Graduation Quotes

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Janet Fitch
“I imagined the lies the valedictorian was telling them right now. About the exciting future that lies ahead. I wish she'd tell them the truth: Half of you have gone as far in life as you're ever going to. Look around. It's all downhill from here. The rest of us will go a bit further, a steady job, a trip to Hawaii, or a move to Phoenix, Arizona, but out of fifteen hundred how many will do anything truly worthwhile, write a play, paint a painting that will hang in a gallery, find a cure for herpes? Two of us, maybe three? And how many will find true love? About the same. And enlightenment? Maybe one. The rest of us will make compromises, find excuses, someone or something to blame, and hold that over our hearts like a pendant on a chain.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Stephenie Meyer
“When we were five, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Our answers were thing like astronaut, president, or in my case… princess.

When we were ten, they asked again and we answered - rock star, cowboy, or in my case, gold medalist. But now that we've grown up, they want a serious answer. Well, how 'bout this: who the hell knows?!

This isn't the time to make hard and fast decisions, its time to make mistakes. Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere chill. Fall in love - a lot. Major in philosophy 'cause there's no way to make a career out of that. Change your mind. Then change it again, because nothing is permanent.

So make as many mistakes as you can. That way, someday, when they ask again what we want to be… we won't have to guess. We'll know.

[from the movie]”
Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse

Nina LaCour
“We were nostalgic for a time that wasn't yet over.”
Nina LaCour, We Are Okay

Robert Orben
“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 Orben

Jim Carrey
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don't let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
Jim Carrey

Sherman Alexie
“Coach said. "the quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor".”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Tim Tharp
“We’re not the Faster-than-the-Speed-of-Light Generation anymore. We’re not even the Next-New-Thing Generation. We’re the Soon-to-Be-Obsolete Kids, and we’ve crowded in here to hide from the future and the past. We know what’s up – the future looms straight ahead like a black wrought-iron gate and the past is charging after us like a badass Doberman, only this one doesn’t have any letup in him.”
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

“Congratulations!
Today is your day
You're off to great places
You're off and away

You've got brains in your head
You've got feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any
Direction you choose

You're on your own
And you know what you know
And you are the guy
Who'll decide where you go

Out there things can happen
And frequently do
To people as brainy
And footsy as you

And will you succeed?
Yes you will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)

You're off to great places
Today is your day
Your mountain is waiting
Go, get on your way!”
Dr. Suess

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“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.”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

John Green
“pg. 231-232: They'd given me a minivan. They could have picked any car and they picked a minivan. A minivan. O God of the Vehicular Justice, why dost thou mock me? Minivan, you albatross around my neck! You mark of Cain! You wretched beast high ceilings and few horsepower!”
John Green, Paper Towns

Emily Henry
“Just because you don't know what you want yet, it doesn't mean that there's nothing to want.”
Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World

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

“Develop and protect a moral sensibility and demonstrate the character to apply it. Dream big. Work hard. Think for yourself. Love everything you love, everyone you love, with all your might. And do so, please, with a sense of urgency, for every tick of the clock subtracts from fewer and fewer.”
David McCullough Jr.

Mary Karr
“Bad things are gonna' happen to you, because they happen to us all. And worrying won't stave the really bad things off. Don't make the mistake of comparing your twisted-up insides to other people's blow-dried outsides. Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of the damned just going about the business of being human.”
Mary Karr, Now Go Out There:

Rachel Kapelke-Dale
“You won’t be able to do this ten years from now—just leave everything behind and go.”
Rachel Kapelke-Dale, Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Rachel Kapelke-Dale
“How do we deal with all the people we’ve been? What happens when we have to confront them?”
Rachel Kapelke-Dale, Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Maya Angelou
“Look beyond your tasseled caps
And you will see injustice.
At the end of your fingertips
You will find cruelties,
Irrational hate, bedrock sorrow
And terrifying loneliness.
There is your work.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

