Graduating Sayings and Quotes

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

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.     

Newton D. Baker

We don't stop going to school when we graduate.     

Carol Burnett

When you graduate from college, they tell you to follow your dreams. Does anyone say you have to wake up first?     

Bill Cosby

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

Louisa May Alcott

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

Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.     

John Green

Graduating college in four years is like leaving a party at 10:30     


The day you graduate is not the end of your school career, but, it is the beginning of a new life full of adventure and excitement.     


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


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

Jawaharlal Nehru

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Anatole France

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

God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.     

Elbert Hubbard

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

Edward Koch

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.     

George W. Bush

All real education is the architecture of the soul.     

William Bennett

You're not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You're going to advance in life by what you're going to learn after you leave here.     

Charlie Munger

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.     

Henry David Thoreau

Education is the best provision for old age.     


The important thing is the educational experience itself how to survive it.     

Donald Barthelme

One half who graduate from college never read another book.     

G. M. Trevelyan

I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.     

Joe Theismann

Successful graduates from the school of life thrive on failed attempts.     

Kamil Ali

People who enroll themselves in the schools of pride, eventually graduate with and high degree of fall. Failure employs prides scholars. Get rusticated now!     

Israelmore Ayivor

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.     


There is a good reason they call these ceremonies commencement exercises. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.     

Orrin Hatch

All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder     


Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.     

Wendy Wasserstein

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


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

Doug Larson

I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at 4:00 in the afternoon, I'd be a college graduate today.     

George Foreman

If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.     

Robert Goheen

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

Richard Halliburton

It's so important to understand your good attendance ups your chances of graduating.     

Tyra Banks

Students graduating with high debt encounter difficulties in qualifying for home and automobile loans.     

Hank Johnson

You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that's wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that's worse. This is a day.     

Andy Samberg

For many, graduation marks the end of formal student life - the end of long spring breaks and of thinking that a 10 A.M. class is far too early.     

Alexa Von Tobel