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Inspirational Graduation Quotes for Graduation Announcements & Invitations

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 graduation 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. 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 a famous quote. Here are some examples that fit many different styles.

Motivational Graduation Quotes

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Inspirational graduation quotes are perfect if you're looking to motivate the graduate lighten your own graduation party invitation or announcement. These quotes foster a message for graduates of all ages to push on, make a difference, or follow their dreams. For inspirational quotes, look to some well-known writers for encouraging prose to express your enthusiasm and support for the future of your new graduate.

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. - Wayne Dyer

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - E.E. Cummings

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

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

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

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

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

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

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams in the life you've imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

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. – Dr. Seuss

Words of Wisdom Quotes

If you would like to offer some wise advice to your graduate, then the words of these great leaders add an inspiring touch. Graduation quotes that offer wisdom and a new perspective on life, as the graduate moves forward will warm the heart. These inspirational graduation sayings are meant to inspire the graduate and help them reflect on life's journey.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well. - John D. Rockefeller

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. - Helen Keller

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom. - Oprah Winfrey

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. - Ellen DeGeneres

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. - John Updike

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. - JK Rowling

Religious Quotes

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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 the future. If religion plays a major role in your life or the graduate's life, a religious graduation quote or saying is the perfect way to show how faith has helped the graduate accomplish their goals.

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

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Funny Graduation Quotes

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In addition to heartfelt exchanges, graduation is also a time of light-hearted fun. A funny graduation quote can add an easygoing element to your graduation card, party invitation, or announcement. If you're writing a special message to go along with your gift for the graduate, you can include a funny graduation saying to provide a few laughs. If comic relief is 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. -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. - Gary Bolding

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. - Bette Reese

The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. - Jon Stewart

The tassel's worth the hassle! – Unknown

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock. - Benjamin Franklin

Now that you've graduated, just remember: Bosses don't usually accept notes from your mother. - Melanie White

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

Graduation is a time to celebrate and honor your loved ones as they embark on the next phase of their life. In addition to announcements and invitations, you can use any of these quotes for a word of advice card to send the graduate off with something to reflect on. These quotes can help you personalize your wishes and excitement for them as they embrace their future endeavors.

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