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Whether it's college, high school, your son or daughter, we have a wide range of What to Write in a Graduation Card: 50+ Messages and Wishes Funny quotes are great as long as you know the grad's sense of humor.

In a blink of an eye, your wonderful daughter, kid brother, or sweet cousin is all grown-up and walking across the big stage to receive their diploma. Of course, you’ve planned the perfect party, but if you just can’t seem to find the right words to let them know how proud you are, these simple, heartfelt messages will help you get started. Paired with an unforgettable gift, and it truly will be the best day ever.


  • "Caps off to you, graduate!"
  • “Congratulations! This is only just the beginning. You’re a star in the making!”
  • “Congratulations on your big day! Know without a doubt that you were made for great things.”
  • "Congratulations! We are so proud of you."
  • "Congrats, you did it!"


  • “You’re on your way to seek new vistas, dream new dreams, embark on who you are. Remember to embrace life with passion and keep reaching for the stars.”
  • “The road ahead will have its share of obstacles, but you’re incredibly ambitious and strong to overcome anything that comes your way.”
  • “Chasing a dream requires hard work, passion, and many sacrifices. We can’t wait to see you accomplish everything your heart desires.”
  • “Nothing can stop you now. Your next adventure awaits, and we’re excited to see where it leads you.”
  • “Today is only the first of many amazing moments and I know life has many more in store for you.”

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  • "Never stop growing, exploring, learning, and challenging yourself.”
  • “School may be over, but life’s lessons are yet to be learnt. Keep an open heart and mind. Happy graduation!”
  • “The journey of life brings both challenges and chances. May you snatch the chances and beat the challenges. Congratulations on graduating.”
  • “Graduation isn’t the end of a tough journey. It is the beginning of a beautiful one. Start each day believing in yourself and watch the magic happen.”
  • “Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. And, before you quit, try.”


  • “From when you were little to this very day, you continue giving us reasons to hold our heads up in pride. Congratulations on your achievement!”
  • “It seems like just yesterday you were just starting school and now, you’re receiving your diploma. It’s been a joy to watch you grow and achieve so much these past four years."
  • “It's true what they say, time flies, but I'm glad we've created incredible memories together that I'll cherish forever. Congratulations, graduate!”
  • “I closed my eyes for but a moment and suddenly you stood where my baby used to be. I may not carry you now in my arms, but I will always carry you in my heart. Congratulations on this special achievement.”
  • “Know what makes your graduation extra special? It’s having watched you grow up, sharing amazing memories with you, and knowing all the challenges you’ve worked through to get to this day. You did it, kid.”


  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau
  • “Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” —Michael Josephson
  • “Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.” —Neil Gaiman
  • “Go forth and set the world on fire.” —St. Ignatius Loyola
  • “There is no excuse to wait a day to do what you want to do and to change the way that you want to change." —Sophia Bush

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Thinking of you on your Graduation, and wishing you happiness always! You have not only graduated from high school. You have graduated.

Graduation Card Messages

high school graduation wishes quotes

Graduating high school is a major rite of passage in the life of the average young person. It is a major accomplishment that signals they are on the doorstep of adulthood. Whether the high school graduate is going on to college, trade school or are about to start their journey in the world of work, the graduation wishes they receive can make them feel proud about what they have achieved and give them the inspiration and motivation to achieve even greater things.

Whether you are the parent or a friend of someone who is graduating high school, here are some wishes you can give to them.





You totally deserve it.


I’m just so proud of you. Congratulations!

Graduation Wishes for A Friend Finishing High School

If one of your friends is graduating from high school, here are a few meaningful, positive wishes you can write in their yearbook or in a card you are giving to them.

  • Congratulations on completing this important milestone. I know you will go on to have bigger and better accomplishments. You are an inspiration to me.
  • I know it wasn’t always easy, but you had the intelligence, determination and strength to complete the journey. Congratulations on your high school graduation.
  • Seeing you walk boldly across the stage and get your high school diploma shows me you have grown and are well prepared for to face your future. Congrats. I am proud to be your friend.
  • Congrats on getting your high school diploma and shaking the principal’s hand. You have completed stage one of your ambitious career plan. I know you are going to make it, cause bro you are the man!!!
  • To some their high school diploma is only a piece of paper. But I know how much earning it means to you. It’s a major stepping stone to making your dream come true. Congratulations.
  • Congratulations! You’ve done it. Getting your high school diploma is a big step. You showed your have the discipline to overcome obstacles and attain your goal. I’m proud to say you are my friend.

