Best Graduation Quotes

75+ Best Graduation Quotes to Cherish and Share

Graduation marks a significant life chapter filled with emotions, reflections, and aspirations. It’s a time when words of wisdom, humor, and inspiration are most sought after to commemorate this monumental occasion. Whether you’re drafting a graduation speech, writing a card, or simply looking to inspire a graduate, the correct quote can encapsulate the essence of this milestone. Dive into our curated list of graduation quotes across various themes to find the perfect expression for this celebratory moment.

Short graduation quotes

  1. “Change takes courage.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  2. “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” —Mike Ditka
  3. “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” —Albert Einstein
  4. “Work so hard that you never have to introduce yourself.” —Gigi Hadid
  5. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” —Babe Ruth
  6. “There are no regrets in life — just lessons.” —Jennifer Aniston
  7. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” —Steven Jobs
  8. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” —Melinda Gates
  9. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” —Oprah Winfrey
  10. “To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift.” —Steve Prefontaine
  11. “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” —Will Smith
  12. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” —Matt Bondi
  13. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” —Ben Hogan
  14. “This above all: To thine own self be true.” —William Shakespeare
  15. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda
  16. “Be bold, be courageous, be your best.” –Gabrielle Giffords
  17. “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.” —Michelle Obama
  18. “You’re not a slacker if you cut yourself some slack.” —Bill Gates
  19. “Be persistent and never give up hope.” —George Lucas
  20. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” —Gloria Steinem

High School Graduation Quotes

High school graduation is a vibrant threshold into adulthood, combining the nostalgia of childhood left behind with the excitement of future possibilities. These quotes capture the spirit of achievement and the anticipation of new adventures that define high school graduation:

  1. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” — B.B. King
  2. “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” — Oprah Winfrey
  3. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
  7. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  8. “Be bold, be courageous, be your best.” — Gabrielle Giffords
  9. “There are no regrets in life, just lessons.” — Jennifer Aniston
  10. “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” — Nora Ephron
  11. “Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!” — Louisa May Alcott
  12. “Always aim for achievement, and forget about success.” — Helen Hayes
  13. “The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” — Maya Angelou
  14. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau
  15. “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” — Senator Orrin Hatch

Funny Graduation Quotes

Laughter is a universal language and what better way to celebrate graduation than with a touch of humor? These funny graduation quotes lighten the mood and add a dose of laughter to the celebration:

  1. “Now that you’ve graduated, just remember: Bosses don’t usually accept notes from your mother.” — Melanie White
  2. “I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back.” — Fred Allen
  3. “The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” — Sarah Brown
  4. “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers
  5. “I can’t wait to hear your name horribly mispronounced at graduation.” — Unknown
  6. “Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.” — Mark A. Cooper
  7. “If at first you don’t succeed, try to hide your astonishment.” — Harry Banks
  8. “The tassel’s worth the hassle!” — Unknown
  9. “You did it! Now it’s time to start paying off that student loan.” — Unknown
  10. “Remember, when it comes to applying for jobs, books ARE judged by their cover!” — Patricia Akins
  11. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” — Will Rogers
  12. “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 Purvis
  13. “By the time you graduate college, reality sets in. Time to figure out nobody was waiting to hire you to be their boss.” — Unknown
  14. “So, you like learning? List that under ‘hobbies’ on your resume.” — Unknown
  15. “Diploma: the most expensive piece of paper you’ll ever own.” — Unknown

College graduation quotes

  1. “Success is nothing if you don’t have the right people to share it with; you’re just going to end up lonely.” —Selena Gomez
  2. “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.” —Joy J. Golliver
  3. “That clock you hear is the sound of your own heart. Sink your teeth into this life, and don’t get let go.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda
  4. “No job or task is too small or beneath you. If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do, and do it better.” —Bobbi Brown
  5. “You can’t do it alone. Be open to collaboration. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler
  6. “When we show up, act boldly, and practice the best ways to be wrong, we fail forward. No matter where we end up, we’ve grown from where we began.” —Stacey Abrams
  7. “I celebrate you as you remember the power of grace and pride, and I challenge you to choose freedom over fear.” —Janelle Monáe
  8. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” —John Dewey
  9. “You could travel with the sheep, follow everybody else’s stuff, but then you’re not you. I guess if I want to say anything it’s ‘Be you.’ Be true to you, and that should make the ride a little more interesting.” — Whoopi Goldberg
  10. “There will be times when your best isn’t good enough. There can be many reasons for this, but as long as you give your best you’ll be OK.” —Robert De Niro
  11. “We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success.” —Tory Burch
  12. “Now the first suggestion is to aim high, but be aware that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.” —Sandra Day O’Connor
  13. “As you graduate, as you deal with your excitement and your doubts today, I urge you to try and create the world you want to live in. Minister to the world in a way that can change it. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get your hands dirty way.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  14. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau
  15. “The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” —Maya Angelou

