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Graduation Quotes, Famous Graduation Quotes, Sayings for Graduates

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There is a good reason they call these ceremonies commencement exercises. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
Orrin Hatch

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

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary

Always have a purpose in life that is beyond position and money.
Colin Powell
Northeastern University, 2012

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.
Conan O'Brien
Dartmouth College, 2011

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon
Essays, 1625

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come, but as long as we have today, we can change the world.
Glenn Beck
Liberty University, 2010

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
John F. Kennedy
Yale University, 1962

Your diploma does not represent the end of your education, but the beginning of your continuing education.
Jimmy Iovine
University of Southern California, 2013

Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Middlebury College, 2013

Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun.
Joss Whedon
Wesleyan University, 2013

Believe anything is possible and then work like hell to make it happen.
Julianna Margulies
Sarah Lawrence College, 2010

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

Our country doesn’t depend on the heroism of every citizen. But all of us should be worthy of the sacrifices made on our behalf.
John McCain
Liberty University, 2006

Insist on heroes. And be one.
Ken Burns
Georgetown University, 2006

Become goddesses of disobedience.
Naomi Wolf
Scripps College, 1992

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
Brian Tracy

At commencement 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

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

Live in that sweet spot. Be present.
Wynton Marsalis

Creativity is a renewable resource. Be as creative as you like, as often as you like, because you can never run out!
Biz Stone

I was blessed with a mother who was in a constant state of wonder...And whenever I'd complain or be upset about something, my mother had the same advice: "Darling, change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don't replay the bad, scary movie.
Arriana Huffington

And the corollary to carpe diem is gratitude, gratitude for simply being alive, for having a day to seize. The taking of breath, the beating of the heart. Gratitude for the natural world around us — the massing clouds, the white ibis by the shore. In Barcelona a poetry competition is held every year. There are three prizes: The third prize is a rose made of silver, the second prize is a golden rose, and the first prize: a rose. A real rose. The flower itself. Think of that the next time the term “priorities” comes up.
Billy Collins

To be your own person, you need good friends. Friends are the treasure of your life.
Garrison Keillor

You have nothing to lose. Everything you have acquired of value is locked inside you.
Jerry Zucker

You get to make your own luck. 80% of success in your career will come from just showing up. The world is run by those who show up…not those who wait to be asked.
Steve Blank

By all reckoning, the bumblebee is aerodynamically unsound and shouldn’t be able to fly. Yet, the little bee gets those wings going like a turbo-jet and flies to every plant its chubby little body can land on to collect all the nectar it can hold. Bumblebees are the most persistent creatures. They don’t know they can’t fly, so they just keep buzzing around. Like the lowly bumblebee, honored graduates, never give in to pessimism. Don’t know that you can’t fly, and you will soar like an eagle.
Earl Bakken

Respect people with less power then you. I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful. So there.
Tim Minchin

Life has a very simple plot: first you're here and then you're not.
Eric Idle

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