We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Graduation Quotes from Alexa Von Tobel, Christina Aguilera, Tom Perez, Parker Stevenson, T. S. Eliot. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
For many, graduation marks the end of formal student life – the end of long spring breaks and of thinking that a 10 A.M. class is far too early.
I always wanted to have my own album released before I graduated from high school.
I had the luxury of skipping the cabinet meeting to attend my daughter’s graduation. So many people don’t have the luxury of taking an hour away from the workplace to attend indispensable family commitments. We have to change that dynamic.
I could be happy doing something like architecture. It would involve another couple of years of graduate school, but that’s what I studied in college. That’s what I always wanted to do.
Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.
I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
I did schooling and graduation from Delhi and then went to the National School of Drama.
I quit drinking in 2002, mere months before my college graduation.
I was the girl that didn’t go to prom or my graduation because I was too busy working with producers and making music.
So in my uncertainty, I went to graduate school and there it all happened.
It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realised I’d become an actor.
My first jobs after graduation in 1955 were as a project engineer for G.E. and later with the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., where I met and married my wife, Dolores Celini.
When I graduated college I had a series of just humiliating jobs that I couldn’t believe I was at.
In the summer we graduated we flipped out completely, drinking beer, cruising in our cars and beating up each other. It was a crazy summer. That’s when I started to be interested in girls.
I went to my son’s graduation this weekend, and I heard a great quote I’ve never heard before from Albert Einstein. It was that the greatest danger to the world is not the bad people but it’s the good people who don’t speak out.
Mentors provide professional networks, outlets for frustration, college and career counseling, general life advice, and most importantly, an extra voice telling a student they are smart enough and capable enough to cross the stage at graduation and land their first paycheck from a career pathway job.
My roots are in music. But Eileen Ford saw my high school graduation picture, and next thing I knew I was on a plane to New York. That’s what threw a monkey wrench in it. The modeling.
I got a lot of very bad hate on social media from some people from my school. I think people thought I changed because they saw me on TV. They weren’t close enough to know that I was still the same human being… When I walked at graduation, I got booed. It was kind of stupid.
I studied mechanical engineering at Princeton and worked on solar energy after graduation.
The federal government requires that its loans be paid back within 10 years of graduation, and Harvard has pegged its loans to the same 10-year timetable. Yet despite Harvard’s low default rate, the idea of years of loan debt is daunting for some students even before it’s time to pay back.
Following graduation from Amherst, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship enabled me to test the depth of my interest in literary scholarship by beginning graduate studies at Harvard University.
At a very young age, my beloved mother passed away from leukemia, forcing my father to become a single dad. Rather than coddle me, shelter me, or do things for me, he taught me to ‘Make the Case’ for everything in life – from my first job to a graduation trip I wanted.
Adults tell students that it gets better, that the world changes after school, that being ‘different’ will pay off sometime after graduation. But no one explains to them why.
After my graduation from Sydenham College with a degree in Commerce, I was spotted by late Sunil Dutt, my idol, to act in films.
School days were very special to me as I never found the time to complete my graduation.
I was the first boy in the Kennedy family to graduate from college.
We had an argument, and he told me to be home at midnight, and I said no. And so when I did come home, the door was locked. And I had gotten a set of luggage for graduation that day, and it was on the front porch, packed. He thought that he was going to prove a point and I was going to say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, Daddy, I’m sorry’.
Earlier today, Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized the California school system, calling it disastrous. Arnold says California’s schools are so bad that its graduates are willing to vote for me.
I was a radio jockey after graduation. I was 22, the youngest RJ in Delhi at that time.
I wrote a novel for my degree, and I’m very happy I didn’t submit that to a publisher. I sympathize with my professors who had to read it.
I studied journalism at Binghamton University, even interning for NBC’s longtime anchor Carol Jenkins. Before graduation, I told my parents I wanted to pursue broadcast journalism.
When nearly a third of our high school students do not graduate on time with their peers, we have work to do. We must design our middle and high schools so that no student gets lost in the crowd and disconnected from his or her own potential.
While we should certainly be investing in our own STEM education, we should take advantage of the thousands of international students who come here to study and are ready to fill these gaps immediately upon graduation.
You must realize that honorary degrees are given generally to people whose SAT scores were too low to get them into schools the regular way. As a matter of fact, it was my SAT scores that led me into my present vocation in life, comedy.
Americans in particular are myopic. They’re not traveling as much. When you were a college student, the next thing you would do on graduation was to take a year off and travel. That’s what I did. I went to Indonesia.
From daycare to graduation, our education system stacks the odds against the poor. Predicted grades is just one of many hurdles that are set a little higher for those whose parents do not have the money to smooth their path in life or the inside knowledge of how the system works.
From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.
All of us have to win games. Whether we like it or not, the graduation rates and all the things people are talking about aren’t as important as winning.
My main objective is to prepare candidates for professional baseball; however, the majority of our graduates will go home as much better qualified amateurs.
I wrote the screenplay for ‘Water Lilies’ while I was studying screenwriting at La Femis film school in Paris, and the director Xavier Beauvois, who was on the graduation committee, told me I had to make the film myself.
