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These high school graduation wishes and messages are best and able to light the fire of inspiration to make a positive difference in career and life ahead.

Graduation is a momentous occasion in ones life. Sending your graduation wishes during this time is a wonderful gift to the honoree.

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  • We congratulation people on many different occasions, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries for example. But my favourite happens to be graduations. You are leaving one good thing to go on to another. With high hopes that this thing will be great!
    Wedding Wishes

  • Graduations don’t come around very often like birthdays so you need to celebrate them right! Don’t take them lightly, enjoy them immensely and celebrate with all your might!
    Birthday Wishes

  • Its funny how today you are celebrating your graduation and one day many years from now you will be celebrating your retirement. There are many years between now and then, but keep in mind, time goes by fast so enjoy every moment.
    Retirement Wishes

  • Graduations are a blessing that some of us take for granted. By the time we get to grad we are tired and in need of a break. Remember not everyone is blessed with a chance like this and make it something that you never brush off. Celebrate it!
    Wedding Blessings

  • The Easters of my past have brought me so much joy, with fun and family and friends. I was surprised to see your graduation was no different, bringing the same joy and fun to me.
    Easter Wishes

  • Life has had its ups and downs but through it all, marriage and kids, you were able to make it all work including graduating from something you worked so hard to complete. Congrats on being the strongest person I know and fulfilling your dreams!
    Marriage Wishes

  • I am grateful for many things in my life, and this graduation is no exception. Thank you to all those who came to celebrate with me and the start of my new beginning.
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  • No matter what I go to write, whether in a wedding card or a birthday card, I have always been stumped on what to say as soon as I open the card. But here I am writing away at how delighted and overjoyed at your accomplishments!
    What To Write In A Wedding Card

  • Wishing you a graduation with the excitement of Christmas morning. Wishing you presents in the same manner as well!!
    Merry Christmas Wishes

  • You know from this point on, you will be looking at your future with endless possibilities. This of course has always been the way we have looked at your future but now I see you in the job of your choice, getting married and having a beautiful wedding, and who knows, maybe kids!
    Marriage Quotes

  • I thought about you the morning of grad, wondering the thoughts that went through your head. I hope they were all good, with exciting pauses of what is to come next.
    Good Morning Wishes

  • The love one person feels for another is nothing in comparison to a parents love for their child. On days like today, watching you receive your diploma, the love is just pouring out!
    Love Quotes

  • One day you will celebrate a wedding anniversary that will remind you of your graduation because you will have worked hard at your marriage to get there just like you did with your education. But until that milestone, you can celebrate your graduation and be proud of your accomplishment!
    Wedding Anniversary Wishes

  • May the good Lord bless you with many opportunities, carry you when times get tough and celebrate with you in times like these! Happy Graduation!
    Irish Wedding Toasts

  • I love to write poems for all occasions and this is no exception. A graduation of this magnitude deserves an even better reception! So pick up your glass and make a toast, may your dreams all come true. Never let the battles win even though life sometimes feels like a zoo!
    Wedding Poems

  • After many years of working hard and keeping positive, you day is finally here. I hope you have documented in an album this wonderful road you have been on so you can always look back and remember, you can do anything!
    Wedding Albums

  • Our life is full of checklists that we are to check off as we live. Sometimes this seems too much, but in this case, with your graduation, I am so glad you are able to check this one off!
    Wedding checklists

  • The excitement in your life never ceases to amaze me. I know how much you wished your ________ could be here to celebrate with you, but not to worry because they are cheering for you up in heaven.
    Wish You Were Here

  • Another milestone in your life and another super excited crew here to party the night away!

  • Loving this day and all its excitement. Hoping on your graduation day you are feeling the same!

  • Satisfaction with mundane things is fine and dandy most of the time, but when you accomplish something great, its a ladder that you will climb. Satisfaction is not enough during these exciting times. Celebrate the great every chance you get, you only get one lifetime.

  • Graduations are an end and a beginning all wrapped up into one. May your graduation have the best endings and the most exciting beginnings.

  • Warmest of congrats with love and pride for today and may your graduation be as successful as you are!

  • I know you may have had your doubts, but not only has the light at the end of the tunnel gotten brighter, you have walked right out of it onto the graduation stage and picked up your diploma! Congrats!

  • What can I say, I’ve already known how amazing you are but now you have proven it to everyone! May the next few years of your life be everything you imagined.

  • Contentment at this time in your life is not good enough. Look at all you have done. You should be nothing less than thrilled with yourself! Congrats on your graduation!

  • Well you have done it and gone and showed us all you are ready for the world! Don’t let the world ruin how great you are and remember, you can do anything, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

  • I always knew you would be the one to finish first. So proud to have someone to look up to.

  • Your determination and dedication has been seen by many and that is why we are together today celebrating your graduation.

  • Loved all the times I have gotten to congratulate you over the years but I have to say this time, I am the most proud!

  • Sometimes I am amazed at how grown up you are and honored to be part of your life. Thank you for including me on your graduation day and I wish you nothing but the best in the years to come.

