Graduation Card Messages

Looking for those great graduation card messages and sayings for your son, daughter, or friend?

Here’s a huge collection of the top graduation messages, including funny graduation messages, sincere greetings, high school graduation card messages, college, and quotes for inspiration.

If you’re wondering what to write or what to say on a graduation card, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy these graduation card messages.

Best Messages for Graduation

1.) Congratulations on your graduation. All your hard work is over, well, maybe not yet. Good luck!

2.) Imagine the possibilities!

3.) Congratulations! Make sure that you treat your education as a springboard, not a finish line.

4.) Congratulations! Now you can finally start getting paid to work rather than having to pay to do it.

5.) Did you ever think this day would come? We didn’t think so either!

6.) Blessings and prayers on your graduation and for your future.

7.) Now that you’ve completed the goals other people set for you, make sure that you have a list of your own.

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Fun Graduation Card Messages.

Good Graduation Wishes

8.) Congratulations on your graduation, and best wishes for your next adventure!

9.) Remember this day and the sense of pride and accomplishment that you take from it. Use that to move toward your next big goal. Congrats.

10.) We’re proud of your accomplishments and the person you’ve become.

11.) Accomplishing the small things is the first step in achieving greatness – graduating shows that you’re well on your way!

12.) All that hard work for a piece of paper? Congratulations on getting your piece of paper.

13.) Although your graduation may mark the completion of your schooling, don’t ever stop pursuing knowledge. Wishing you all the best on graduation

14.) Anything is possible – all you have to do is believe in yourself. Wishing you all the best in what lies ahead and good luck.

Short Graduation Wishes

15.) Be glad you’re a grad! Congrats!

16.) It looks like you made it!

17.) Great results come from hard work. Well done!

18.) We knew you could do it.

19.) Congrats on your successful graduation.

20.) Just the beginning of success for you. Congrats!

21.) After graduation, one word for you: plastics!

22.) Seize the day, graduate!

23.) Hard work: check! Good grades: check! Make some money: more checks!

24.) One degree = two happy parents! Congrats!

25.) Follow your dreams, and good things will come.

26.) We’re so excited to share the excitement of your graduation. Bravo!

27.) We’re proud of all of your accomplishments. Congratulations graduate!

28.) May your degree unlock many doors for you.

29.) Life is to be lived and explored. Make the most of it, graduate!

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Short and Sweet Sentiments

30.) Hats off to the graduate!

31.) This calls for celebrating! Congratulations!

32.) You did it! Wishing you all the best!

33.) Be Awesome!

34.) You did it. Now it’s time to celebrate!

35.) Congratulations and BRAVO!

36.) Caps off to you, Graduate! Well done!

37.) Happy Graduation Day!

38.) With love and pride today and always!

Graduation Sayings

39.) Congrats, graduate – you did it! But who lied to you that the hard work ends here? It’s only just begun.

40.) Congrats on graduating! I wish you the very best of luck in all your future endeavors. May success always find you.

41.) Congrats, graduate, you have really outdone yourself! Your family and friends wish you nothing but the very best.

42.) Being a graduate doesn’t mean that you know everything – but you are better prepared to learn what life has in store for you.

Tip: Use these graduation card messages as captions for photos on social media, in cards, or in photo books.

For Daughter

43.) We know that the last few years weren’t easy for you. Nothing worth it ever is! ConGRADulations.

44.) We’re all so proud of you. Now that you’ve got your degree, you’ll be buying the beer, right?

45.) We’re proud of you, but it’s more important that you’re proud of yourself. Celebrate your accomplishment.

46.) We’re so happy that you’ve achieved this great milestone – Wishing you great success with your dreams and career.

47.) We’re very proud of you and your success. Your graduation is a tremendous accomplishment.

48.) Graduate Proud (t-shirt message for parents).

For Son

49.) What a great feeling to be on top of the world! It’s time to celebrate your graduation day. This is YOUR day!

50.) What now? That is the question.

51.) When you think about the last four years, you’ll probably remember that your greatest lessons came outside the classroom. It’s a good reminder that learning doesn’t stop just because you got a diploma.

