Graduation Quotes, Wishes and Gift Plaque Wording Ideas

It's an accomplishment that’s been celebrated for generations—the all-important milestone of graduation. There's a reason the ceremony is known as commencement. It truly signifies the start of something amazing. A career, a push toward higher education, or a spiritual calling such as seminary all begin with graduation. It's that rare celebration that most people truly cherish and hope to always remember, so keep that sentiment close to your heart when browsing through graduation plaque messages and wording ideas. 

Whether you're searching for bible verses for graduation or inspirational graduation quotes, your words matter. We've got you started with some carefully curated examples of graduation plaque messages, sayings, best wishes, inspirational quotes, or religious scriptures. 

Whether you're looking for the perfect law school graduation congratulation message or a nurse graduation quote, as long as you put authenticity at the center of your message, you'll be in good shape. From scripture to sentimental quotes, there's really no wrong way to engrave a graduation gift, so let our graduation plaque ideas inspire you. There's also no wrong recipient to send best wishes to! Of course, the graduate is the star of the day, but don't forget graduation thank you messages for parents who've been there for every step of this incredible journey. 

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As you gear up to the real world, I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known ...”

- Anonymous

"Tomorrow is a blank page waiting for you to fill it. All you have to do is be yourself and live the story that no one else can live - The story of your own unique life. Be proud. Be confident. And most of all be happy.”

- Anonymous

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Bible Verses for Graduation

“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
- Jeremiah 29:11

“All scripture is breathed out by God and
profitable for teaching, for proof, for correction,
and for training in righteousness, that the man of God
may be complete, equipped for every good work.
- 2nd Timothy 3:16-17

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Sample Graduation Prayers

Upon your College Graduation, we pray...
that God blesses you with good luck,
that your journey is filled with happiness,
and that your accomplishments be plenty
in the years to come.

Step into your future with a prayer
in your heart and a song in your soul,
step into your future with faith in the Lord
and the abilities He's given you...

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Sample Graduation Wishes

Follow your dreams and the world will open up before you.

Your talent, willingness to learn, devotion,
and belief in yourself will take you far.
We wish you best of luck and continued success for your career ahead!

Hope you feel very proud of this achievement,
the result of your dedication and hard work.
As you look to the future,
there’s no doubt in the minds and hearts of those who know you
that your life will be filled with many more successes.
Look back and be proud of what you have achieved,
Look forward and create the bright future you so deserve.
Wishing you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

May your day be filled with blessings,
like the sun that lights the sky,
& may you always have the courage
to spread your wings & fly

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Graduation Thank You Message for Parents

Thank you for always guiding, loving, and cherishing me.

Today, as I graduate from college,
I am flooded with memories of the past,
and excited about what the future holds.
But Most of all, I think of you and all you have given me.
And I want to say “Thank You” for all of your love,
encouragement and support.

To have been gifted a mother such as you.
I have achieved so much and thanks to you,
I can look for a bright future.
Thank you for providing me
with your beautiful and loving spirit.

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Nurse Graduation Quote

To Nursing School Graduate
Class of 2016 

The "Nightingale Pledge"

I solemnly pledge myself before God 
and in the presence of this assembly, 
to pass my life in purity and 
to practice my profession faithfully. 
I will abstain from whatever is 
deleterious and mischievous,
and will not take or knowingly
administer any harmful drug. 

I will do all in my power to maintain 
and elevate the standard of my profession, 
and will hold in confidence all personal 
matters committed to my keeping 
and all family affairs coming to my 
knowledge in the practice of my calling. 
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid
the physician, in his work,
and devote myself to the welfare 
of those committed to my care. 

Congratulations on Your Graduation


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Law School Graduation Congratulation Message

Congratulation Message for Law School Graduate:

Outstanding Achievement

To Our Son On Your Graduation From Law School

Graduated with honors from
Michigan State University

Graduation Wishes for Law School Graduate


Today, as you begin your law practice,
We want you to know how proud we 
are of you and your success! We pray 
that you are blessed with wisdom 
and insight in all your endeavors, 
that you never sacrifice conscience 
to win a point, and that your 
accomplishments bring you as 
much joy as success.


Sample Graduation Wishes for Son:

Keep on “harnessing it!”

Love Always, Mom & Brady


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Medical School Graduation Message

Upon Your Graduation
From Medical School 

To Our Daughter

To earn the title “Doctor,” 
Is an honor, it is true...
Fruition of a life-long dream,
Achieved by just a few.

It’s a journey that has brought you,
To this time and to this place,
Where you can make a difference
With each challenge that you face.

But, still, the wisdom you acquired,
Each step along the way,
Is not all that defines you,
As you travel through each day

For knowledge in and of itself,
Is only just a part...
The thing that makes you special
Is your kind and gentle heart.

And when a Doctor cares as much,
As you “sincerely” do,
The world becomes a better place,
No doubt, because of you!

You’ve worked hard and sacrificed a lot 
over the past several years ... 
but you’ve made your dreams come true.

As parents, we couldn’t be more proud
to have a daughter like you.

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