They intensify their wishes into a burning desire, and back that desire with continuous effort based on a sound plan."
Andrew Carnegie


"The secret of unleashing your true power is setting goals that are exciting enough that they truly inspire your creativity and ignite your passion."
Anthony Robbins


You are the guy who'll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go."
Dr. Seuss


"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


"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 action of Rosa Parks and the words and leadership of Dr. King inspired me to find a way to get in the way. I got in the way. I got in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble. You must leave here and go out and get in the way. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you must have the courage to stand up, to speak up, and find a way to get in the way."
John Lewis


You'll never achieve real success unless you like what you're doing. Dale Carnegie
"You'll never achieve real success unless you like what you're doing."
Dale Carnegie


"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


"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


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


"I have learned this at least by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dream, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagines, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Henry David Thoreau


"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


"Success isn't what you have, but who you are. And who you are can be measured in your character and in the positive impact your life has on the lives of people around you."
Les Brown, Up Thoughts For Down Times


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Words of Wisdom for Graduates

"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


"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


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


"A lot of situations have a clever side and a stupid side. Make sure you are on the clever side in any situation."
Paul Bowden, The New Art Of Worldly Wisdom


"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


"The most relaxing recreating forces are a healthy religion, sleep, music, and laughter. Have faith in God - Learn to sleep well - Love good music - See the funny side of life - And health and happiness will be yours."
Hanging in a Doctors Office


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


"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Reinhold Niebuhr


"We cannot lead a choiceless life. Every day, every moment, every second, there is a choice. If it were not so, we would not be individuals."
Ernest Holmes


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.  George Bernard Shaw
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw


"Go God's way! His is the most reliable route to follow when life gets complicated. It will have its tough moments, but you will never regret it."
Charles R. Swindoll, Great Attitudes for Graduates!


"If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul."
Rabbi Harold Kushner


"You can work in any field, and you can make it to the top of any field. But what I urge you to do is not just take your place at the top of the world, but to change the world."
Arianna Huffington, Thrive


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


"Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else's footsteps."
Eileen Caddy


"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


"As you go through your week, month, and even New Year, recognize the people who have packed your parachute and enabled you to get where you are today!"
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
"The future lies before you like a field of driven snow,be careful how you tread it, for every step will show."
Author Unknown


"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


"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


To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.  Marilyn Vos Savant
"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."
Marilyn Vos Savant


"Whatever you are, be a good one."
Abraham Lincoln


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