12 Graduation Poems
Share these graduation poems with the new graduate in wishing them congratulations and success. It is a day of great accomplishment and achievement for them. Whether it is a high school, college, university, or doctoral diploma, it is a day to be recognized.
Published by: Catherine Pulsifer
Poet: A. C. Shaw
The cap, the gown, the robe, the crown,
The titles of today –
Like mist before the morning sun,
Will surely pass away.
Conceal your learning while you may,
Nor list to emulation;
Let others seek the road to fame,
Strive not for reputation.
The hill is long and hard to climb
That leads you to success;
True greatness, after all, is just
A test of usefulness.
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
Graduation day is finally here, your dreams you did pursue.
All your hard work has paid off, we are so very proud of you.
The nights of study, the projects due
You did them all and more too.
It has all paid off, your studying is done
We hope you make time to enjoy some fun.
Always remember life is learning journey
Keep filling your mind with all that is worthy.
May the happiness you feel today
Be a feeling you keep as you go on your way.
May life be happy and good to you,
And may you find success in all you do.
Believing in You
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, ©1997
Never stop believing in yourself.
When others doubt, don’t you.
Do what you love to do,
No one knows better than you.
Life is too short to live others’ dreams
Follow your own dream
Push yourself to reach your goals
And live the life you once dreamed.
Trust your instincts.
Be true to yourself.
You know what is right for you.
Never give up or give in.
Forget the words “I don’t know how”.
You can learn,
You can research,
You can do.
Your mind is powerful.
When you believe you can.
You will find a way
You won’t waste a day.
Persist and persevere
Do not fear
Because if you believe in you
You will find dreams can come true.
May all your dreams turn into goals,
Believe in yourself.
And remember, all of life is a choice.
The decision is up to you.
Believe in Yourself, Dare To Be
Whatever You Want To Be!
Be understanding to your enemies.
Be loyal to your friends.
Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.
Be generous to those who need your help.
Be frugal with that you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be smart enough to continue learning.
Be willing to share your joys.
Be willing to share the sorrows of others.
Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.
Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.
Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.
Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.
Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble.
Be sure of your final destination, by setting your goals along the way.
Above all, always be yourself.
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2018
Congrats, bravo, you did it!
Now on to the next chapter of your life.
It won’t be all cherries and roses,
But keep thinking positive and work through that strife.
Each time we move on to something different,
We sometimes hold our expectations high,
Try not to be disappointed but see all the good,
So you will be strong and we can watch you fly.
Graduation is an amazing thing.
You stuck with it and showed you can.
Many people are excited and impressed,
Can’t forget how you made me a fan!
I wish you all the best in your future,
May it be everything you want and need.
I see great things to come your way,
You have what it takes to succeed!
As You Grew
Poets: Catherine Pulsifer and Byron Pulsifer
As you grew, no matter what happened we looked at the sunny side of life.
As you leave, take with you the wisdom to focus on the “good” in life!
As you grew, we helped you avoid unnecessary worry.
As you leave, remember that 90% of what you worry about never happens.
As you grew, we encouraged you to be open and direct.
As you leave, never lose your honesty with those whom you speak.
As you grew, we helped you find solutions.
As you leave, always remember there is a solution to every problem.
As you grew, we encouraged individual thought and action.
As you leave, continue to be independent and persevere when faced with life’s challenges.
As you grew, we reinforced the value of family & friends.
As you leave, always make time for family and friends.
As you grew, we shared many happy times.
As you leave, always take time to laugh every day.
As you grew, we taught you values, right from wrong.
As you leave, always stay true to your own values, don’t be influenced by others.
As you grew, we taught you to set goals and take action.
As you leave, may all your dreams turn into goals.
As you grew, we emphasized money is not happiness.
As you leave, always cherish the simple things in life!
As you grew, we encouraged you to live each day,
As you leave, take with you the thought that each day you are given is a “present”!
You Have Excelled
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
Your schooling, you have done so well
You are now graduating, you have excelled.
We are so proud of you
And we wish you success in all you do!
Now you venture on the journey of life
There will be ups and downs and some strife
But always look forward, do your best
Find the good, it will eliminate the stress.
Success is found by those who do
Don’t let anyone stop you from being you.
A positive attitude you do display
It will help you on your way!
Congratulations on your success
We wish you love and happiness!
Poet: Robert Whitaker
Live for something, have a purpose,
And that purpose keep in view;
Drifting like a helmless vessel,
Thou canst ne’er to life be true.
Half the wrecks that strew life’s ocean,
If some star had been their guide,
Might have now been riding safely,
But they drifted with the tide.
The easy roads are crowded,
And the level roads are jammed;
The pleasant little rivers
With the drifting folks are crammed.
But off yonder where it’s rocky,
Where you get a better view,
You will find the ranks are thinning
And the travelers are few.
Where the going’s smooth and pleasant
You will always find the throng;
For the many, mores the pity,
Seem to like to drift along.
But the steps that call for courage,
And the task that’s hard to do,
In the end results in glory
For the never-wavering few.
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2018
We prayed and pleaded for you to succeed,
And here we are at your graduation.
God certainly held up his part,
Just as he did with the rest of creation!
You’ve been blessed and are much loved,
By many, in and out of this world.
May the love they share wrap around you so tight,
Your fingers won’t be able to curl.
Your future will be filled with many new blessings,
At first you may not understand them all.
Sometimes our patience is put to the test,
But knowing you, it won’t be a downfall!
The next years you will be prayed for still,
And your blessings will continue to come.
And even though things won’t always go your way,
I have no doubt that you can overcome.
Poet: Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
To Have Succeeded
Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
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