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Graduation wishes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and personalization is key. Whether you We believe in you, happy graduation day.

From the moment your loved one stepped into his first classroom, his life has focused on his education. Send the best Happy Graduation Wishes for Him from the selection below to show your loved one just how proud you are of his accomplishments!

School is one of the most important parts of everyone’s childhood. From preschool to high school and any higher education, learning forms the structure and focus of every person’s life. As your loved one celebrates the end of this monumental effort, pick your Happy Graduation Wishes for Him from the options below. These fun, celebratory wishes will display the great affection you have for him as you mark this great milestone!

Your friend or family member has worked incredibly hard to achieve a satisfactory end to his education. With your Happy Graduation Wishes for Him, you can show that you remember the hours of studying, group projects, and worrying about grades. No one deserves this celebration more, so find the best Happy Graduation Wishes for Him to make the most of this incredible accomplishment and exciting milestone. Your celebration of your loved one’s graduation will let him know just how much you love and support him in his endeavors!

1. I’m so doggone proud of you for making it this far. Now go out there and lead the pack. Happy Graduation!

Send this Doggone Proud of You! – Happy Graduation Card for Him

2. You’re a bright young man who’s going places. Always remember this proud moment. Congratulations Graduate!

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3. I can’t believe you’re graduating… No, really, I can’t believe they’re actually letting you graduate. Congrats & Best of Luck!

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4. The hard part is over. And now it’s time for fun because the next journey of life has only just begun. Happy Graduation Day to a Wonderful Young Man!

Send this Time for Fun! – Happy Graduation Card for Him

5. As you graduate today, may you look with pride on this important milestone and recognize everything you’ve accomplished. Congratulations!

Send this An Important Milestone – Happy Graduation Card for Him

6. Congratulations to a Very Special Boy! It’s time to put the books away and celebrate your big day. You’ve worked so hard all year long and definitely finished strong!

Send this Finished Strong! – Happy Graduation Card for Him

7. The day is finally here. You’re moving on to the next chapter of life as you look back at everything you’ve accomplished. Enjoy this moment, always. Happy Graduation Day!

Send this The Day is Finally Here!- Happy Graduation Card for Him

8. Happy Graduation! Today we’re celebrating a great guy and grad. Wishing you sweet success in the future. You deserve it.

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9. Congratulations Graduate! No matter how far you go, always remember how far you’ve come.

Send this Continue to grow and succeed – Happy Graduation Card for Him

10. To a wonderful young man on his graduation day, you’ve achieved so much and should be very proud. The sky’s the limit. Congratulations!

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11. Happy Graduation Day to my awesome son! I wish you nothing but success on whatever you decide to take on next!

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12. Congratulations on your graduation! Son, proud doesn’t even begin to cover the way we feel today.

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13. May your newfound wealth of knowledge pay dividends in the years to come! Congratulations on your graduation, Son!

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14. Wishing a very hearty congratulations to my son, the graduate. You deserve recognition and celebration today, in honor of all your hard work.

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15. Hats Off To You Son. You’ve worked so hard for so long and now today is all about you. Congratulations, graduate! Enjoy it, and best wishes for the future!

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16. Happy Graduation Day To My Wonderful Brother! All these months and years have prepared you for this big day. I’m so proud of you and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you.

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17. To My Awesome Brother! Happy Graduation Day to You! I wish you the very best for this new journey you are about to embark on!

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18. It’s Your Big Day, Brother! I’ve seen you do a lot of great things, but nothing as big as this! You make the family very proud.

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19. Hey Brother, so happy you are finished with school! Now it’s time to start your career and have some fun along the way. Wishing you the best!

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20. Congratulations My Dear Brother! It’s time to throw your
hat in the air and start celebrating because your graduation day is here!

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21. You graduated! Congratulations Nephew! The world is your oyster, can’t wait to see where you go next.

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22. Congrats on your Graduation! I might be biased, but I think you’re the brightest bulb in the room!

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23. Happy Graduation to whoooo? My nephew of course! Congratulations, your future is looking bright.

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24. All your hard work has come to fruition! I hope you’re proud of all your accomplishments, Nephew. We sure are! Congratulations on your Graduation!

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25. Congratulations Nephew! It was a lot of hard work and long hours, but you’re a graduate! Now try not to fall asleep before they call your name at the ceremony!

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26. Dear Grandson, It’s moments like these when you can reflect on the journey and look ahead to what’s next. Congratulations on Your Graduation!

Send this Look Ahead to What’s Next – Graduation Card for Grandson

27. Congratulations Grandson! Graduation day is finally here. You should be very proud at all you’ve accomplished.

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28. Dear Grandson, Today is a day to celebrate. You’ve put in all the hard work and now it’s time to savor every moment of your success. Happy Graduation!

Send this Time to Savor! – Graduation Card for Grandson

29. Congratulations Graduate! Grandson, we are so proud of all you’ve accomplished and can’t wait to see what you do next.

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30. Even as a baby, we knew you’d go far (once you got past the whole potty-training thing). Happy Graduation Grandson!

Send this You’d Go Far! – Graduation Card for Grandson

While graduation is a celebration of past accomplishments, it is also the start of the rest of your loved one’s life. With the messages on these Happy Graduation Wishes for Him, you can send your encouragement for the choices and work he has ahead of him. You know this is only the beginning of all the amazing things your loved one is going to do, so send your Happy Graduation Wishes for Him to celebrate today!

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Graduation Messages and Wishes For 2019

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Let the caps fly and the celebrations begin! It’s almost time for the scholars you know to move their tassels from one side to another and look to the future. As you begin to receive graduation announcements in the mail and mark your calendars to attend ceremonies, you may also be thinking about what to write in a graduation card and which gifts to send. Graduation wishes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and personalization is key. Whether you are hoping to congratulate the graduate with a funny graduation caption or a few sincere graduation quotes, we have pulled together some graduation message examples for you to use and personalize to your liking. Say ‘congrats graduate,’ ‘we’re so proud,’ and ‘keep up the good work’ to any graduate with these message ideas.

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What To Write In A Graduation Card

Show your grad how special they are by writing an unforgettable message to congratulate them on this new milestone. Whether you use a bit of humor or give them advice they can’t get anywhere else, your graduation card is an opportunity to express your joy. Before you write your graduation message, consider these writing tips:

  • Say Congratulations! Let the graduate know how proud you are of their accomplishments and congratulate them on graduating. You should start your message off with this cheerful sentiment.
  • Mention specific accomplishments. Did they receive any honors or were they a sports team captain? Mention this in your letter!
  • Give advice. Provide the graduate with valuable advice for their career and life to give some helpful direction. Graduating can be as scary as it is exciting. They’ll appreciate you sharing advice and any lessons you’ve learned.
  • Look to the future. Express your happiness for the grad’s future and let them know you’re excited for their next chapter. Reassure them that their future is bright.
  • Send well wishes: Send the graduate off with well wishes for new beginnings and continued success.

Congratulations Graduate: Happy Graduation Card Messages

When it comes to graduation cards, we know that it can be hard to pick out only one (between the seemingly millions) that suits the guest of honor just right. Whether the card is funny, sincere, or a serious tearjerker, we have the best wishes that will add the most personalized touch. Use these as inspiration when writing your message for the big day.

  • Congratulations on graduating! This is just the beginning; you are a star in the making. Shine on.
  • You are an achiever. You have made us all proud; keep up the good work. Congratulations on graduation.
  • It must be a very proud moment for you. All of the hard work you have put in has paid off. Congratulations Grad. Your reward lies ahead. Have a successful future.
  • As you cherish the fruits of your hard work, I wish that success keeps following you in everything that you do. Today and always… Congratulations and Happy Graduation.
  • I believe you can fly! The sky is your limit. Spread out your wings and soar high. Congratulations and best wishes.
  • Graduation wishes for lots and lots of fun and all it takes to make your day a very happy one! Congratulations, Graduate!
  • Congratulations Graduate on this momentous day. You’ve worked hard to achieve your goals and now you’re on your way to seek new vistas, dream new dreams, embark on who you are, embrace life with passion and keep reaching for your star. Go for it!
  • Chasing a dream requires efforts, passion and hard work. You are now in the half way. Keep up your good work and continue to strive. Congratulations!
  • Nothing can stop you now. You have a ticket to your dreams come true. Congrats.
    You worked your butt off, now shake your booty for some fun. Congrats on your graduation.

College Graduation Messages

College graduation is one grand achievement. Although these past four years have gone by in just a blink of an eye, your grad has their whole life ahead of them. Your university graduation wishes will be the perfect cheers to the past and congrats to the future with these messages ideas and inspiration.

