Graduation and Graduates Quotes

"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

"When you leave here, don't forget why you came."
- Adlai Stevenson, to college graduates

"We don't stop going to school when we graduate."
- Carol Burnett

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."
- Aristotle

"Catholic school graduates exhibit a wide variety of qualities that will not only help them in their careers but also in their family and community lives."
- Joe Baca

"Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars."
- Richard Halliburton

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

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."
- Theodore Roosevelt

"The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
- J.K. Rowling

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
- H. D. Thoreau

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."   
- Dr. Seuss

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"The older I got, the smarter my teachers became."
- A. Carter

Humorous

"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 Orden

"Your families are extremely proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money."
- Gary Bolding

"You will find the key to success under the alarm clock."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open."
- Thomas Dewar