Katherine Reay
“But I made it. And for some reason, I’m not worried about my job prospects. I truly believe I will be okay.”
Katherine Reay, Dear Mr. Knightley

Ed Tarkington
“We were perched on the precipice of manhood, drunk on our own importance, our futures promising, the present full of opportunity for seemingly endless firsts and lasts--first drink, first kiss, first love, first lay; last dance, last test, last performance, last season, last game. There were many dance and parties to attend: homecoming at both Steptoe and Yeatman, Steptoe's winter formal, holiday celebrations, and, in the spring, proms and the Tennessee Breeders' Cup. At times, it seemed our education was getting in the way of the events surrounding it.”
Ed Tarkington, The Fortunate Ones

Sylvia Plath
“Of course, you have another year at college yet,' Jay Cee went on a little more mildly. 'What do you have in mind after you graduate?'
What I always thought I had in mind was getting some big scholarship to graduate school or a grant to study all over Europe, and then I thought I'd be a professor and write books of poems or write books of poems and be an editor of some sort. Usually I had these plans on the tip of my tongue.
'I don't really know,' I heard myself say. I felt a deep shock, hearing myself say that, because the minute I said it, I knew it was true.
It sounded true, and I recognized it, the way you recognize some nondescript person that's been hanging around your door for ages and then suddenly comes up and introduces himself as your real father and looks exactly like you, so you know he really is your father, and the person you thought all your life was your father is a sham.
'I really don't know.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath
“Of course, you have another year at college yet,' Jay Cee went on a little more mildly. 'What do you have in mind after you graduate?'
What I always thought I had in mind was getting some big scholarship to graduate school or a grant to study all over Europe, and then I thought I'd be a professor and write books of poems or write books of poems and be an editor of some sort. Usually I had these plans on the tip of my tongue.
'I don't really know,' I heard myself say. I felt a deep shock, hearing myself say that, because the minute I said it, I knew it was true.
It sounded true, and I recognized it, the way you recognize some nondescript person that's been hanging around your door for ages and then suddenly comes up and introduces himself as your real father and looks exactly like you, so you know he really is your father, and the person you thought all your life was your father is a sham.
'I don't really know.”
Sylvia Plath

Richie Norton
“Universities will try to become relevant again by not focusing on the diploma as much because companies don’t require them anymore (unless doctor or lawyer type). You’ll see people focusing back on skills, results and a mega double down on personal brand.”
Richie Norton

Winston Churchill
“To think that in such a place, I led such a life.”
Winston Churchill

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Graduation is not the end of education.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Ricky Lee
“Yang hawak mong diploma, para 'yan sa iba, hindi para sa'yo.”
Ricky Lee, Kulang na Silya at Iba pang Kuwentong Buhay: Essays on Life and Writing

Michael Bassey Johnson
“School rewards with a certificate; nature rewards with enlightenment.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Natalie M. Esparza
“I thought graduation was going to be the start of my life, but I felt in limbo. When was it going to be my turn? I’d fought my depression-like hell to get to graduation, someone moved the goalpost.”
Natalie M. Esparza, Spectacle: Discover a Vibrant Life through the Lens of Curiosity

Natalie M. Esparza
“Life was moving so fast that I was having trouble landing with both feet in this moment. I’d finally “arrived” again...Why wasn’t I more excited?”
Natalie M. Esparza, Spectacle: Discover a Vibrant Life through the Lens of Curiosity

Karl Kristian Flores
“After we graduate, our identities just become nervousness and worrying all the time.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Karl Kristian Flores
“Our teachers forgot to mention that by throwing our tassels in the air, we throw every shit anyone can ever give about us. The world says it cares, but it goes ahead and does something different. I wish we weren’t cared for later than we’re supposed to be cared for. It's like: 'You graduated college. There’s no way you have any trace of still being a scared child. Oh, you fucked up? Here’s a jail cell.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

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