27 Graduation Poems
A collection of graduation poems about that special commemorative day that deserves recognition. Poems
for the graduate, poems for fellow graduates, and graduation poems to say thank you!
Everyone must expend the energy and diligence to capture the moment; that moment when a person is entrusted with a graduation diploma that marks only the beginning of a new chapter in the book of life.
Perseverance and dedication are the hallmarks of what lies beyond high school graduation. Whether that be in obtaining advanced degrees from college or university, it is always attained through hard work, sometimes tears, and many dedicated hours.
We trust these verses will help express your congratulatory thoughts to the new graduate as they begin to reach for the next milestone, the farthest educational journey in their life.
The poems contain words of wisdom that will inspire the graduate on the next
chapter of their life!
We hope you find a poem to celebrate the achievement of graduation.
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We Are Proud of You
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
School is over there is no more
Now you can go out there and soar
All your dreams you can now pursue
Each day will be different and so new.
Give it all you got and more
Look for opportunities and open the door
You are wished much happiness
We know you will be a success!
Congratulations on a job well done
Enjoy it and have some fun
Wear the cap and tassel too
We are so very proud of you!
Poet: Lillian E. Curtis
The moments fly! I lay my book aside,
For Fancy travels o'er miles that lie between;
How swift, how swift, oh, thoughts, ye glide
To that bright, eventful scene!
Read! study! not in this sacred bit of time,
For, hark! the clock strikes one.
And by the letters I've counted in a line,
That oration already has begun.
Childish, weak, perhaps you say,
'Twere weaker still to let memory slumber.
And forget, on this anniversary day,
The brightest Star of all the number -
The brightest, then the brightest now;
Perhaps I've reason for praise so strong?
None, but to twine laurels o'er the brow,
Where Conscience tells that they belong.
Memory, Memory, thy trust still keep.
That sonorous voice rises clear.
Then falls with a cadence thrilling, deep -
Memory, Memory, linger near.
Fain at his feet I'd lay a floral gift,
But Fate decreed it should not be;
But, oh. Memory, thy filmy curtain uplift.
And do thy duty well for me!
Waft to him o'er gentle Fancy's wing
My wishes for him this hour;
A substitute for the gift I'd bring,
From the choicest floral bower;
For in this distant Western clime to-day
A prayer for him arises now.
That many a laurel and bright bay
May twine o'er that noble brow.
The Moment Your Life Begins
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2015
From this moment on,
Your life will begin.
From what you knew in the past,
Your life will be changing.
And this is okay,
As life changes a lot.
It's good to be flexible,
And don't have a blind spot.
Keep your eyes wide open,
In search of the best.
The big shot will come around,
And it'll be you they'll request.
Stay open and positive,
So people can know,
The person you are inside,
A person with show.
Take what you need,
From the past, you are now.
And take steps on forward,
To the life, you will allow.
And when you feel frustrated,
And feel a bit down.
Remember who you are,
Turn that frown upside down.
We The Seniors
We, the seniors do pledge, for the future's sake.
To strive to do our very best In all we undertake.
Some of us will be slow, some fast
As we climb the ladder of fame.
But finally we will all get there
And win ourselves a great name.
There will always be some conflicts
In this great world of today.
But it will be up to we seniors
To resolve them on our way.
As we become older our memories we shall grow fonder.
Let us bear these thoughts in mirid, as on our way we wander.
Chapters of Life
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
This stage of life has seen us
Study until we felt like we would bust
But today is the day
We are actually on our way.
Our learning has been great
But for this day we wait
A celebration of graduation
Will it feel like a vacation.
Life brings a new chapter
That is what learning is after
The knowledge to decide
Whether we will go for the ride.
And the coming chapter will see
Success is all up to me
I can move forward with pride
All my learning as a guide.
Chapters of life opening up to me
I will give it my best and be all I can be.
So on this graduation let's reflect
And move forward to achieve what we expect.
Graduation: One At A Time
Poet: Byron R. Pulsifer © 2019
There was only one
Only one at a time.