52.) What a proud day! We just couldn’t be happier for you! (parent graduation card messages)

53.) What an impressive achievement!

54.) Wishing you many more successes in the future. Congratulations graduate!

55.) Wishing you the very best on your graduation day and beyond. Congratulations!

56.) Write an essay comparing the value of a diploma versus the value of a good education. That’s your first assignment as a graduate.

Graduation Messages For Niece

57.) You made your aunt and uncle very proud of you today. Congratulations!

58.) Best wishes for your future. Congratulations.

59.) May your dreams always be big and your worries small.

60.) May you always dare to do great things in life.

61.) Cheers to the new graduate – let’s celebrate your success! I’m sending you my best wishes for a successful future.

62.) Growth comes when you’re outside your comfort zone. You’re amazing and we’re sure you’ll continue your amazing successes.

63.) Embrace the warm memories of the past and the promise of a wonderful future.

Graduation Wishes for Nephew

64.) To your well-deserved success.

65.) Keep learning, keep trying, and keep accomplishing.

66.) You did it! You finally graduated. It’s about time.

67.) Although we can’t make it to the graduation ceremony, we figure if you made it through four years on you own, you can do that, too! Congrats!

68.) Be proud of this moment – you deserve it for all the effort and dedication you invested. Congratulations. We are proud of you.

69.) Be proud of yourself. Many people never even start college, and many of those who don’t finish. You did.

70.) You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Embrace the changes in your life. You’ll do great (as always)!

Inspirational Graduation Messages

71.) Here’s hoping that your degree will unlock even more doors to the success you very well deserve. Congratulations!

72.) I wish you all the best for your future. Congratulations, and let’s celebrate that new piece of paper!

73.) I wish you the best as you step ahead toward new challenges in life. Congrats, and may all your other dreams are fulfilled.

74.) If you thought school was tough, you’re right. It’s all a piece of cake from here. Congratulations, and good luck to you.

75.) I’m so very proud of you on your graduation day. Best wishes!

76.) Congrats on your graduation. We bet you feel like you can take on the world, and you can. But remember, we’ll always be here for you.

77.) Congrats on your outstanding achievement. Wishing you all the best for the future and all its challenges and opportunities.

Graduation Card Messages

78.) Job well done! Here’s to your exciting new future and all the happiness that comes with it.

79.) Congratulations graduate! I am confident you will continue to succeed in life. Keep up the good work.

80.) Wishing you the best of luck in the future.

81.) Be yourself, and the world will be a better place.

82.) Kudos for completing this important life step. Remember always to keep climbing the staircase.

83.) A toast to finishing what you started. I hope that you continue to do so for the rest of your life.

84.) Be confident that you’re now fully prepared for what life has in store for you. All the best.

85.) Congratulations on your graduation. Education is the key to unlocking your potential. The diploma helps a little too.

Graduation Card Messages and Quotes

Graduation Card Greetings

86.) Learning every day is the ultimate key to success. Don’t ever stop learning, dreaming, and achieving. Get ‘em, graduate!

87.) Looking back, wasn’t it all worth it? I’m sure you’re nodding your head in agreement – great job!

88.) More wonderful things are in store for you! Congrats!

89.) Is there no limit to your AWESOMENESS?

90.) Many dreams, some try, but only a few achieve. You have achieved! Good luck and happy graduation!

91.) May God continue to bless you and your abilities, graduate.

92.) This wasn’t the first, and it won’t be the last time we get to brag about you.

93.) Shine on, graduate!

94.) We believed. You achieved. Way to go, kiddo!

95.) Graduation = Celebration! Way to go, Grad!

Graduation Wishes and Sayings

96.) Now that you’re a graduate, it’s time to be courageous. Life is full of lessons that will challenge you all along the way.

97.) Now that you’ve graduated, follow your heart and embrace what dreams are important to you. Cherish them. Own them. And pursue them with all of your might.

98.) Now that you’ve graduated, maybe you will be smart enough to figure out how to pay back your student loans.

