Graduation and Graduates Quotes

"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


"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


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