Congratulations. You are now a high school graduate.

  • Seeing you with your high school diploma in your hand means you are gathering the tools it takes to make your life better and more prosperous. You go bro!! Nothing can stop you.
  • Now that you have graduated, high school is over. I have more love and respect for you than ever before. The focus and determination you showed when times got hard was epic. You deserve to celebrate at least a little. Congrats and good luck.
  • High school diploma? Check. College offers? Check. A willingness to work hard? Check. A clear plan for your future? Check. Congratulations, my friend. You are checking all the boxes that lead to a prosperous, productive life.

Congratulations on your graduation.

High School Graduation Wishes for My Daughter

  • When it’s your daughter that’s graduating from high school, she deserves special praise, the most powerful blessing, motivational sayings, best wishes and words of wisdom.
  • Congratulations and Happy Graduation Day. You are as beautiful as a rose and by doing the work necessary to graduate high school, you have proven you are intelligent and wise as well. Go on and live your dreams.

Happy Graduation Day!

  • Now that high school is behind you, a world filled with possibility lays before you. Congratulations my beautiful young graduate. There’s nothing you can’t accomplish with God’s help and your strong mind.
  • Congratulations and I wish you the best of everything, my little princess. Graduating high school proves you have the intelligence and discipline to make your way in this world.
  • Happy high school graduation to a beautiful, intelligent young woman. May you continue to persevere in all your endeavors and make yourself and your parents proud.
  • Congratulations on your graduation sweetheart. Tears flowed down my cheeks as I watched you receive your high school diploma. I saw a confident young woman who has what it takes to be successful in career, marriage and motherhood. I wish you all the best.
  • Your beauty is captivating. Your mind is amazing. Your future is bright. Celebrating your high school graduation is only the beginning. You can change the world.
  • This day you go forth into the world a changed woman. A high school graduate. Congratulations.

I’m so proud of you!

Graduation Wishes for My Son Finishing High School

  • Much is expected of young men. Graduating from high school is just the first step. However, it’s important to tell our sons the pride and joy we feel when they succeed.
  • Congratulations son. You’ve taken your first step into manhood. Graduating from high school means you have a sound mind and the ability to follow instruction. Go into the world, pursue your dreams and work to make them a reality. You can do it!
  • Happy graduation young man. Congratulations and hats off to you. With your intelligent mind, strong body and kind heart, you can attain any goal you set for yourself. Celebrate your accomplishment, but understand tomorrow you begin another journey. One that will determine how great a man you will become.

I always know you could make it! Congratulations!

  • Graduating from high like you have just done, is worthy of praise. It is an important step that makes more opportunities available to you. Make the most of those opportunities and it can bring you joy, peace and prosperity.
  • I’ve seen you grow from an uncertain freshman trying to find your way into a confident senior ready to make your way and your mark in the world. Congratulations on graduating high school.
  • I didn’t know if you would be able to be celebrating your high school graduation today, but here you are. You deserve the best life has to offer. When few offered you words of encouragement, you motivated yourself. Now you deserve all the praise for a tough job well done. Congratulations. I pray life only gets better from here.
  • Math and science were hard and the teachers were sometimes a bore. But now you are done with high school and ready to do much more. Congratulations! You are now a high school graduate.
  • Congratulations. The high school diploma you hold in your hand is a key. Use it to unlock your unlimited potential and the countless opportunities the world has to offer.


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What to Write in a Graduation Card (78 Messages, Wishes, Quotes, and Congratulations)

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Here are some heart-felt and appropriate high school graduation quotes, wishes and messages for use in greetings cards of social media such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram. We hope you enjoy them.

High School Graduation Wishes, Messages and Quotes

Chase your dreams, burst out at the seams. Wishing you tons of happiness on your special day. We are so very proud of your accomplishments.

Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. —Martin Luther King Jr.

Congratulations on scripting the first chapter of your success story son. What a huge accomplishment. With your grand high school graduation success, I send you love and also best wishes for your brighter future.

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

Hard work always pays off – and you’re proof. You graduated! No one can ever take this achievement away from you. You earned this. Congratulations.

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

Coming from adversity, working to pay the bills, and still graduating towards the top of your class is what you make you so special. Your stick-to-it-ness is going to take you far. I just can’t believe how much you have grown in maturity and intelligence; we are so proud of you.

