"That the quality of service you render; plus the quantity, plus the mental attitude in which you render it determines the sort of job you hold and the amount of pay you receive."
"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
"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
"You did it. You got through it. You've run the gauntlet of exams,
essays, and the occasional all-nighter and come out of it reasonably
unscathed. You've got a diploma, a gown, and a nifty tasseled cap."
Alyssa Favreau, Stuff Every Graduate Should Know
Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive.
"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
You have achieved your goal, and now you ready to begin another chapter.
Now you really start real life. Real life may be more complicated.
It is bound to face some unhappy things and hindrance and obstacles, complications. So it is important to have determination and optimism and patience.
"Opportunities? They are all around us. There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it."
Orison Sweet Marden
"Learning is not something that stops once you get out of school.
Rather, it's something that should be considered as a vital component of your day-to-day life."
Rupert Johnson, Build for Success: Guide to Achieving the Success You Deserve and Become Successful
"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
"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
"Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you."
Words of Encouragement
"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
"Each year sees new records set in almost every field.
Better songs can be wirtten, better radios can be made,
more beautiful paintings can be painted. Someone is going to do these things.
Why should not YOU be the one to do some of them?"
Dorotheau S. Kopplin, Something to Live By
"It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree.
It's what you do with your life that counts."
Inspirational Quotes about Life
"Life is a sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?"
"Every single graduate here today had someone that helped us and guide us."
Kendra Wasson, 2017 UNB Valedictorian
"Life is a grindstone, but whether it grinds us down or polishes
us up depends on what we are made of."
Funny Quotes about Life
"Graduates, you were born to be uncommon. Today I encourage you
to leave your mark, I challenge you to shake up the world.
It's a world that's increasingly complex and often daunting,
but I believe something amazing can happen here."
Marilyn Luscombe, President and CEO of NBCC
"It is okay to experience painful, sharp pain from time to time.
You will need it to become a better pencil. The most important part
of you will always been what's on the inside. You will make mistakes,
everyone does, but that's why pencils have erasers. You can always make a change. Lastly, make your mark and continue to write, never give up."
Amy Hughes, NBCC 2016 Valedictorian
"Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress."
"Tomorrow you will no longer be students, and there will be no
curriculum to follow. Will you step up to take on an extra assignment?
Will you display a positive attitude? Strive to make things better?
Each decision will determine in some way your opportunities,
your path, your success, and define who you become along the way."
Catherine Black, Regional Director NB Community College
"(We) will be learning and growing for the rest of our lives.
The best thing to do is get out there and try new things,
getting out of your comfort zone - because that's where the real learning
Go do that thing that you're scared of doing."
Kevin Bourque Valedictorian
"We are ready to act on those futures we have been planning since we were five years old and decided we wanted to be superheroes. Now is the time to go be superheroes, whatever that means to you."
Valedictorian Alexander Johnson
"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or
hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot.
You graduate from college once, and that's it.
You're going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that's deep,
deep, deep in there. Every step of the way. "
"Well, I have found that in the quest for the finish line of a successful life,
we often find ourselves running in circles only to eventually realize
that the formulas needed were things we knew all along and forgot
to make use of."
Maria C. Siccardi, A Graduation Gift: What I Knew as a Kid... and Forgot in Life's Maddening Race
"Let your life yield a sweet, winsome melody that this old world needs
so desperately. Yes you can if you will."
Charles R. Swindoll
Life Is Beautiful
"Although I oppose the idea of the commencement address,
I've been thinking about what would have been useful for me
to hear on the day I left college. I wish that someone had said to
me that it's normal to feel lost for a little while."