To long for more
Gives you no more.
You have to take it one by one
With each one earned before anymore.
Do not fret unless you scheme
To do less is but only a dream.
Each day must be claimed
Or else there is nothing but shame.
Delight in what you have earned,
Through your work, though it be hard.
Wait not upon the lawn,
But get to class before you yawn.
You made it through to this point,
In delight there must be more
For should it be left or else it is shunned,
Tis not for you to become undone.
The hopes and dreams of many are
That rest upon your shoulders broad.
Make haste before the age befalls.
It is not the end despite the night
But only the next one in your sight.
Congrats My Friend
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
Finally, our big day has arrived
And look we both survived!
We had many a talk about this day
We can't wait, we would say.
We studied hard, we hit the books
Another test, we would give each other the look.
Will it ever be over, the years so slow
But finally today we feel a glow.
Friends we have been through these years
We shared good times and our fears
We had many laughs, oh, such good memories
And we celebrated every small victory.
A friend like you to share the school years
You're different than my other peers
Has been only the best
We survived and passed all the tests.
School has been great
But to you, I must state,
"We will always share a special bond,
I appreciate you and of you, I am so fond."
So my buddy, my friend
Today is the end
But our friendship will carry on
Even after we're gone.
So graduation we do commemorate
This day will always be a special date
Congrats, my dear friend, we did it
We've come to the day and we wrote our own ticket!
A Wish For You My Friend
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
I wish you for much happiness
I know that you will be a success
I wish for you a future bright
You truly are a shining light.
I wish for you wings to soar
Your future holds so much in store.
I wish for you an easy transition
Move forward with all your ambition.
I wish for you my friend
The happiness you feel today never ends
Congrats to a truly dear friend
This is only the beginning, not the end!
Test Of Usefulness
Poet: A. C. Shaw
The cap, the gown, the robe, the crown,
The titles of today -
Like mist before the morning sun,
Will surely pass away.
Conceal your learning while you may,
Nor list to emulation;
Let others seek the road to fame,
Strive not for reputation.
The hill is long and hard to climb
That leads you to success;
True greatness, after all, is just
A test of usefulness.
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2015
Graduations are a time,
To say your farewells.
You'll miss your old life here,
And you're friends you will tell.
Together we've been,
In these halls every day.
Passing each other,
To our classrooms saying 'hey'.
And now we all go,
Our own different ways.
Where in each new hallway,
Is new people each day.
And yes we will make friends,
This we all know.
But it's hard to say goodbye,
To those, we call bros.
Leaving our homes,
For a different scene.
Makes us nervous,
But also excited with glee.
So here we embark,
On the life that awaits.
Congrats to you all,
And good luck in your fates.
We bid a fond and sad farewell to you
Of trouble and strife we gave you a share.
But your justice was always impartial and fair.
For the help you have given us.
For the time and the pains.
We can but humbly thank you
Again and again.
We now have to leave you.
And fare life alone.
Our hearts filled with courage
And confidence grown.
What we will make of ourselves
In the world of stress.
Is the result of the training
of high school learning.
Poet: Quinlan Regan
Tonight we are to graduate
To part from bookish tasks
Each one will roam this world alone
A separate Senior Class.
We've many things to do alone
We shall not work in vain
We must go on and upward
Ere joys can be attained.
Let this not be a sad good-bye
Though eyes are welled with tears
But let it be a fond "adieu"
Till we meet in future years.
I Never Said It Enough
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2019
For always being there, I thank you
For your time and all you do.
For your guidance and direction, I thank you
For always having patience in all you do.
For putting up with my teenage years, I thank you
For showing me the positive in all you do.
For always believing in me, I thank you
You never showed doubt in all you do.
For giving me that push when I needed it, I thank you
For never giving up in all you do.
For inspiring me when I needed it, I thank you
You are a role model in all you do.
I could go on and on
I could even sing you a song,
I realize that I never said "Thank You" enough
As without you, it would have been tough!
So on this Graduation Day
"Thank You", I want to say!