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

Congratulations on graduating from high school. May God shower his blessings upon you today. Your future is an unwritten symphony just awaiting your unique talents to make it a masterpiece.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates

Make the most out of everything you learned from school. What are you going to do now that there are no more finals? Ever? Go have a lot of fun and then we have to start packing for college :).

Understand that your success in life won’t be determined just by what’s given to you, or what happens to you, but by what you do with all that’s given to you—what you do with all that happens to you. How hard you try, how far you push yourself, how high you’re willing to reach.  True excellence only comes with perseverance. This wasn’t something I really understood when I was back your age. – Barack Obama 2010

Your efforts have paid off and you finally made it! May today be full of special moments to remember for a long long time – cherish them! Each class has been a building block for the rest of your life. So many avenues have opened up for you know.

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

Congratulations! You finally made it! Time to spread your wings and fly. Here’s to your amazing achievement. Let’s have some non-alcoholic champagne to celebrate!

It is absolutely still possible to make a difference. —Michelle Obama

My dearest grand-daughter, with your grand high school graduation success, I send you love and also best wishes for your brighter future. I know you though this day would never come – but here it is! Never stop trying, never stop learning – that is the path to success for the rest of your life

That diploma you hold in your hands today is really just your learner’s permit for the rest of the drive through life. Remember, you don’t have to be smarter than the next person, all you have to do is be willing to work harder than the next person. – Jimmy Iovine

Congratulations for all your hard work paying off. Not only did you graduate, you made it to the top of your class! It is amazing. Now go have fun backpacking through Europe with all your friends.

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

You studied hard in high school to get into a good college. What are you going to do now that there are no more finals? I know – sleep! Nothing in life can take away the lessons you have learnt while walking along the road to success.

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. – Bill Beattie

Our heartiest congratulations on your grand high school graduation success and also the absolute best wishes for a better future!  We are so proud of you! Here’s to your success and to your brand new life. I’m going to miss you so much when you go off to college – but I’m not going to miss doing your laundry!

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 Orben

You have not only graduated from high school but have taken a major step into adulthood. We are so proud of you my twins! May today be full of special moments to remember for a long long time!

Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. – Senator Orrin Hatch

You studied hard in high school to get into a good college. Today is so special, you finally made it out of high school. Continue to climb and never stop. I am so excited for your next phase in college and the adventure of moving away from home. But don’t worry, we are only a couple hours away!

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. —Henry Peter Brougham

Leaving high school and all your friends is tough it is a part of life. But with WhatsApp and texting it will be like you never left! Huge congratulations my dear! Welcome to the rest of your life!

At graduation you wear your square-shaped mortarboards. My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros. – Paul Freund

We are proud of you and your accomplishments. Huge congratulations. What are you going to do with all those books now? May the future ahead of you be as wonderful as you are.

Graduation is the end of therotical knowledge and the start of practical life. – Geetha Laxman

You finally made it – and that diploma in your hand proves it! Take a picture of it!! Time to spread your wings and fly. Wishing you the best of luck to help you do great in college and achieve all you ever wanted.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats

Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements, prepare for a future of opportunities and embrace a world of infinite possibilities. What a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!

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

I teared up when I saw you getting that diploma! You are finally free – if only for a short while! Enjoy these next few months before you have to go to college. You’ve earned it!

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. – Daniel J. Boorstin

I can’t believe you graduated in the top of your class – you make us all so proud! Maybe you can be a mentor to the next graduating class? We’re confident that you will continue with even more successes in college and your career. Huge congratulations!

Your graduation is a milestone in your life. – Catherine Pulsifer

You finally graduated! Overcoming all your hardships and working to help your family out the whole time make this achievement even more amazing. Huge congratulation are in order. Your family must be so proud of you.

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

The high school days you leave behind you never will forget, but may the days that lie ahead be even better yet. May this special day bring you endless joy and tons of precious memories! Congratulations!

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn

Congratulations on your graduation. May today be full of special moments to remember for a long long time! Nothing in life can take away the lessons you have learnt while walking along the road to success.

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

School may be over but life’s lessons are yet to be learnt. I hope your special day will bring you lots of joy, happiness and fun. Congratulations on scripting the first chapter of your success story.

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

Leaving high school may be tough but growing is a part of life and you have to be string for the next waves that will come upon you. Today is so special. Congratulations for all your hard work paying off.

