Graduation Quotes

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.-Robert Anthony



You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.-Tom Brokaw



We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.-Carol Burnett




God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.-Bernie Siegel



I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back.-Fred Allen



You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day.-Andy Samberg


The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. – James Madison



God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.-Elbert Hubbard



All real education is the architecture of the soul.-William Bennett



Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.-Andrew Shue



It is virtually impossible to compete in today’s global economy without a college degree.-Bobby Scott



Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.-Garry Trudeau



For many, graduation marks the end of formal student life – the end of long spring breaks and of thinking that a 10 A.M. class is far too early.-Alexa Von Tobel



The doer alone learneth.-Friedrich Nietzsche



After graduating in the summer of 1980, I knew I wanted my life to count.-Donna Rice



In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: ‘We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.’-Jimmy Carter



Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. – Marian Wright Edelman



I did get a degree in special education.-Clay Aiken



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



North Dakota State. What do you have to do there to graduate? Milk a cow with your left hand?-Bobby Heenan



I went to college at the University of Kansas, where I got a degree in political science.-Sara Paretsky



If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research.-Alan Dundes



Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.-Erma Bombeck


The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.-Elizabeth Blackwell



I was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to go back to Princeton and get my Masters in architecture. I’d done theatricals in college, but I’d done them because it was fun.-James Stewart



The knowledge of languages was very useful. I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.-Emma Bonino



I was really desperate. I don’t know if you can remember back that far, but when I went to graduate school they didn’t want females in graduate school. They were very open about it. They didn’t mince their words. But then I got in and I got my degree.-Shannon Lucid



I graduated from the University of Whatever. – Dana Snyder




This man used to go to school with his dog. Then they were separated. His dog graduated!-Henny Youngman



Remember, half the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their class.-Al McGuire



I graduated a the top of my class in the ’84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.-Scott Hamilton



The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.-Robert M. Hutchins



I have no problems with private schools. I graduated from one and so did my mother. Private schools are useful and we often use public funds to pay for their infrastructures and other common needs.-Jim Clyburn



Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.-T. S. Eliot



It is soooooo necessary to get the basic skills, because by the time you graduate, undergraduate or graduate, that field would have totally changed from your first day of school.-Leigh Steinberg



The essays in The Great Taos Bank Robbery were my project to win a Master of Arts degree in English when I quit being a newspaper editor and went back to college.-Tony Hillerman



You know what has made me the happiest I’ve ever been? Seeing my son and daughter graduate from college. More than wanting them to be educated, I wanted them to be nice people. To see that they have become both is just a wonderful thing.-Gil Scott-Heron



It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.-Norman Cousins



Our record number of teenagers must become our record number of high school and college graduates and our record number of teachers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and skilled professionals.-Ruben Hinojosa



College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.-Paul Ryan



Earlier today, Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized the California school system, calling it disastrous. Arnold says California’s schools are so bad that its graduates are willing to vote for me.-Conan O’Brien



For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. – Plato



I wrote a novel for my degree, and I’m very happy I didn’t submit that to a publisher. I sympathize with my professors who had to read it.-David Eddings



So in my uncertainty, I went to graduate school and there it all happened.-Ted Nelson



It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.-John F. Kennedy



I accidentally forgot to graduate from college.-Anne Lamott



Everybody wants you to do good things, but in a small town you pretty much graduate and get married. Mostly you marry, have children and go to their football games.-Faith Hill



When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did. I graduated from Yale College and Yale University with my master’s and I didn’t do it by missing school.-Angela Bassett



One half who graduate from college never read another book.-G. M. Trevelyan



Yale places great stress on undergraduate and graduate teaching. I like teaching, and I do a lot of it.-James Tobin



When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.-M. H. Abrams



Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology. – Clive James



I dropped out of school for a semester, transferred to another college, switched to an art major, graduated, got married, and for a while worked as a graphic designer.-James Green Somerville



College atheletes used to get a degree in bringing your pencil.-Ruby Wax



I went to military college in Canada and graduated as an officer in the Navy but also as an engineer.-Marc Garneau



When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.-Ray Bradbury



My personal advice is to go to school first and get a liberal arts education, and then if you want to pursue acting, go to graduate school.-Jillian Bach


I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity – sort of… I haven’t graduated yet. I’m not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day.-Claire Danes


Yeah, I spent about 20 years in a dorm room. It took me a while to graduate.-Douglas Wilson



I teach one semester a year, and this year I’m just teaching one course during that semester, a writing workshop for older students in their late 20s and early 30s, people in our graduate program who are already working on a manuscript and trying to bring it to completion.-Tobias Wolff

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