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Whether it's college, high school, your son or daughter, we have a wide range of messages to help you get started on your graduation card!.

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 is a time to celebrate your grand academic achievement. After spending years successfully completing your studies, finding the right way to communicate the pride you feel for the individual and well wishes for their next venture is just one way to participate. Here are some examples of what to write in a high school graduation card.

“A hearty congratulation on your graduation and wishing you a very good luck for the new beginning in life. May you reach all your goals.”

“Caps off to you, Graduate! Well done!”

“Chase your dreams. Burst out at the seams. Never stop trying. Never stop learning. Live life to the fullest and give it nothing but your best.”

“Congratulations and BRAVO!”

“Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!”

“Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! Looking back, it was all worth it. Wishing you the best in the wonderful career you have chosen.”

“Congratulations on your well-deserved success.”

“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 with your intelligence.”

“Good looks, brains, heart and now a diploma too? You’ve really got it all! Congrats!”

“Happy Graduation Day!”

“Our warmest thoughts and highest hopes are with you as you celebrate your graduation.”

“Prayers and blessings on your graduation and for your future.”

“Sending warm thoughts and big congratulations to a graduate we’re so very proud of.”

“So happy to share in the excitement of your graduation day, and so very proud of you, too!”

“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.”

“Thinking of you with love and pride on your graduation day.”

“This calls for celebrating! Congratulations!”

“Warmest congratulations on your graduation.”

“What a proud day! We just couldn’t be happier for you!”

“What an impressive achievement!”

“With love and pride today and always.”

“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.”

“You did it! Congrats!”

“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.”

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wishes for high school graduate

High school graduation is very important to everyone- the child, parents, friends and family members.

It's like an unofficial graduation into adulthood because after the graduation, you either seek full employment or decide to further. It's the end of basic standard education for each child. It's also a turbulent and exciting period.

Leaving High School is scary because you have to plan for your future. Make that day special by making wishes for the graduates you know. Celebrate with them and make them know they are necessarily alone.

As adults, we have been there and crossed that phase. Let's cheer them on to their future.

So, here are 100 High School Graduation Wishes for everyone who knows a High School graduate and wants to wish them well.

Best Graduation Wishes for High School Graduates

With these High School Graduation Wishes, you can't miss the chance to wish a high school graduate the best.

1. It's great for you kiddo. I am so proud of you. Congrats on your graduation, my dear son.

2. You have proved time and time again that nothing is impossible, with your dedication and perseverance. Congratulations on graduation, dear friend.

3. Congratulations on your successful completion of High School. I am so proud of you.

4. Graduating is only the commencement of the journey. Keep looking at the bigger picture and never give up. Congratulations.

5. Congratulations, my dear son on your graduation. You will always be my pride and joy.

6. Education is not just in the school or in a classroom. Congrats on graduating from High School, welcome to the supreme school- life.

7. Congrats on surviving High school, now you are better equipped to survive any challenge that comes your way.

8. Happy graduation, pal. I am going to miss our times together in High School. Thanks for making High School a wonderful experience.

9. Without a friend as wonderful as you, my life in High School would have been hell. Congratulations on your graduation, I would miss you.

10. Keep believing in yourself. I would keep cheering for you. Congratulations.

11. Keep learning. The day you stop learning is the day you die. Congrats, son.

12. Schooling is just a part of education and you have been successful so far, strive to be fully educated. Congrats.

13. Try as much as possible to be educated. Finishing High school is just the beginning.

14. True success is not in learning how to accumulate wealth to take care of your needs, but in learning how to value people. Strive to be successful. Congratulations, son.

15. Strive to be successful, but firstly, define what success means to you. Congratulations on your graduation.

16. Keep dreaming and make the picture of your dreams clearer. Congrats on your graduation.

17. Don't let your school or environment determine who you will become or how far you would go. Congratulations on graduating well.

18. Keep on learning and keep on asking questions. Congratulations.

19. Follow the path of your dreams, be dedicated to it and it would become a reality. Congratulations.

20. From now on, master the education that teaches you how to live and not just how to make a living. Congrats.

21. This graduation is the beginning of a series of experiences. Some good, some bad and some horrible, in all these experiences, pick the lessons. Congrats.

22. After graduation, the plan is to go to a good college or university, but if that does not work out, remember you alone hold the key to your future. Congrats on your graduation.

23. Keep the good work up. Keep being dedicated and determined and the sky is your starting point. Congratulations on your graduation.

24. The future is uncertain, but still, embrace it with open hands and preparation. Congratulations on your graduation.

25. Cherish the good memories you have made from school because this phase can never be repeated. Congrats.

26. You did it. You graduated. I am so proud of you.

27. Congratulations. You did it. Keep being excellent in all you do.

28. Don't forget the past and don't let it overshadow your present and bury your future. Congrats on your graduation.

29. Graduation is great, but strive to find your way after the whole ceremony is over. Congratulations.

30. Keep being excellent, it would mark you out in the future. Congratulations.

31. Remember that school gives you unforgettable memories. Congratulations.

32. Keep trying to find your path. Congratulations, my dear son.

33. May you always fly high in all you decide to do. Congrats.

34. Dreams can change along the way, but what your dream becomes; persevere until it becomes a reality. Congrats.

35. You have finally graduated, it also marks the day you truly become a grown up. Live your life fully, its the only life you have. Congratulations.

36. It has been hard and also fun. Make lasting memories from all your experiences in school. Congratulations, dude.

37. It is never too early to dream and to start working towards it. It's never too late to change said dreams if they don't fill you with enthusiasm. Congratulations.

