Each year, thousands of students graduate and complete their education. Graduation is a momentous occasion. It is something that only a few can do in their life. It enables you to overcome the stress of years of hard work and that lingering feeling that you forgot to do something and celebrate with people along this path.
Graduation is a symbol of progress, change, and fulfilment. It is also the beginning of a new journey which could be anything from starting a high school, university, new job or a career path. Sometimes we are so busy with work and studies that we forget to celebrate “graduation” and move on.
Whether you’re graduating this year or supporting someone you know, a moral boost is always needed and helpful. Our list of 50 inspirational graduation quotes for students will help you pump up your morale and help you celebrate your success. These quotes can be a perfect quote of the day, a greeting, a message, a social media caption, a status, etc.
Check out these 50 inspirational graduation quotes for students and see which one is your favourite:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Sun Tzu.
“Your life is your adventure. And the adventure ahead of you is a journey to fulfil your own purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington.
“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo DiCaprio.
“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match; each one of you is a fuse.” – Ed Koch.
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.
“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” – Nora Ephron.
“You are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So, say ‘yes.’ And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say ‘yes’ back.” – Stephen Colbert.
“You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don’t know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go.” – Oprah.
“You don’t go to university, so you can punch a clock. You go to university so you can be in a position to make a difference.” – Janet Napolitano.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X.
“I’ve learned it’s important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is.” – Ryan Gosling.
“Fight for what makes you optimistic about the world. Find it, insist on it, dig into it, go after it.” – Jennifer Garner.
“Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“You cannot dream of becoming something you do not know about. You have to learn to dream big. Education exposes you to what the world has to offer, to the possibilities open to you.” – Sonia Sotomayor.
“If I must give any of you advice, it would be, say yes. Say yes, and create your own destiny.” – Maya Rudolph.
“Your inexperience is an asset in that it will make you think in original, unconventional ways. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset.” – Natalie Portman.
“Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible … Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your’ nevers.’ Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken.” – Amy Poehler.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs.
“Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” – Neil Gaiman.
“When you respect the idea that you are sharing the Earth with other humans, and when you lead with your nice foot forward, you’ll win every time. It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but it comes back to you when you need it.” – Kristen Bell.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali.
“Go make your big beautiful dent, and as you do so, come down on the side of boldness. If you err, may it be for too much audacity and not too little. For you really are enough. You have untold strengths and resources inside. You have your glorious self.” – Sue Monk Kidd.
“It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. I know that sounds completely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.” – Larry Page.
“Some life lessons don’t ever change. They need to be highlighted, and they need to be remembered throughout our entire lives. But how you embrace them will distinguish you from the pack.” – Brooke Shields.
“You and you alone are the only people who can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell.” – Kerry Washington.
“Be the hardest working person you know. Because if you’re not, someone else will be.” – Ian Brennan.
“In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make a reality.” – Kristian Kan.
“It’s your turn to choose and define what success means to you. Now, others will try to define it for you, but yours is the only voice that matters.” – Octavia Spencer.
Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are . . . to everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on. – Jerry Zucker.
“I am here to tell you that whatever you think your dream is now, it will probably change. And that’s okay.” – Conan O’Brien.
“Learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are. And then figure out what is the next right move. And the key to life is to develop an internal moral, emotional G.P.S. that can tell you which way to go.” – Oprah.
“If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses. So, whatever your dream is right now, if you don’t achieve it, you haven’t failed, and you’re not some loser.” – Stephen Colbert.
“Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.”- Ed Helms.
“Success is nothing if you don’t have the right people to share it with; you’re just going to end up lonely.” – Selena Gomez.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away.” – Joy J. Golliver.
“No job or task is too small or beneath you. If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do, and do it better.” – BobbiBrown.
“You can’t do it alone. Be open to collaboration. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler.
“When we show up, act boldly, and practice the best ways to be wrong, we fail forward. No matter where we end up, we’ve grown from where we began.” – Stacey Abrams.
“I celebrate you as you remember the power of grace and pride, and I challenge you to choose freedom over fear.” – Janelle Monáe.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey.
“If you want to be the best, you have to do things other people aren’t willing to do.”- Michael Phelps.
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”- Henry David Thoreau.
“Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”- Chadwick Boseman.
“The future is always uncertain, but we who celebrate what you have done, who celebrate all of your achievements, we are certain of one thing on this day: You will not let us down.”- Tom Hanks.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”- MichaelAltschuler.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”- Arleen Lorrance.
“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.”- Carol Burnett.
“Keep your face toward the sunshine, and shadows will always fall behind you.”- Walt Whitman.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”- Zig Ziglar
We hope these quotes help you spark inspiration, boost morale and offer celebration. Feel free to share these quotes.
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