It’s graduation season; the time of year when high school and college seniors move their tassels from right to left on their mortar-board caps and head off in a new direction.
High school grads may continue on to college or trade school. Or, like college grads (most now with graduate degrees), they may enter the work force in civilian and military occupations.
In their honor, I have rounded up a few quotes regarding graduates that offer a lot of good, sound advice.
• “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
• “We don't stop going to school when we graduate.” – Carol Burnett
• “Being considerate of others will take your children farther in life than any college degree.” – Marian Wright Edelman
• “In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: ‘We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.’” –Jimmy Carter
• “Remember, half the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their class.” – Al McGuire
• “Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
• “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
• “I have learned this at least by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dream, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau
• “One can never consent to creep when one feels the compulsion to soar.” — Helen Keller
• “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” — Henry Dyke
• “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.” — B. Trudeau
• “Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.” — David Lloyd George
• “It is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock.” — Woody Allen
• “Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider the gifts you have been given, the difference you have made and the direction in which you are headed.” — Author Unknown
• “Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues.” — Author Unknown
• “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.” — Author Unknown
• “All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.” — Author Unknown
• “To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.” — A. Milne
• “The future lies before you like a field of driven snow, Be careful how you tread it, For every step will show.” — Author Unknown
• “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs