Almost everyone has heard at least one or two graduation speeches in their lifetime. Often your memories of graduation speeches are those of hoping it will all soon be over so you can get your diploma and go on with your life. But there are some graduation speeches that many hope will go on. The reason is that they have quotes that really stick with those who hear them and draw them in.
In this article we are going to take a look at a few of the best graduation quotes in speeches. These are quotes that will not only make you nod your head or smile, but also may have a few words to live by.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss
Why is this quote so important? For starters it's Dr. Seuss. How amazing would it be to be a student who read Dr. Seuss as a child and hear him offer words of wisdom for the rest of your life? But also, these are words of truth!
"While you may have a diploma now, at the end of the work day it's what you have done, not what you know that you will be judged by." – Anonymous
This is a reminder of humility that is often very important for new workers. Often as graduates enter the workforce, they have a larger ego than they should. They are of the impression that they are at the 'top of their class' and have a new diploma or degree. Rarely do they think about the fact that all of those around them also have a diploma or degree as well as more work experience than they do. It is sometime good for them to remember that now that they are out of school, those grades don't matter. They have to prove their worth and 'make the grade' every day.
"It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts" - Millard Fuller
Another lesson in humility comes from this quote. This one is a great reminder that those who graduated from the top of the Ivy League and those who went through the budget option at a state college still have the same degree. It comes down to proving your 'level' in the world through your work, not where you came from.
"There is a good reason they call these ceremonies commencement exercises. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning" - Orrin Hatch
Often when they get to the point of graduation, graduates breathe a sigh of relief. They are rejoicing because they are done with the hard work it took to get to this point. While that may be true, that does not mean the work is over. It is vital that graduates remember that there is a whole new world of work ahead. That work will also likely be longer and may be harder than the work they've done to date. This is one of those graduation quotes that can remind one of that fact.
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out." -Art Linkletter
This graduation quote is one that everyone should listen to. It's about your mentality going into anything in life. Whether a good or bad situation confronts you, it's how you deal with it that counts. Those who have a positive mentality can have extra positive moments and even bad moments will not be as bad as they could be, because they'll see the bright side.
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