38. It is a special day because it's the only day you would graduate from High school, so make the most of it. Congrats.

39. To live the life of your dreams, you need to learn hard work and perseverance even in the face of competition. High school teaches you the basic lessons. Congratulations on the graduation.

40. I am so glad, you finally did it. May this day mark the beginning of better days ahead. Cheers to a bright future.

41. You are the only one who can define yourself. That's what you learn from peer pressure. Congrats, my wonderful daughter.

42. This last year might have seemed like the toughest year of your life because of the series of tests and examinations. I want to let you know, it's just the beginning. Look for the beauty in those tough times. Congrats.

43. Life is a competition, but the only person you are truly competing with is yourself. Strive to be better than who you were yesterday.

44. Life is full of tough and rough times, but also blissful and wonderful times. Maximize each time. Congratulations on your graduation.

45. No matter how stormy the sea may be, there would always be calm. Congrats on your graduation. I am so happy and proud of you.

46. Make the most out of your life, no matter how long or short, let it count for something.

47. Always have hope even in the darkest of times; it would be your flashlight. Congrats, champ.

48. Don't be forced to make vital decisions that affect your future, always think things through.

49. No matter the decisions you make, be sure u of can handle their consequences. Congrats.

50. The future does not have a map to it, let God guide you. Congratulations on your graduation.

51. Congratulations and good luck in all your future endeavours.

52. You have proven to be the best at whatever you decide to do. Keep it up and keep shining. Congratulations graduate.

53. I am so happy; I feel my chest could burst from so much excitement. Congratulations and keep soaring, champ.

54. The future is full of many opportunities; maximize all the opportunities you get. Congratulations graduate.

55. Keep the flag flying. You are a remarkable person. Congratulations champ.

56. Build a great character and have the right attitude always. They would help you on the way to living the life you have always dreamed of. Congratulations.

57. Congratulations to an awesome friend with a great personality. I would never forget you. Thanks for being a part of my High School experience.

58. Don't ever let anyone make you feel lesser than you are. Congratulations on your graduation.

59. It has been a wonderful couple of years. They were made amazing thanks to a friend like you.

60. Thanks for showing the beauty of the High school. Congratulations on your graduation pal.

61. I wish you would find wonderful people to call friends as you proceed to college. Congratulations.

62. It is the end of a phase and the beginning of another; I wish it is a more favourable one for you.

63. May your transition from being a High School student to a university or college student be a wonderful one.

64. I wish you find the right set of people that would influence you the right way as you move to the next phase in your life.

65. Always treat others nicely and without discrimination as you proceed in life.

66. Follow the golden rule and don't always expect the same treatment. Live well. Congratulations as you graduate.

67. Make new memories and be more daring. Don't let life steal your smile. Congratulations.

68. Be proud of who you are and never compare yourself to anyone. Congratulations.

69. Congratulations on graduating pal. You are on your way to a brighter future.

70. Congratulations on showing that hard work pays. You have been a wonderful friend.

71. Let the challenges you would face mould you. Welcome challenges.

72. Strive to become smarter as you progress in the journey called life. Congratulations pal.

73. Live a principled life. Be different and stand out. Congratulations.

74. Always try to do the noble thing, it may be hard but still, do it.

75. Don't try to take the easy way out of any challenge, sometimes do right is tough. Still, do right.

76. Congratulations on such wonderful performance and on your admission to the school of your dreams. Have a great graduation day.

77. I wish that things are easier for you as you move forward. Congratulations graduate.

78. Don't back down from any challenge, they make you grow. Congratulations on your graduation.

79. Congratulations on your graduation. Keep soaring high and be the best.

80. I wish you amazing experiences and wonderful friendships as you move to college. Congratulations.

81. Congratulations my friends. I wish success for us all.

82. I would miss you all. You are all jewels. Congratulations on graduating.

83. Make sure to maximize your potential and find your purpose. Congratulations on graduating.

84. Congratulations on graduating. Find and live your purpose. Your life would have meaning only then.

85. Chase wisdom and education, try to avoid chasing vanities. They are by-products of wisdom and education.

86. You are the best song father could ask for. Congratulations on graduating champ. I am proud of you.

87. I couldn't have asked for a better daughter. Keep achieving. Congratulations on your graduation.

88. I am glad you were a part of my experience. You have made me disciplined and goal oriented. Congratulations on graduating pal.

89. Nothing is impossible once you set your mind on it and see it through. Congratulations on your graduation.

90. Be patient and seek to find the good in everyone. Help whoever needs your help. Congratulations graduate.

91. Control your emotions and don't let them control you. Congratulations on your graduation.

92. You have finally crossed to a new chapter of your life. Make each moment of the new chapter count.

93. Congratulations on graduating. You would do just fine, you are a survivor.

94. This is a stepping stone to your dreams. Congratulations on graduating.

95. Congrats graduate. You would go places and achieve a lot. Don't underestimate yourself.

96. You would make many wonderful achievements. You have all it takes. Congrats.

97. It is time to start living above your fears and move from your comfort zone. Congrats on graduating.

98. May God grant you the wisdom you need to navigate your way through life. Congratulations on your graduation.

99. We would always support you no matter the decision you take. Try to live a life free of regrets as you proceed in life. Congrats.

100. Cheers to future friendships and successful lives. Congrats to you all.

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“High school graduation isn't the end of a tough journey. It is the beginning of a beautiful one.

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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!

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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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