Graduation Sayings, Quotes, and Expressions

81 Graduation Sayings and Quotes:

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.
~Newton D. Baker

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars..
~Les Brown

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

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught..
~Oscar Wilde

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
~B.F. Skinner

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education. .
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success. .
~Robert Orben

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. .
~Tom Brokaw

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. .

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. .

~Brooks Atkinson

Just about a month from now I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars..
~Richard Halliburton

The tassel’s worth the hassle! .
~Author Unknown

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. .
~Susan B. Anthony

My father always told me, “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” .
~Jim Fox

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

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. .
~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. .
~Henry Ford

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant..
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
~H. Jackson Brown

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. .
~Albert Einstein

If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you. .
~Author Unknown

All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder..
~Author Unknown

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

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors! .
~Louisa May Alcott

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

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
~B.F. Skinner

I hope that my achievements in life shall be these – that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I’ve done and who I’ve been..
~C. Hoppe

It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days..
~Isabel Waxman

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. .
~Roger Babson

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
~Milton Berle

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it..
William Arthur Ward

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. .
~Arnold H. Glasow

Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves..
~Jawaharlal Nehru

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

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. .
~Harold Geneen

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

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.
~Maya Angelou

Put your future in good hands – your own. .
~Author Unknown

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. .
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. .
~e.e. cummings

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out..
~Art Linkletter

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures..
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else..
~Judy Garland

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going..
~Beverly Sills

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

~Marianne Williamson

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. .
~e.e. cummings

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving..
~Russell Green

All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them..
~Walt Disney

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!.
~Louisa May Alcott

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

I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known. .
~Author Unknown

graduation sayings and expressions

Hitch your wagon to a star.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
~Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

There is just one life for each of us: our own.

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
~David Lloyd George

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.
~Eleanor Powell

Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money.
~William Lyon Phelps

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
~Brian Tracy

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

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
~Albert Einstein

The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.
~Doug Larson

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
~Ralph W. Sockman

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
~Bishop Mandell Creighton

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.
~Orrin Hatch

Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.
~Gary Bolding

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
~Theodore Roosevelt

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
~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

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues.
~Author Unknown

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.
~Joseph Addison

Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.
~Wendy Wasserstein

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
~Ralph Waldo EmersonIt is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
~Edmund HillaryThe whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
~Sydney J. Harris

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!
~Andy McIntyre

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