Let the Graduation Card Write Itself With These Heartfelt Ideas for Graduates

Jamie Ballard, Selena Barrientos
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Graduation is one of the most important times in a person's life. Whether it's junior high school, high school, college or beyond, it's hard to put into words what an accomplishment graduating can be. That is why we've put together a list of graduation messages and wishes that will work wonderfully for any card you're giving a graduate. We have funny ideas, short quotes and plently words of wisdom for the student who is moving on to their next step in life — whether that person is your daughter, son, cousin or parent.

If you're wondering what to write in a graduation card for the class of 2021, remember that a simply congratulations is just fine, but considering the unprecedented times we're in, give your graduate a little more to help them on their journey. Oh, and feel free to also use these as a caption for your graduation Instagram.

Congratulation Wishes

  • "Caps off to you, graduate!"

  • "Congratulations! This is only just the beginning. You’re a star in the making!”

  • "Congratulations on your big day! Know without a doubt that you were made for great things."

  • "Congratulations! We are so proud of you."

  • "Congrats, you did it!"

  • "This calls for celebrating! Congratulations!"

  • "What an impressive achievement!"

  • "Wishing you all the best on your graduation day."

  • "Good luck on your new beginnings!"

Notes of Encouragement

  • “You’re on your way to seek new vistas, dream new dreams, embark on who you are. Remember to embrace life with passion and keep reaching for the stars.”

  • “The road ahead will have its share of obstacles, but you’re incredibly ambitious and strong to overcome anything that comes your way.”

  • “Chasing a dream requires hard work, passion, and many sacrifices. We can’t wait to see you accomplish everything your heart desires.”

  • “Nothing can stop you now. Your next adventure awaits, and we’re excited to see where it leads you.”

  • “Today is only the first of many amazing moments and I know life has many more in store for you.”

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Offerings of Wisdom

  • "Never stop growing, exploring, learning, and challenging yourself.”

  • "School may be over, but life’s lessons are yet to be learnt. Keep an open heart and mind. Happy graduation!"

  • "The journey of life brings both challenges and chances. May you snatch the chances and beat the challenges. Congratulations on graduating."

  • "Graduation isn’t the end of a tough journey. It is the beginning of a beautiful one. Start each day believing in yourself and watch the magic happen."

  • "Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. And, before you quit, try."

  • "Be bold, be courageous, be your best."

  • "Graduation isn’t the end of a tough journey. It is the beginning of a beautiful one."

Expressions of Nostalgia

  • “From when you were little to this very day, you continue giving us reasons to hold our heads up in pride. Congratulations on your achievement!”

  • “It seems like just yesterday you were just starting school and now, you’re receiving your diploma. It’s been a joy to watch you grow and achieve so much these past four years."

  • “It's true what they say, time flies, but I'm glad we've created incredible memories together that I'll cherish forever. Congratulations, graduate!”

  • “I closed my eyes for but a moment and suddenly you stood where my baby used to be. I may not carry you now in my arms, but I will always carry you in my heart. Congratulations on this special achievement.”

  • “Know what makes your graduation extra special? It’s having watched you grow up, sharing amazing memories with you, and knowing all the challenges you’ve worked through to get to this day. You did it, kid.”

Famous Quotes

  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau

  • “Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” —Michael Josephson

  • “Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.” —Neil Gaiman

  • “Go forth and set the world on fire.” —St. Ignatius Loyola

  • “There is no excuse to wait a day to do what you want to do and to change the way that you want to change." —Sophia Bush

  • "Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You've got to take risks." —Denzel Washington

  • "You don't have a job? Get one. Any job! Don't sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Do something until you can do something else."—Shonda Rhimes

  • "Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead." —Nora Ephron

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