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. – Plato

Sending you a sky full of sunshine, days filled with happiness, and a pocket full of dreams. Wishing you tons of happiness on your special day. Congratulations on conquering high school! Good results are attained through a hard work and you have shown that. Wishing you tons of happiness on your special day. Let’s celebrate.

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

Celebrate your success on your graduation from high school. Wishing you tons of happiness on your special day. I can’t believe you’re so grown up already. I still remember when you were just learning to read!

Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throats. – Martin H. Fischer

Get a grip on to that diploma and hold your head up high. Graduating from high school is a big deal and you did it! Time to go for a nice long ride in the car you got from your dad for making it in the top 10!

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

In the words of Homer Simpson – Woohoo! You graduated! Now you can take some well earned rest. Congratulations!

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. —Arthur Ashe

Your first day of school, your first best friend, your first crush, your first F, the first time you bunked class, studying one day before your exam, all-nighters; the past few years will be the best ones you’ve had in your entire life. What are you going to do now that there are no more finals? Ever? You won’t know what to do with yourself… which will be great! Start binge watching Netflix!

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. – Edward Everett

We finally graduated and also made it into college. Whew! What a journey. I couldn’t have done it without you my friend! Let’s party it up tonight – we deserve it!

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

High school was tough – all that homework, all those assignments, all those late nights – but you made it! This is the real way to level-up! Wishing you tons of happiness today, and that you to achieve your goals in life!

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates

Today is the day that you stand up high and proud in front of the audience to show them how fierce you were in rising above the challenges of high school. May God shower his blessings upon you today. Time to thrive my friend!

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein

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Graduation Messages and Wishes For 2019

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Graduation is a big occasion that calls for big sentiments. Whether you’re writing a commencement address or just sending graduation wishes, you’re searching for words that are profound, poetic, inspirational, funny, and preferably, brief. But hey, no pressure.

This is when it might be a good time to lean on the eloquence of others. Fortunately, many people have offered their pearls of wisdom to high school and college graduates over the years. In fact, you could probably fill a hefty book with sage words of advice for graduating students.

Consider this the Cliffs Notes version. To save you from endless research, we’ve put together a list of the best graduation quotes of all time. Note that while many of these sayings are well-known, we’ve taken the road less traveled and avoided some of the more obvious choices.

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It’s called “commencement” because graduates are beginning something new. Here are some inspirational graduation quotes to motivate them toward greatness.

  • “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
  • “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
  • “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
  • “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
  • “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
  • “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
  • “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
    attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.”
  • “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
  • “The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”
  • “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
  • “You cannot authentically live anyone’s life but your own. That is the deal life offers us.”
  • “This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.”
  • “Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”
  • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


Hey, there’s only so much space on a graduation card. Here are some graduation messages that say a lot in a few words.

  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
  • “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
  • “Life loves the liver of it.”
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
  • “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.”
  • “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”
  • “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure!”
  • “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
  • “Share your sparkle wherever you are.”
  • “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
  • “In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.”
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
  • “There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.”
  • “Go forth and set the world on fire.”


Graduation is a solemn and ceremonious rite of passage, which makes it a perfect target for humor. Here are some funny graduation quotes to keep things loose.

  • “You have the power. You are your own professor now. Which I know is a little creepy because that means you’re showering with your professor. But you have tenure. They can’t fire you.”
  • “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
  • “If you’re still playing beer pong five years from now, you may be on the wrong track.”
  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
  • “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.”
  • “Life has no remote… get up and change it yourself!”
  • “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.”
  • “Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. Then by all means follow that path.”
  • “To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.”
  • “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

For Daughter

Graduation is an emotional time for the proud parents. Here are some quotes to share with a daughter who’s graduating.

  • “Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.”
  • “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”
  • “She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.”

For Son

Here are some quotes to share with a graduating son.

  • “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
  • “A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.”
  • “Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.”

Graduation Toasts

Let us not forget that graduation is a time of celebration. Raise your glass to these graduation toasts.

  • “May you live long enough to see your hair grayed, your grandchildren grown, and your student loans paid off!”
  • “Here’s to the parents who adored us
    The teachers who bored us
    The assignments that wore on us
    And the friendships that restored us!”
  • “Here’s to the graduate. She’s leaving classes, but staying classy.”
  • “Here’s a toast to the graduate, because toast is about all he can afford to eat with the cost of tuition these days.”

Of course, graduation is also a time for saying goodbye – to classmates, teachers, and sometimes parents. If that’s your focus, see this list of the best farewell quotes.

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