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Graduation Quotes - Ideas for Graduation Announcements & Invitations

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Graduation Day marks an important academic milestone, an exciting occasion that is often celebrated with family and friends. Whether you are sending high school or college graduation announcements, or party invitations to commemorate the special event, there are many different ways to express the end of this educational achievement and the optimism it brings. However, conveying a unique but meaningful message can be a difficult task. Sometimes borrowing the words of others can help you communicate just the right sentiments. If you want to highlight the graduate's accomplishments, focus on their new beginnings, or simply offer some words of wisdom, what better way to do it than with the famous quotes of others. Here are some examples that fit many different styles.

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Inspirational Quotes

For inspirational verses, look to some well-known writers for encouraging prose to express your enthusiasm and support for the future of your new graduate.

You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up
reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.

- American novelist and poet John Updike
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams in the life you've imagined.
- American author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau

If you're looking for something more fun, how about a message from the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss?:

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! 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.

Motivational Graduation Quotes

These quotes foster a message for graduates of all ages to push on, make a difference, or follow their dreams.

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
- Author and motivational speaker Wayne Dyer
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- American poet E.E. Cummings
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
- American author William Arthur Ward

Words of Wisdom

If you would like to offer some scholarly advice to your graduate, then the words of these great leaders would add an inspiring touch.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
- Former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill
The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.
- Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller

Religious Quotes

To incorporate more of a religious theme on your invitations or announcements, these spiritual verses offer a way to express your heartfelt sentiments with messages of faith and hope for their future.

God has a great plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Funny Graduation Quotes

If comic relief is more your style, borrow some humorous lines from some of these prominent people.

It is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to
avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock.

- Hairstylist, businessman, and philanthropist Vidal Sassoon
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.

- Artist Gary Bolding
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
- American Officer and pilot Bette Reese
The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core
curriculum. The entire place is an elective.

- Political satirist Jon Stewart

Graduation is a time to celebrate and honor your loved ones as they embark on the next phase of their life. These quotes can help you personalize your wishes and excitement for them as they embrace their future endeavors.