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Graduation Card Message Ideas

Published May 02, 2012        by Sarah

Graduation Day

When someone is graduating, it’s nice to write a thoughtful message in a card for them to go along with their graduation gifts. But what if you can’t think of the right words to say? You can always try just a heartfelt “Congratulations!” but if you want to write more, here are some ideas.

Quote Garden ( compiles quotes in the public domain that you can use in your cards. These are sayings from famous people that will make you and your graduate chuckle. So, next time you’re staring at the blank white inside of a card, turn to Quote Garden for help!

Graduation Quotes

People will frighten you about a graduation... They use words you don't hear often:  "And we wish you Godspeed."  It is a warning, Godspeed.  It means you are no longer welcome here at these prices.  ~Bill Cosby

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises."  Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.  ~Orrin Hatch

Your families are extremely proud of you.  You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing.  This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.  ~Gary Bolding

The tassel's worth the hassle!  ~Author Unknown

The fireworks begin today.  Each diploma is a lighted match.  Each one of you is a fuse.  ~Edward Koch

All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.  ~Author Unknown

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

Graduation is only a concept.  In real life, every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference.  ~Arie Pencovici

At commencement, you wear your square-shaped mortarboards.  My hope is that from time to time, you will let your minds be bold and wear sombreros.  ~Paul Freund

When you leave here, don't forget why you came.  ~Adlai Stevenson, to college graduates

Graduation day is tough for adults.  They go to the ceremony as parents.  They come home as contemporaries.  After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.  ~Erma Bombeck

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.  ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

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

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.  ~Aristotle

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.  ~Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

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

The future lies before you, Like a field of driven snow, Be careful how you tread it, For every step will show. ~Author Unknown

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

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