  • Time to party knowing that all your hard work has paid off! Wishing you a fabulous next step.

  • I hope you are as impressed with yourself as we are. Everything you have accomplished you have done on your own! Take that impressiveness with you as you start a new chapter in your life!

  • Congrats, there is no person more deserving!  You worked hard and earned it!  Happy Graduation!

  • Whoot, Whoot, you have done what sometimes seemed like the impossible. On to bigger and better adventures!!

  • Your graduation should be a time for you to give thanks for the opportunity you have been given and also congratulate yourself for a job well done!

  • We knew you would get here some day, and that some day is here and now. Wishing your nothing but success in your chosen career path.

    High School Graduation Wishes

  • High school is finally over and you are about to start adulthood and venture out into this big world of ours. I have no doubt that if you stay committed as you were with high school, you will go far.

  • Six years in elementary school, two years in middle school and four years in high school may have seemed like a lifetime, but don't be deceived, you have your whole life in front of you and you can be anything you want to be.

  • Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment. You are no longer a high schooler, but now you are a graduate!

  • Greatness starts today. From this day forward you will be working towards all you can accomplish.

  • May your graduation from highschool be only the beginning of your greatness!

  • Graduation Quotes To Share

  • Laugh and the world laughs with you,

    Weep, and it gives you the laugh anyway.

    Author Unknown
    Marriage Quotes

  • May the happiest days of your past,

    be the saddest days of your future.

    Author Unknown
    Irish Blessing Quotes

  • It's not as bad a world,

    As some would like to make it;

    But whether it's good or bad,

    Depends on how you take it.

    Author Unknown
    Retirement Poems

  • Graduation is a time of excitement and fear of whats to come. May the excitement keep you going and the fear keep you focused on continual success.
    Julie Hebert

  • Graduation Wishes For A Daughter

  • May everything you dream of, be everything you receive.
    Happy Birthday Blessings

  • Here you are starting a new chapter of your life. May you have the confidence to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy life to the fullest!
    Retirement Sayings

  • Like all celebrations, know the people who celebrate with you are the ones who truly are happy for you.
    Birthday Sayings

  • To My daughter on her Graduation day. May this accomplishment be only a portion of your successes in your life to come.

  • Happy Graduation to a person who not only works hard for herself, but works hard at putting others first.

  • I love that today we get to share in your accomplishments. Keep up the amazing work ethic.

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    Graduation Messages

    graduation from high school wishes

    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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    Congratulations Message for Graduation

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    Peruse some graduation wishes for the new graduate. Yes, there’s lots to choose from. But, take a look and see if you find something you like.

    Graduation Wishes and Sayings

    The Best Graduation Wishes

    Now that you’ve graduated it’s now up to you to take that knowledge and do something great with it.

    Congratulations! Take some time today to think about what you learned outside the classroom. You’ll probably find that much more valuable than what you learned in it.

    With love and pride today and always.

    Looks, brains and now a degree? Watch out world – this grad has it all!

    Congratulations! Though you may now consider yourself learned, always remember that it’s important to remain a learner. Make learning a lifelong practice.

    Graduating is not the end of hard work – it’s just a break before you get into the new and bigger challenges in life. Good luck!

    Graduation is a time for celebration, a time of reflection, and a time look ahead.  Wishing you a bright future.


    I am wishing you a great sense of accomplishment as you celebrate your hard work.

    I knew you could do it, and I am proud of you. Congratulations!

    I never doubted even for a moment that you would make it. Congratulations for making us proud! You did it!

    You’re on the right path to a wonderful life. Congratulations graduate!

    It’s clear you’re on the way to the top! Stay humble and remember us normal human beings.

    If you’re wondering how the last four years went so fast, you should see how quickly the rest of life flies by. Enjoy this moment. Congratulations.

    Just remember that like college, all things that are worth it take time and effort. Continue to follow your dreams.


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    Funny Graduation Wishes

    1. Congrats on getting through the easy part of life!
    2. Welcome to the real world.
    3. High school is so last year.
    4. ConGRADulations!
    5. May your great college memories last longer than your student loan payments.
    6. Way to go Bro!
    7. My deepest condolences on the end of your school life.
    8. Call it graduation, call it commencement or in your case, call it a MIRACLE!
    9. It just got real.
    10. Congrats — now you’re old.


    Greetings For Graduation

    1. They say school is like toilet paper – you only miss it when it’s gone.
    2. Just think: now you get to add some initials after your name on official publications.
    3. No Child Left Behind really does work!
    4. Grad: you can’t imagine the sense of relief we’re feeling right now.
    5. I always sensed you would barely graduate. Congratulations grad!
    6. Congratulations to me for sitting through that long graduation ceremony.
    7. Graduation equals smart people wearing stupid hats!
    8. Respect your elders. We graduated without Wikipedia.
    9. Just remember, bosses don’t accept notes from your mother.
    10. 4 years, 3 books, and 210 keggers! Congratulations big shooter!