A Thank You
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
Graduating is finally true
It would not have happened without you
Your encouragement and support
Was wonderful even when I fell short.
You always encouraged and pushed me more
You helped me to learn more and explore
You were always there to understand
And always willing to lend a hand.
So today as I become a grad
I want to say thank you as you had
Believed in me when I did not
You never gave up you always taught.
I'm not sure what the future holds
But thanks to you I'm prepared for it to unfold
I promise you I will do my best
Thanks to you I passed the test.
The words just don't seem to express
How much you contributed to my progress
Thank you, thank you for all you've done
I appreciate you, there is no other like you, none!
Endings or Beginnings
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2019
Is this a new beginning or is this the end
Out into the world, we do send
Students to change the world as they may
This is what happens on graduation day.
The end school days has arrived
But put into practice and thrive
You see this new beginning
Is the start of good living!
The end of school but not of learning
The beginning of success by earning
All that you have learned now comes
A chance to earn a good income.
Memories you will take with you
The end of school that's true
But the beginning of your future
Where it's all up to you.
Congratulations to you on your success
We wish you much happiness
So with the new beginning is the key
To do your best and all you can be.
Graduation Means To Me ...
Poet: Julie Hebert © 2019
What graduation means to me,
Is opening up a door.
A door that is very new,
And hopefully won’t be a bore.
I hope this door is something I,
Have always dreamed it’d be.
Adventures in an unknown spot,
I hope you would agree.
It's hard for me at many times,
To let go of what I’ve got.
To say goodbye to what I know,
I know it’ll be a lot.
But one thing I know for sure,
Is I am growing up.
My life is about to change in a big way,
And I can’t wait to see it closeup.
The Graduate's Farewell
Poet: Lurania A. H. Munday
Farewell! my classmates - here's my hand,
Tears are around my heart,
Thick crowding thoughts are thronging up,
In this sad hour we part.
Patient we've trod the classic hall.
Together day by day;
Where science on the dark'nd mind,
Pours her celestial ray.
Together at the shrine of truth,
We've bent with toil and pain;
Together spent the wealth of youth
In leaming's sacred fane.
And oft has midnight's weary hour,
Bedim'd the radient eye;
As we the musty page explored;
Nay, do not heave a sigh.
For when the daily task was o'er,
In circles we have met;
To spend in mirth the rosy hours -
Those hours shall we forget?
Nay brother - do not turn away,
There's sadness on thy brow;
Now gird thee up the manly heart,
'Tis life's commencement now.
Hark I a silvery voice - say, dost thou hear?
It is the trump of fame;
Its notes come ringing sweet and clear,
And sings a deathless name.
Then nerve thy arm and bare thy brow,
To meet the world's dark strife.
And proudly breast the gales that blow,
Amid the storms of life.
Thy noble energy of soul,
Shall not be spent in vain;
The world shall feel the strong control
Which minds like thine maintain.
In truth ye are. a gallant band,
My heart exults with pride;
As proudly beautiful ye stand
Together by my side.
The poem below, The Road Not Taken, is a very famous poem that has been
used by many over the years. It is a great poem to share with a new graduate to
encourage them to follow their dreams rather than taking the same path as everyone else!
The Road Not Taken
Poet: Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Nobility Of Goodness
Poet: Charles Kingsley
My fairest child, I have no song to give you;
No lark could pipe to skies so dull and gray;
Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you,
For every day.
Be good, sweet, and let who will be clever;
Do noble things, not dream them all day long;
And so make life, death, and that vast forever,
One grand, sweet song!
by Samuel Smiles
We learn wisdom from failure
Much more than from success,
Often discover what will do by finding out
What will not do,
And probably he who never made a mistake
Never made a discovery.
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We hope you have found just the right words in these poems to share with the
new graduate. Apply these words to middle school, high school, or university accomplishments - Graduation is truly a life milestone and should be celebrated and
recognized! It is the beginning of applying all that the student has learned.
An accomplishment that should be recognized and celebrated!
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