Commencement Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old commencement quotes, commencement sayings, and commencement proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


In love it is only the commencement that charms. I am not surprised that we find pleasure in frequently recommencing.     

Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne

Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.     

Orrin Hatch

The whole point of a commencement speech is to say something encouraging.     

Pamela Druckerman

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.

Garry Trudeau

A commencement is a time of joy. It is also a time of melancholy. But then again, so is life.     

Paul Tsongas

Commencement Day has a sobering finality in that it's the end of the prescribed path.     

Steve Blank

To make a commencement requires a mental effort.     

Seneca The Younger

Commencement addresses are usually garbage. They're for colleges seeking publicity.     

Greg Gutfeld