  • Chase your dreams. Never stop trying. Never stop learning. Live life to the fullest and give it nothing but your best.
  • You can achieve whatever you want in life. All you have to do is believe that you can. We believe in you, happy graduation day.
  • Congratulations on graduating… Wishing that brighter opportunities come your way and you achieve success in all of them!
  • Congratulations, my dearest, on being a graduate. As for your future is concerned, we’re sure you are going to make it a successful one.
  • I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
  • You are brilliant, able and ambitious. You shall always walk the glory road. Happy Graduation. I bless you with all that you need to earn many more achievements and feats in life ahead. Congratulations and well done.
  • A hearty congratulation on your graduation and wishing you good luck for the new beginning in life. May you reach all your goals.
  • Your future is bright. For all the times of late night studies, lack of sleep and sacrifice of enjoyment your reward is here. Congratulations to you.
  • Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! Looking back, it was all worth it. Wishing you the best in the wonderful career you have chosen.
  • The journey of life brings both challenges and chances. May you carry your spirit to snatch the chances and beat the challenges. Congratulations on your graduation. May you live a proud life.

High School Graduation Wishes

There is a lot of adventure that awaits a recent high school graduate. Between saying goodbye to hometown friends and packing up for the college dorms, your grad could surely use a hearty congrats (and maybe even a few wise words.)  Find some inspiration with some of our favorite ways to say just that.

  • Graduation isn’t the end of a tough journey. It is the beginning of a beautiful one…
  • Your brilliant achievement today is remarkable. May all your dreams come true. Good luck and congratulations.
  • Start each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things.
  • Graduation is an exciting time. It marks both an ending and a beginning; it’s warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future.
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Our Congratulations Graduation Quotes provide the perfect words for the graduates in your life.

Graduation is one of the biggest achievements in anyone’s life. It is the culmination of one sweet chapter in your life and the beginning of another great chapter where you can write a new story. The importance of graduation is not only recognizing an important accomplishment, but also it’s viewed by many as the gateway to an important stage in life. Whether it’s your loved one’s graduation day or your own, it is a time to celebrate.

Graduation is a major life event, something most folks will never forget. It is a milestone that will be embedded forever in your own memories and the memories of your loved one. And you will cherish it forever. If someone around you has graduated, this is the best time to make them feel special. Here are some congratulations graduation quotes and messages for graduation day to make someone’s day even brighter!

Congratulations Graduate Quotes

New beginning, new goals, new opportunities… Congrats!

You can fix my grammar now that you is smart!
Ain’t that what graduates are for?
Congratulations on being a graduate!

Wishing you much success as you pursue your dreams and goals! Here’s to making dreams come true!

Keep calm because you’re seniors now! Congratulations!

Hooray! Good for you! You did it! Outstanding!

Good luck on your next adventure!

Congrats! It’s your time to shine!

Guess what? Life’s got just a little harder now that you’ve graduated!

Congratulations on being a graduate!
I wish that this is going to be just the beginning of many bigger achievements in your life!

My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to!
Your dreams shall always stay big!

If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true!


You Did It!

A brand new start,
a new beginning,
a new life.
Make it a successful one!
Happy graduation!
You have a bright future!

Congrats on graduating but remember – who you were, who you are, and who you will be are three different people!

You’ve earned it, now own it.
It pays to study!

The journey of life brings both challenges and chances.
May you carry your spirit to snatch the chances and beat the challenges.
Congratulations on your graduation.
May you live a proud life.

Always aim for the stars! Happy graduation!
I wish you the best in life!

Nothing can stop you now!
You have a ticket to your dreams come true.
Although, I hope your weird and scary dreams don’t come true! Congratulations on your graduation!

Now you are standing on the edge of a whole new life!
You have a bright future and the only way is up from here!
Congratulations on your graduation!

Congrats and best wishes for success in your brand new life!
I knew that you would do this!

This is the day when you stopped being a student and entered professional life!
We are so happy for you!

Congratulations on your graduation!

I didn’t know you had such a big brain!
I couldn’t be more proud of you!
Congrats on graduating!

Congratulations! Now I hate you!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagined!

Congratulations Graduation Sayings

Congratulations! You are brilliant, able and ambitious!
You shall always walk the glory road.
Happy graduation!

Congratulations on your graduation!
We know that you have worked hard and we look forward to seeing you reap the benefits!

It’s time to enjoy your life to the most!
Its time to step into your brand new life!
Congratulations on being a graduate!

Your new diploma is your ticket to a bright future!
Congratulations on your graduation!