Graduation Quotes About the Future

The future is an unwritten book, full of potential and opportunities. These quotes encourage graduates to embrace their futures with hope and boldness:

  1. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” — Kerry Washington
  3. “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.” — Michelle Obama
  4. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis
  5. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs
  6. “Dream big and dare to fail.” — Norman Vaughan
  7. “The future depends on what you do today.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  8. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” — William Butler Yeats
  9. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.” — Anatole France
  10. “What we do now echoes in eternity.” — Marcus Aurelius
  11. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” — William Faulkner
  12. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” — Simone de Beauvoir
  13. “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X
  14. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James
  15. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” — Les Brown

Graduation Quotes About Success

Success is often the aim of many graduates. These quotes reflect on what it means to be successful and how to approach the journey to achieve it:

  1. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer
  2. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” — Anne Sweeney
  3. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston S. Churchill
  4. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” — Booker T. Washington
  5. “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” — John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  6. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
  8. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy
  9. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau
  10. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” — Colin R. Davis
  11. “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.” — Unknown
  12. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb
  13. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Zig Ziglar
  14. “Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.” — Mark Zuckerberg
  15. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” — Vince Lombardi

Graduation Quotes About Friends

Friendships formed during school years are often among the most influential relationships in a person’s life. These quotes celebrate the friends who have been part of the journey and will continue to be part of future stories:

  1. “Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” — Jon Katz
  2. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. “A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” — Elbert Hubbard
  4. “The best mirror is an old friend.” — George Herbert
  5. “A real friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell
  6. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'” — C.S. Lewis
  7. “True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.” — Helen Keller
  8. “It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.” — Unknown
  9. “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.” — Unknown
  10. “Friends are the family you choose.” — Jess C. Scott
  11. “Friendship is not about who you spend the most time with, it’s about who you have the best time with.” — Unknown
  12. “No friendship is an accident.” — O. Henry
  13. “The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” — Hubert H. Humphrey
  14. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” — Tennessee Williams
  15. “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” — Dr. Seuss

Inspirational graduation quotes

  1. “We are all deserving and we don’t need permission or an invitation to exist and to step into our power.” —Ilhan Omar
  2. “Your self worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” —Beyoncé
  3. “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.” —Taylor Swift
  4. “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.” —Rihanna
  5. “Understand that one day you will have the power to make a difference, so use it well.” —Mindy Kaling
  6. “I’m continually trying to make choices that put me out of my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable it means you’re growing.” —Ashton Kutcher
  7. “It’s amazing what you can get if you quietly, clearly and authoritatively demand it.” —Meryl Streep
  8. “It’s the choice. You have to wake up every day and say ‘There’s no reason today can’t be the best day of my life.'” —Blake Lively
  9. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan
  10. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” —Derek Jeter
  11. “My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges, and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them.” —Ruth Westheimer
  12. “There is no passion to be found in playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” —Nelson Mandela
  13. “When someone who loves you hugs you, hug them back with two arms—don’t do the one-arm hug, because when you hug someone with two arms, it allows you to lean on somebody, and we all need someone to lean on.” — Sandra Bullock
  14. “Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. —Bo Bennett

Graduation Quotes About Memories

Graduation is a reflective time, a moment to look back on the experiences that shaped the graduates’ journeys. These quotes explore the importance of memories and the role they play in our lives:

  1. “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” — Cesare Pavese
  2. “Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.” — Oscar Wilde
  3. “The real moment has disappeared but you will always have the memories to remind you.” — Debasish Mridha
  4. “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” — Rosa Parks
  5. “Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” — Bob Dylan
  6. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss
  7. “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” — Karl Lagerfeld
  8. “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” — Corrie Ten Boom
  9. “The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” — Cesare Pavese
  10. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” — T.S. Eliot
  11. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln
  12. “Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled.” — Jean Paul
  13. “Life is shorter, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.” — Unknown
  14. “A memory is a photograph taken by the heart to make a special moment last forever.” — Unknown
  15. “The heart that truly loves never forgets.” — Proverb

