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Words of Wisdom on Graduation
Our words of wisdom section has more than 35 categories of quotes, including topics such as change, customer service, leadership, motivation, teamwork, and time management.
If you're looking for a commencement speaker, consider Harry K. Jones for your graduation ceremonies. Harry will custom design his speech based on your school's specific needs. Topics to consider are:
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.
There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement
exercises." Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
The tassel's worth the hassle!
The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one
of you is a fuse.
All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the
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.
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.
The future lies before you
Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues.
Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate
and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared
to what lies within us.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no
path and leave a trail.
The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated
the day after.
You have brains in your head.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you
didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Of course, there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring
a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.
If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the
university has failed you.
The truth is, I was afraid the day I walked into Stanford. And I was
afraid the day I walked out.
The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of
continually asking questions.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do
not expect to sit.
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