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Inspirational and Funny Graduation Quotes

Congratulate high school and college grads with inspirational, funny, and short quotes full of wisdom and wit.

Shawna Newman

March 28, 2024

Inspirational and Funny Graduation Quotes
Hats off to the Class of 2024!
May and June are two months of the year filled with pomp and circumstance. Whether you're a high school senior graduating, or a college student walking the stage ready to enter the workforce, it is a time of much joy. Parents and friends of graduates are eager to join in on the impressive graduation celebrations, too! JUMP TO INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES JUMP TO FUNNY QUOTES JUMP TO SHORT QUOTES JUMP TO WISDOM QUOTES You may find you could use a quote for the top of your graduation cap, your graduation invitations or even your graduation cake! Friends and families are also looking for the best graduation sayings to include on the cards and gifts they will give to graduates. Whether you need college graduation quotes or high school graduation quotes, sharing words of encouragement for graduates is a common practice in the United States. Let's dive into some of the best quotes for graduates in 2024...

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

Graduation is a BIG deal. Walking across the stage signifies the next step in life. Graduates from the Class of 2024 are looking for encouraging words that will inspire them to venture on with confidence. Consider using one of these inspirational quotes for graduates to motivate and celebrate the special occasion.
  • "Keep your face toward the sunshine and shadows will always fall behind you." ~ Walt Whitman
  • "...Don't ever underestimate the impact you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own." ~ Michelle Obama
  • "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." ~ Arthur Ashe
  • "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!
  • "I hope you will run through every open door and tell stories when you return." ~ Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feed on the ground." ~ Theodore Roosevelt.
  • "The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible." ~ Maya Angelou
  • "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead." ~ Nora Ephorn
  • "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • Funny Graduation Quotes

    While graduation is a great accomplishment, it can also be overwhelming. There are last minute tasks at hand, and graduation traditions and events to attend—from planning the senior class gift and senior pranks to baccalaureate and graduation ceremony rehearsals. These funny quotes for graduates help to keep the mood light reminding grads to embrace their next adventure.
  • "Things may happen and often do to people as brainy and footsy as you." ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!
  • "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." ~ Yogi Berra
  • "Today's mighty oak tree is yesterday's nut that held its ground." ~ Unknown
  • "If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you." ~ Steven Wright
  • "If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft." ~ Snoop Dogg
  • "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." ~ Winston Churchill
  • "You will screw up sometimes." ~ Taylor Swift
  • "Even if you're on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there." ~ Will Rogers
  • "You have to be odd to be number one." ~ Dr. Seuss
  • "...always think one step ahead, like a carpenter that makes stairs." ~ Andy Bernard, The Office
  • "The best way to predict your future is to create it." ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • Short Graduation Quotes

    Sometimes the short sayings create more of an impact than the longer quotes for graduation. Consider writing one of the quotes below on a graduation card.
  • "Kid, you'll move mountains!" ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!
  • "Remember that life's a great balancing act." ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!
  • "Don't be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed." ~ LeBron James
  • "Ideas are wilder than memories." ~ V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  • "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~ Albert Einstein
  • "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney
  • "Don't just fly, soar." ~ Dumbo
  • "Be the change you are trying to create." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Remain humble but stay hungry." ~ Cardi B.
  • "Age is of no importance unless you're a cheese." ~ Billie Burke
  • "Life's a climb. But the view is great." ~ Miley Cyrus
  • "This above all: To thine own self be true." ~ William Shakespeare
  • Words of Wisdom for Graduates

    What's a graduation quote without passing on valuable knowledge and words of wisdom?! These sayings for the graduate will stick with them, reminding them why and how their education will help them overcome.
  • "If watching is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without you." ~ Laverne, The Hunchback of Norte Dame.
  • "The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you." ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • "The very things that hold you down are going to lift you." ~ Timothy Mouse, Dumbo.
  • "You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ Winnie the Pooh
  • "Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks." ~ Warren Buffett
  • "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done." ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • "Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom." ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • "Life isn't how to survive the storm, it's about how to dance in the rain." ~ Taylor Swift
  • "Love the life you live. Live the life you love." ~ Bob Marley
  • "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." ~ Steve Jobs
  • "Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life." ~ Amy Poehler
  • "Hard work may not always result in success, but it will never result in regret." ~ Moneyball
  • High school seniors should apply for scholarships throughout each year of college. College seniors looking to continue onto graduate school should also apply for scholarships, throughout each year of grad school! Graduation is a time of much happiness. But don't let the impressive ceremony keep you from finding ways to help you pay for your continued education. Create your free Fastweb profile to get scholarship matches that fit you.

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