Congrats! You are an inspiration to us!
It is time for you to spread your wings and start flying!

We wish your dreams take you to the best places you heart has always aspired!

Always trust your gut.
It knows what your head hasn’t yet figured out!
Congratulations on graduation!

Go into the world and do well!
But more importantly, go into the world and do good!

Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine!
Congratulations on making one thing possible in your life!

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The Time of Your Life

Congratulations on your graduation!
Four years of college is now history. Remember, if you graduate today and stop learning tomorrow, you stay uneducated the day after!

This is your moment!
You are simply awesome!
This is your first step to the start of a future full of happiness and success!
Congrats on your graduation!

Congratulations! It’s amazing to see you graduating and rising in your life!

So proud of you! Well done you little star!

Congrats! Your hard work, sacrifices and dedication have been rewarded!

Congratulations graduate! You are going to do big things!

They can’t call you dumb anymore!
They’ll have to find bigger words now that you have graduated!
Congrats on being a graduate now!

Congrats! This is the beginning of anything you want!

Yay! You totally did it!

Hard work always pays off!
And you have proven it!
Good going and wish you all the best!

You blew me away with your achievement!
Congratulations on graduating!

The best thing about graduation is that it gives you knowledge that you’ll carry for the rest of your life!
Make sure you don’t do the same with student loans!
Congratulations on graduating.

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The Tassel is worth the Hassle

It’s not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It’s what you do with your life that counts.
Millard Fuller – Founder of Habitat for Humanity

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

Kid, you’ll move mountains.
Dr. Seuss

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
John Dewey

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

Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Sending you a day full of sunshine, a heaven filled with rainbows, and a pocket full of dreams. May the future ahead of you be as wonderful as you are.
Judith Wibberley

You’re off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…. Get on your way!
Dr. Suess

Never doubt you were born to do great things!
Catherine Pulsifer

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Happy Graduation Quotes

Congratulations! Well done. You deserve it!

ConGrads! You must be feeling on top of the world!

I’m glad to congratulate you on such an important and meaningful event!

Hearty congratulations on your graduation!
Wishing you good luck for the new beginning in your life!

Happy graduation day!
I wish you to dream your biggest!
For it is the biggest dreams that have the power to move the heart of man!

Happy graduation!
No matter how difficult you may have found the books,
the fruits of education are always sweet!

Finally you have completed your graduation!
The rewards you will get will bring your success and happiness!
I wish you all the success in your career!
Happy graduation!

The future lies before you like a field of driven snow, be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.

Happy graduation!
All these four years you have done your best and it is time to enjoy the fruits of your sacrifices and hard work!

I can’t believe you are graduating! You are finally grown up!
Happy graduation day!

May you celebrate your graduation remembering special memories from your past and exciting dreams for your future!
Happy graduation!

Graduation is the beginning of a lifetime of learning!
Happy graduation day!

Hell yes!
We have to celebrate this!

Graduation is time for boldly looking into your future!
Happy graduation day!

Graduation Wishes Quotes

Eventually you have finished with your college!
Its time to put on that gown and cap!
All that hard work and dedication has paid off!
Let the ceremony get through so that we all can go crazy and celebrate!

I am so proud to have known someone so smart!
Congrats for your hard work paying off!

Here’s to an amazing student career!
Happy graduation day to someone who will continue breaking the boundaries!

Graduation is an exciting time!
Its both an ending and a beginning!
Wishing you the best for your future!

Congrats graduate!
We know this is only the beginning of your success story!
You will go far!

The gown and cap will be used just once, but don’t worry because your student loans will last long!
Congrats on being a graduate!

Go wild and have all the fun in the world!
Its your graduation day!

The destiny of hard work is always success!
You have done hard work and succeeded!
Congratulations on your massive success!

Congratulations Graduation Quotes

You have to be odd to be number one!
Congrats on graduating and best wishes for the future!

Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

Greet the future with anticipation!
Dream big and work hard!
Congratulations on graduating!

Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just live to make your absence felt!

Do what you love.
Love what you do.
What do you love.
You do love what.
That’s all I have to say about your bright future!
Congratulations on your graduation!

Caps off to you, Graduate! Well done!

You overcame every test. Done tons of homework. For all those years. Congratulations, you made it.
Danielle Duckery

Education is your key to unlock your talents!
Remember, you will need courage to become who you want to be!
Congratulations on being a graduate!


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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.

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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!

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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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