    Graduation Images

    Short Graduation Wishes

    Hip hip hooray for the graduate!

    Congrats on your outstanding achievement!

    Graduate to the finer things. Congrats buddy!

    May today hold the promise of many great tomorrows!

    Proceed with great purpose – but, first take some time to enjoy!

    We’re so proud of the woman you’ve become.

    A time to remember and a time to celebrate. Let’s get this party started!

    An investment in yourself that will pay huge dividends.

    Graduation is only the beginning! The sky is the limit!

    Oh, the places you’ll go!

    Best wishes for your future! Congratulations!

    Good luck in all of your endeavors!

    Hats off to graduation!

    Serious accomplishment; silly hat! You go girl!

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    Graduation Wishes and Greetings

    Congratulations! We are very proud of you.

    Congratulations! Your accomplishment and hard work has paid off.

    Our pride inside is about to burst. Well done graduate!

    Congratulations! You’ve shown that you can be a successful student. Now be sure to continue to be one in every aspect of your life.

    Pursue your dreams and reach for the stars! You can do it!

    The world ready for someone like you!

    Continue to learn as a life learner, and you’ll graduate life successfully.

    Be glad, be a grad.

    We wish you courage as you steps towards new challenges in your life. Congrats.

    You get to wear a funny hat. All your hard work has paid off, and now the hat is yours. Congratulations.

    You Did It!

    Your most significant learning from college: 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Bam!

    You have not only graduated from high school. You have graduated into adulthood. Wishing you the best things in your future to come. Congratulations graduate.

    You once had a dream, but today you’re an achiever. Congratulations on this very special graduation day!

    You studied hard and showed us how it’s done. Congratulations on your graduation.

    We’re so proud of the person you’ve become.

    It’s official: you’re now too cool for school!

    Your combination of hard work, effort and passion enabled you to fulfill this dream. Congratulations.

    Your graduation is a great achievement, but that’s nothing compared to what life has in store for you next with even bigger challenges and opportunities.

    Your graduation is a momentous occasion that you will remember for the rest of your life. Congratulations and here’s to the next step!

    Your graduation is only a glimpse of what lies ahead in your bright future. Wishing you the very best for the coming years.

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    Graduation Wishes and Sayings

    Dear (fill in name), you have made your family and friends very proud. I wish you the best of luck for the future. Hats off the graduate!

    You not only graduated, you did it with flying colors! You’re the best!


    Four years have gone by and you just keep getting better.

    Good luck in all of your endeavors!

    Spread your wings and fly!

    You’ll be graduating to the finer things!

    Graduation is only the beginning
    It’s a time to learn, grow, and share. Congrats!

    Today is your day, graduate!

    Today we celebrate your achievement!

    Welcome to the working world!

    You’re now hotter by one degree!

    Now this is the part where you find out who you are.

    Shoot for the moon!

    Success will be yours!

    Graduation Card Sayings

    The future awaits!

    Looking forward to the future

    Never forget your alma mater.

    Pursue our dreams with your whole being.

    The future is yours.

    Your dreams will all come true!

    Chase your dreams and continue to pursue excellence where you go. Congratulations!

    Education is a remarkable tool – It enables you to do wonderful things that can catapult you to great success. Congratulations on your graduation and all the best for the future.

    Getting up early for class, going to bed late after assignments, stressed by exams – but now all your effort and determination has paid off  Congratulations!

    Graduating is certainly a milestone but life is the biggest learning experience of them all!  Congratulations on your accomplishment.

    Graduation Wishes for College

    We are so proud of all of what you’ve accomplished. March on!

    The promise of future success is just around the corner.

    To old friends and new beginnings!

    Success will be yours. Keep on keeping on.

    Always take pride in your work! Congrats!

    Spread your wings and fly.

    The tassel is worth the hassle.

    Switch the tassel to the other side – you’ve done it!

    The future just called and it’s waiting for YOU!

    Today we celebrate your achievement. You deserve all the accolades!

    We are so proud of you

    Graduation Quotes and Card Messages

    Take time to remember and a time to celebrate!

    As one experience comes to an end, another begins.

    You’ve done great and you’ll do great!

    Believe in your dreams!

    Best wishes for your future

    To new beginnings!

    You have arrived!

    Reach for the stars!

    Graduation Speech

    (Editor’s Note:  This is the gold standard of all commencement addresses. Read and learn.)

    Steven Jobs Commencement Address at Stanford in 2005

    I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

    The first story is about connecting the dots.

    I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

    It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl.

    So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

    And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.


    It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

    Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

    None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.


    Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

    My second story is about love and loss.

    I was lucky – I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation – the Macintosh – a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired.

    How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.


    I really didn’t know what to do for a few months – I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly – I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

    I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

    During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.


    I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

    Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

    Third Story

    My third story is about death.

    When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

    Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.


    About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family – It means to say your goodbyes.

    I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

    This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

    No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.


    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

    When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

    Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off – Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

    Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

    Thank you all very much.


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