All my graduation money went to paying for bartending classes so I could have a side gig. I bartended for two months before I was supposed to move to New York and then two months later I got the job as an understudy in ‘Sister Act’ and haven’t looked back since.
It is soooooo necessary to get the basic skills, because by the time you graduate, undergraduate or graduate, that field would have totally changed from your first day of school.
I started traveling, performing, doing photo shoots and working on new music. At the same time, I was juggling homework and trying not to miss out on too many experiences during my junior and senior years – like prom and graduation.
I went to Legoland in Denmark when I was five, I think, but I went to Germany when I was 17 to have a little adventure after graduation.
I dropped out of college before graduation. I opted to begin work as an actress.
Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.
The essays in The Great Taos Bank Robbery were my project to win a Master of Arts degree in English when I quit being a newspaper editor and went back to college.
I love graduation speeches. I have always loved them; I will always love them.
At graduation, I assumed I’d be in publishing, but first I went to England and got a master’s degree in English Literature. And then I came back to New York and had a series of publishing jobs, the way one does.
I teach one semester a year, and this year I’m just teaching one course during that semester, a writing workshop for older students in their late 20s and early 30s, people in our graduate program who are already working on a manuscript and trying to bring it to completion.
I didn’t even go to graduation.
Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.
We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.
I’m not retiring. I am graduating. Today is my graduation day. Retirement means that you’ll just go ahead and live on your laurels and surf all day in Oceanside. It ain’t going to happen.
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.
I studied finance and accounting in college, and I worked at a massive accounting firm out of graduation.
No graduation speaker will ever tell you that the future is anything but uncertain. It never is. But graduations need not only be obsessed with looking ahead; a graduation can be a day on which we turn back and trace our steps to see how we ended up where we are.
I am a Punjabi at heart, but I’ve been born & brought up in Mumbai and even did my schooling & graduation from Mumbai itself.
Truancy rates are directly correlated to low graduation rates.
I have a good cry once in a while; it’s such a great release. Or it could be a cry of joy – watching your child being born or your child walking across a graduation stage.
I have actually five honorary degrees.
Remember, half the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their class.
I have studied and graduated out of Delhi. I moved to Mumbai after graduation.
When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.
When I was at Tech, no public school was ahead of us in graduation rates. We got our guys to compete in the classroom, and if they’re competing in class and in football, that’s an attitude they take into life.
I always thought I would move to New York after graduation, but, instead, I moved to Los Angeles. I realized I was more scared of that choice than I was of New York, and I thought, at 22, I should get it over with.
I got all my work done to graduate in two months and then they were like, I’m sorry, you have to take driver’s ed. I just kind of went, Oh, forget it.
I think young writers should get other degrees first, social sciences, arts degrees or even business degrees. What you learn is research skills, a necessity because a lot of writing is about trying to find information.
I’m not sure if they do this in the States, but in Korea, until high school, on your graduation diploma there’s a line that states your future goal. Kids write ‘president’ or ‘astronaut,’ or whatever. I always wrote ‘singer.’
Simple health interventions such as lead paint abatement and home visiting for pregnant women result in not only improved health for children but also higher rates of graduation, reduced crime, and a more robust workforce.
Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology.
I’ve done photo shoots for fashion brand catalogues and participated in graduation shows for fashion colleges.
I vividly remember my first meeting with Farooque Shaikh. It was in 1975. I had just returned from New York after completing my graduation and was looking for opportunities to begin a career as an actor.
Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.
What I like about graduation speeches is that they’re an opportunity for someone to make sense of their life and to impart that wisdom to someone else. It’s like a sanctioned self-help moment.
The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.
I disagree with a lot of those changes, however at the end of the day – I go down to recruit graduation at least once or twice a year.
I thought I should go to New York because it was the place to go to study. I went and tried to get an application from the Juilliard School but they wouldn’t even give me one because I didn’t have my high school graduation.
I think about the milestones from my childhood and what it will be like to watch our kids go through them. Taking Riley to her first day of school was a whirlwind. I can’t imagine what middle school is going to be like, and high school, and graduation.
After graduation, I discovered that I’d hit the limit of what I could learn from the women in my family. On top of that, in the workforce, all of the things that mattered in college suddenly weren’t enough.
I dropped out of school for a semester, transferred to another college, switched to an art major, graduated, got married, and for a while worked as a graphic designer.
Even though I didn’t get a business degree, I enjoyed learning about economics.
I graduated from the University of Whatever.
I’m very thankful I went to college, because I’ve seen the difference that it makes for me in the professional world. After graduation, I was building a name for myself in the Chicago theater scene, but there was always this pull to L.A.
I’ve always been short and stocky. So when I got into repertory theatre after graduation, I found myself doing character roles: because of my deep voice, shape and height, I was playing 40-year-old, 50-year-old roles at the age of 23.
College atheletes used to get a degree in bringing your pencil.
I was into movies before my graduation results got out. In fact, I was on location of a movie when they came.