Proud graduation quotes

  1. “Every day is a new opportunity to change your life and be who you want to be.” —Demi Lovato
  2. “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” —Michelle Obama
  3. “Remember this: You are awesome. I’m not suggesting you be boastful. No one likes that in men or women. But I am suggesting that believing in yourself is the first necessary step to coming even close to achieving your potential.” —Sheryl Sandberg
  4. “Don’t ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life. It’s too short and you’re too special.” —Ariana Grande
  5. “Ignore the naysayers. Really the only option is: head down and focus on the job.” —Chris Pine
  6. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” —Michelle Obama
  7. “The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be alone with the sky, nature, and God. For only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature’s beauty and simplicity.” —Anne Frank
  8. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” —E. E. Cummings
  9. “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” —Emma Stone
  10. “You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you, and you already have.” —Meryl Streep
  11. “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” —Mother Teresa
  12. “So often in life things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  13. “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” —Eeyore
  14. “What do you have to do? What do you want to do? Tomorrow is not promised. Make plans anyway.” —Lin Manuel Miranda
  15. “There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.” —Jennifer Aniston
  16. “For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.” —Vincent Van Gogh

Graduation Quotes About Parents

Graduation is also a proud moment for parents who have supported their children through their educational journey. These quotes acknowledge and honor the role of parents in reaching this milestone:

  1. “Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” — Matthew Jacobson
  2. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” — Anne Frank
  3. “The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad!” — Unknown
  4. “A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.” — Robert Brault
  5. “To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.” — Unknown
  6. “The effort you put into every detail of your child’s life has led to this day. It’s a reflection of your love and commitment.” — Unknown
  7. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” — Jim Valvano
  8. “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” — Erich Fromm
  9. “A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain, a mother’s goodness deeper than the sea.” — Japanese Proverb
  10. “Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.” — Peter Ustinov
  11. “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” — Theodore Hesburgh
  12. “It’s a proud moment for you as parents. All the sacrifices and sleepless nights have led to this day.” — Unknown
  13. “To her, the name of father was another name for love.” — Fanny Fern
  14. “The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself.” — James E. Faust
  15. “No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us.” — Brad Meltzer

Graduation quotes for Instagram

  1. “It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” —George Burns
  2. “There’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like you.” —Ariana Grande
  3. “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney
  4. “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.” —Drake
  5. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” —Sun Tzu
  7. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” —Arthur Ashe
  8. “She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.” —Kobi Yamada
  9. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” —C.S. Lewis
  10. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” —Oscar Wilde
  11. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.'” —Audrey Hepburn
  12. “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” —Jack Dempsey
  13. “Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” —Lady Gaga
  14. “Be kind to yourself a little more every day.” —Dua Lipa
  15. “You will screw it up sometimes.” —Taylor Swift
  16. “And here you are living despite it all.” —Rupi Kaur
  17. “If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.” —Lady Gaga
  18. “Keep your eyes on the finish line and not on the turmoil around you.” —Rihanna

Senior quotes

  1. “For every winner, there doesn’t have to be a loser. In fact, most success stories are less about competition and more about collaboration.” —Michelle Yeoh
  2. “Time is the most valuable resource on the planet.” —Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
  3. “Please don’t be afraid, don’t worry yourself. The end and beginning, beginning and end are connected.” —BTS’s Suga
  4. “Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don’t listen to the critics – and you will figure it out.” —Will Ferrell
  5. “Building your community is how you change the world.” —LeBron James
  6. “Never let anyone put you in a box or tell you what you can do. Make sure you paint your own picture and go your own path, and continue to think outside the box.” —Magic Johnson
  7. “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” —Beyoncé
  8. “Embrace your uniqueness for it is what makes you truly beautiful.” —Dove Cameron
  9. “I’ve always done whatever I want and been exactly who I am.” —Billie Eilish
  10. “Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different, just try hard to be you.” —Zendaya
  11. “If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise.” —Rupi Kaur
  12. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” —Serena Williams
  13. “You can be everything. You can be the infinite amount of things that people are.” —Kesha
  14. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” —Marilyn Monroe


Graduation is more than just a formal ceremony—it is a celebration of achievements, a reflection on years spent learning and growing, and an optimistic gaze toward the future. The quotes we’ve shared today resonate with the joy, humor, wisdom, and nostalgia that come with such a life-changing event. As you step forward into new beginnings, let these words inspire you, make you smile, and remind you of the journey you’ve traversed. Whether you are a graduate, a proud parent, a supportive friend, or a mentor, these quotes are here to enhance your experience and fuel your aspirations. Embrace the wisdom, cherish the memories, laugh a little, and carry these thoughts into your next adventure with confidence and hope. Congratulations to all graduates on your remarkable milestone!

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