Quotes for Events - Graduation

Share Your Quotes Join Us Inspire & Move Your Friends

How do you feel today?    I feel ...

Quotes for graduation. Seize the day and the many opportunities coming your way with some quirky bits 'n pieces that will make you laugh as well as some invaluable advice that will help you steer in the right direction--for this is not the end, it is just the beginning.

You're leaving college now, and going out into real life. And you have to realize that real life is not like college. Real life is like high school.

Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock.
"Commencement speakers," said Father Flynn, "should think of themselves as the body at an old-fashioned Irish wake. They need you in order to have the party, but nobody expects you to say very much."
The mistake that others make, and that I trust you will never make, is to treat education as a chore instead of a joy; to treat graduation as an end of education rather than as a beginning.
Year after year stereotyped, perfunctory commencements which are projects of the administration rather than of the graduates themselves point to the schools that are not utilizing the unique opportunity presented by the commencement season to bring secondary education to an inspiring climax. That the seniors do not comprehend the full significance of their graduation is revealed by their questioning the application of the word "Commencement" to an event which, to them, symbolizes something completed and terminated.
For it must be known, Reader, that when the Gentle Youth break out of High School they not only Launch on the Tempestuous Sea, but they also begin to climb the ladder of Fame and hike up the toilsome Mountain-side and go into the waiting Harvest Field, all at the same time. . . . I will now ask you to come up and get your Sheepskins. Take this precious Certificate home and put it in a Dark, Cool Place. A few Years hence when you are less Experienced, it will give you a Melancholy Pleasure to look at it and Hark back to the Time when you knew it all. Just one Word in Parting. Always count your Change, and if you can't be Good, be Careful.
Remember that a man is valuable in our day for what he knows and that his company will always be desired by others in exact proportion to the amount of intelligence and instruction he brings with him.
Gambol and song and jubilee are done, Life's motley pilgrimage must be begun;--Another scene is crowding on the last,--Perhaps a darkened picture of the past; And we, who leave Youth's fairy vales behind, Where Joy hath hailed us on the summer wind, Would fain, with fond delay, prolong the hour, Which sternly strikes at Friendship's golden power.
You have but to hold forth in cap and gown, and any gibberish becomes learning, all nonsense passes for sense.
The commencement oratory which floods the land every June may be an effective anesthetic which youth may take at its second birth, out of the solid, unyielding, factual environment of childhood and of books, out of the substantial fabric of the curriculum with its sure reward of grade, class standing, and satisfying compensation, into the bewildering, hazy and altogether ironic mockeries that we call, in humorous euphony, real life.
Now, I could have said something very profound today, but you would have forgotten it in ten minutes; so I chose to give this kind of speech instead so that in twenty years from now when your children ask you what you did on graduation day, you can proudly say, "I laughed."
For the development of the race depends on the development of the individual, and where self-culture has ceased to be the ideal, the intellectual standard is instantly lowered, and, often, ultimately lost. If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself--a rare type in our time, I admit, but still one occasionally to be met with--you rise from table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified your days.
The great object of Education should be commensurate with the object of life. It should be a moral one; to teach self-trust: to inspire the youthful man with an interest in himself; with a curiosity touching his own nature; to acquaint him with the resources of his mind, and to teach him that there is all his strength, and to inflame him with a piety towards the Grand Mind in which he lives. Thus would education conspire with the Divine Providence.