Following graduation from high school in 1948, I attended Harvard University where I became a physics major. Having grown up in a small town, I found Harvard to be an enormously enriching experience. Students in my class came from all walks of life and from a great variety of geographical locations.
School desegregation is associated with higher graduation rates, greater employability, higher earnings, and decreased rates of incarceration.
I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.
I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity – sort of… I haven’t graduated yet. I’m not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day.
Since graduation, I have measured time in 4-by-5-inch pieces of paper, four days on the left and three on the right. Every social engagement, interview, reading, flight, doctor’s appointment, birthday and dry-cleaning reminder has been handwritten between metal loops.
I have a 4-year-old and a 14-year-old, and think I missed a recital and a graduation, and they were like ‘It’s OK mommy, we’ll take pictures.’ It was my upset, though… they were just fine! I just give them a kiss and a hug and let them know that I love them every day.
I commuted to the prestigious Hibiya High School from my uncle’s home in Tokyo. During the high school years, I developed an interest in chemistry, so upon graduation, I chose to take an entrance examination for the Department of Chemistry of the University of Kyoto, the old capital of Japan.
Almost 50 years old now, some 30 years after graduation, I look at my Caltech classmates and conclude that math whizzes do not take over the world.
No one has ever asked me to give a graduation speech. But in my years of working with aspiring entrepreneurs, many of them in college, I’ve gotten used to giving advice.
I attended an evangelical Christian university on the outskirts of suburban Los Angeles and by the time of my graduation was neither evangelical nor Christian.
I went to military college in Canada and graduated as an officer in the Navy but also as an engineer.
I was in Mumbai pursuing my graduation in mass media; I was not sure what to do. I tried my hand at a couple of different things. I joined an acting school after that and eventually things fell in place.
It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
North Dakota State. What do you have to do there to graduate? Milk a cow with your left hand?
After the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, primary education was made free. We are now thinking to make education in the public sector free up to graduation level. We are also thinking of providing a light meal at primary and secondary schools in order to increase the student retention level.
One half who graduate from college never read another book.
I started with a television serial, ‘Just Mohabbat,’ when I was in the first year of my graduation.
I didn’t get my degree at NYU; I got it later, they gave me an honourary one.
The government sets targets for increased four-year high school graduation rates as part of its agenda for improving Americans’ health.
It’s very interesting, if you look at a study that was done by the Brookings Institute back in 2009, they determined that if Americans do three things, they can avoid poverty. Three things. Work, graduate from high school, and get married before you have children.
I received my draft notice right after graduation from college and had three months before going into the Army in September to think about it.
I see myself being a great-grandmother at my great-grandson’s graduation from a school that has my name on it.
Upon graduation, believe it or not, I had no job. I had no interviews. I had no prospects. I had no worries. What I did have, I had passion. I had enormous passion. I had passion for financial markets. I had fallen in love with financial markets.
God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
I would like to be coaching in the right situation if it’s a team effort and doesn’t have a bunch of mini-agendas. I want something where the school wants to win and values graduation and everybody wants to work together.
If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research.
I accidentally forgot to graduate from college.
Yeah, I spent about 20 years in a dorm room. It took me a while to graduate.
I was full of pride when President Obama talked about coding in his last State of the Union address. I was proud when Chicago recently made computer science mandatory as a requirement for graduation. To see this elevate to the level of a bigger conversation is progress.
I’m not impressed by someone’s degree… I’m impressed by them making movies.
For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
I was a lesbian for a semester at Wesleyan – it was a graduation requirement.
It’s not how much you spend, it’s how you spend it. We have been putting a lot of money into education in the state of Nevada, and it’s gotten us to 50th in the country in graduation rates. We needed more accountability in our system.
At the end of four years’ time, at graduation, we were down to 12. At our reunion that we had several years ago, only 1 out of the 52 actually made it to ordination and priesthood. So there you go, there’s your numbers.
I had a chance to win $2 million, a week after high school graduation, and if I turned pro, the sponsor was going to financially support me.
I missed out on a few proms, homecomings, might miss my graduation. I wouldn’t want it any other way… it’s worth it.
I was really desperate. I don’t know if you can remember back that far, but when I went to graduate school they didn’t want females in graduate school. They were very open about it. They didn’t mince their words. But then I got in and I got my degree.
I graduated a the top of my class in the ’84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
Graduation is an important day. It is a significant achievement.
I have done my post graduation in Business Administration.
I didn’t even walk for graduation – I did graduate, though. I got this homeschool deal. I didn’t have to go to school because I was depressed, and my mom wrote all these essays for me. I didn’t write one of them. She literally got me my diploma.
I received my undergraduate degree in engineering in 1939 and a Master of Science degree in mathematical physics in 1941 at Steven Institute of Technology.
Post my graduation, I really thought that acting was something I wanted to do. I simply took a chance and started auditioning, and I loved it.
Thirty days after high-school graduation, I went straight into the Marines.
They couldn’t sign me until after I graduated, but right after graduation day, I had nine different organizations there wanting to sign me.
The day after my high school graduation in 1952, I headed to Alaska. I was 17. I started out greasing equipment, then became a heavy-crane operator. I made and saved good money there for two years.