Graduation quotes


Celebrate the graduate with these quotes for cap and gown, cards, yearbooks and more

Celebrate the grad with these graduation quotes for cards, yearbooks, cap decorations, and more!

The days are getting longer and the school year is winding down (quicker for some than others) which means it’s Graduation time! Whether for pre-school, elementary school, middle or high school, or even college and beyond, we want to shower the graduates in love and congratulations!

Graduates, this is also your go-to guide for quotes and sayings to put on your cap and gown, to write in yearbooks for your friends, or even use as senior quotes and thank you card wordings!

Quotes & Sayings for Graduates

Perfect to print out for a boost of motivation, or to save and post on social media, these graduation quotes are sure to inspire and celebrate the graduate in your life!

  1. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
    —B.B. King
  2. “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”
    —Senator Orrin Hatch
  3. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
    —Arthur Ashe
  4. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
    —Steve Jobs
  5. “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
  6. “I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.”
    —Maya Angelou
  7. “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
    —Mother Teresa
  8. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
    —Oscar Wilde
  9. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
    —Babe Ruth
  10. “The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”
    —Neil Gaiman
  11. “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”
    —Betty Reese
  12. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
    —Thomas Edison
  13. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’”
    —Audrey Hepburn
  14. “There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.”
    —Dick Costolo
  15. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
    —Henry David Thoreau
  16. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
  17. “Dream big and dare to fail.”
    —Norman Vaughan
  18. “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”
    —Maya Angelou
  19. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
    —Henry Ford
  20. “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”
    —Grandma Moses


Quotes and Sayings for Graduation Cards

Show the graduate how proud you are of them with a special card! Use some of these quotes or ideas for graduation card wording to add some text to the card, or write a message on the inside.


  1. We are so proud of you, {name} for how far you’ve come and where you’re going!
  2. Believe in the beauty of your dreams! Happy Graduation, Class of 2021
  3. Look back on these 4 years with pride and a smile, you’ve accomplished so much!
  4. Look out world, here comes {name}! Congratulations!
  5. Here’s to you, {name}! College is lucky to have you.
  6. Good luck at university for the next four years. Work hard and have fun!
  7. Another new entry in the workforce! Congratulations!
  8. You did it! Congratulations on four years of hard work and dedication.
  9. The future is bright, better find some sunglasses, {name}!
  10. Today is the first page in the next chapter of your life! Congratulations class of 2021.

Quotes and Sayings to Put on Your Graduation Cap

One of the fun parts of graduation is getting to decorate your cap and gown! If your school lets you decorate the cap, here are some ideas for inspiration or quotes you can decorate with.


  1. Thanks Mom & Dad. Class of 21
  2. Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace
  3. Proud of my B.S.
  4. She believed she could so she did
  5. And so the adventure begins
  6. Master has given Dobby a diploma … Dobby is a free elf!
  7. The best is yet to come
  8. Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded
  9. Follow your arrow
  10. The tassel is worth the hassle
  11. She turned her can’ts into cans, and her dreams into plans.
  12. Be the change you wish to see in the world
  13. Hotter by one degree
  14. Oh the places you’ll go!
  15. May your hats fly as high as your dreams
  16. Game of Loans. Interest is coming.
  17. Well-behaved women seldom make history.
  18. Now what?
  19. On to the next chapter
  20. Class of 2021: The One with the Pandemic


Quotes and Sayings for Yearbooks and Senior Quotes

Do you ever have that feeling of absolute brain freeze when someone hands you their yearbook for you to sign? Need a Senior Quote to sum up these past four years? You don’t want to write the same old HAGS: Have a Great Summer or Off to college! Take some of our ideas here:

  1. I am so glad we grew so close this year! From geometry to Friday night football games and everything in between, we definitely had too much fun! Can’t wait for all the adventures with you this summer!
  2. We started high school as best friends and now we’re heading separate ways for college. Where did all the time go? I will miss you like crazy, but we’ll only be four hours apart and Christmas break will be here before you know it. Anyways…we have all summer. Let’s make the most of it!
  3. You make my life fun! I can’t imagine sophomore year without you and your antics, humor and sweet notes. Love you!
  4. It’s been a pleasure to watch you grow and change this year. You have within you everything you need to continue to be successful. You can move mountains if you want. I wish you the best of luck.
  5. It was a lot of fun having History with you this year. You always have really great things to say! Hope you have a fantastic summer.


Quotes to use as Senior Quotes

  1. See kids…I told you I was good-looking in high school.
  2. I didn’t know these captions were due today.
  3. High School Musical is pretty unrealistic.
  4. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  5. All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.
  6. You can’t move forward without saying goodbye to the past.
  7. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
  8. Oh the places we’ll go!
  9. Here’s to the next chapter …
  10. Class of 2021, we made it!