Graduation Quotes to Inspire Recent Grads

Try encouraging graduates you know with inspirational graduation quotes. Graduation quotes are all about the importance of individuality, dedication, and aspirations.

They will set recent grads on the right track and help them progress towards a prosperous future.

Inspirational quotes are also great to include in graduation speeches and cards. Use this list of  inspirational graduation quotes to galvanize the recent graduates you know.

High School Graduation Quotes

Because most high school graduates will be focused on enrolling in college, traveling, or simply pursuing work after graduation, you will want to use inspirational quotes that are relevant to these topics.

You can also try using humorous or entertaining quotes to get your audience’s attention.

Also, think of including quotes from famous individuals, movies, or books high school graduates may be interested in. Here are a few high school graduation quotes you can use to help you generate ideas of your own.

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General or Common Knowledge Quotes

“Pursuing your dreams is the only way to accomplish them.”

“Never give up. It’s impossible to fail if we learn from our mistakes.”

“Attaining your high school diploma is a momentous feat. Keep up the good work and never stop learning.”

Famous Quotes

“Start every day as if it were on purpose” -Hitch from the movie Hitch

“No such thing as bad student. Only bad teacher.”  -Mr. Miyagi from the movie The Karate Kid

 “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.” -Ray Bradbury

College Graduation Quotes

After hitting the books, cramming for exams, and pulling all nighters for several long years, college graduates will need all the inspiration they can get at graduation time. Use inspiring quotes to gear up recent grads for graduate school, internships, or future employment. Try to share memorable, meaningful advice that grads can come back to in times of need. Here are some college graduation inspirational quotes you can use to get started.

General of Common Knowledge Quotes

“Knowledge is power.”

“Embrace life by following your dreams and living to the fullest.”

“Graduation is not the end, but the beginning of your journey.”

“Put your future in good hands–your own.”

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Famous Quotes

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” -Robert Frost

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” -Joseph Campbell

“The only true failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” -Budda

“The fireworks begin today.  Each diploma is a lighted match.  Each one of you is a fuse.”  -Edward Koch

Graduate College Graduation Quotes

Completing graduate school is a major accomplishment that deserves your applause. When congratulating this milestone feat, you’ll also want to encouraging grads to keep up their hard work and thirst for knowledge as they move on to the next phase in their life.

Try inspiring the recent grads with quotes relevant to doctorate school, future employment, and traveling. Also, think of including quotes by famous literaries, icons, and scholars. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

General or Common Knowledge Quotes

“Never stop improving yourself.”

“College may be over, but always keep learning.”

“Keep your feet on the ground. Just remember to lift them when you walk.”

“Be positive. Focus on who you are and what you do well. Don’t waste your time and energy focusing on the negative.”

Famous Quotes

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Preparation plus opportunity equals success.” -Keenan Ivory Waynes

“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

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela




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