99.) Now you can pursue your goals knowing that you can accomplish great things. Congratulations!

100.) Success is yours! You did it! Way to go!

101.) Despite losing my bet, congrats on your graduation.

102.) The door to learning was open when you arrived. Now that you’ve graduated, don’t close it behind you.

103.) You da Grad!

104.) The future holds no promises but rather mysteries and surprises. What you’ve learned will prepare you for both. Congratulations, and all the best for the future.

105.) The piece of paper may be about academics, but the experience was a life lesson. Congratulations.

106.) There are few times in life when you’ll put as much work into a single accomplishment as you did for the last four years. Celebrate!

107.) This is a time to celebrate all your achievements, prepare for a future, and embrace world-filled possibilities. All the best.

108.) To a happy ending and a new beginning. Wishing you the best in your new chapter. Congratulations!

109.) Today is your day. Wishing you all the best for what life now has in store for you.

Tip: You can use some of these graduation card messages as photo captions on social media and in photo books.

Proven Winners

110.) You did it! Congrats!

111.) My deepest condolences on the end of your college life.

112.) It seems like just yesterday you were in kindergarten, and just look at you now!

113.) Today proves something we have always known about you. You’re pretty smart!

114.) Today you’re a step closer to your dream and will soon be reaping the fruits of your hard work. Way to go, Bro!

115.) Truly, you are deserving of this success. It’s now time to set newer and higher goals, and don’t stop until you reach the top!

116.) We don’t know how you managed to get your degree with all the partying, drinking, socializing, and extracurricular activities, but we’re glad you did. Congrats.

What to write on a graduation card

Quotes Life, Inspiration, and Motivation work well on graduation cards.

117.) You did it! Now it’s all over, or it’s all beginning depending on which way you look at it.

118.) You entered school with big dreams and aspirations. Now it’s time to get them. Wishing you all the best.

119.) Don’t ever stop learning and achieving.

120.) May all your dreams be fulfilled.

121.) It’s amazing how far one can go with Google and Wikipedia.

122.) The BEST is yet to come.

123.) All of the hard work and lack of sleep have paid off. The reward is ahead.

124.) Silly hat; Serious achievement. Congrats Graduate!

125.) Follow your dreams.

Ideas Graduation Words

126.) When all is said and done, there was a lot more said than done. But congrats – you deserve it.

127.) You’re stronger than you think, smarter than you know, and loved more than you can imagine.

128.) Your graduation merely provides you with a piece of paper. It’s the lessons you’ve learned along the way which will forever guide your life.

129.) Your graduation proves all of your hard work and determination were worth it!

130.) We’re glad you’re a grad!

131.) Cap, tassel, and gown. It’s going down!

132.) Your whole life is ahead of you. Be brave and follow your own dreams. Congratulations on your graduation.

133.) You’re a brilliant [son/daughter/friend] with so much potential and heart—Good Luck in all your endeavors.

134.) You’re a graduate! We’re all really excited for you. You’ve accomplished something worth celebrating!

135.) You’re now about to find out what learning really means. Wishing you all the best on this special day and good luck in the future.

136.) You’ve worked hard, and it’s time now to reap the benefits! Your family and friends wish you nothing but the very best.

137.) You’ve worked so hard and completed your studies. Now the real work beings with you, a new teacher – LIFE!

138.) The tassel’s worth the hassle.

For the best graduation speeches, check out this NPR page.

Quotes for Graduation

139.) There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
C.S. Lewis

140.) An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

141.) Do all the other things, the ambitious things–travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes… but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness.
George Saunders

143.) Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.
Nora Ephron

144.) Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

145.) Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

146.) The old rules are crumbling, and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.
Neil Gaiman

147.) If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
Thomas Jefferson

148.) Be courageous and adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.
Maya Angelou

149.) Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.
Oprah Winfrey

150.) Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

151.) What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

152.) The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.
Mark Twain

153.) Go make your big beautiful dent, and as you do so, come down on the side of boldness
Sue Monk Kidd

154.) Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Congratulations in foreign languages

155.) Chinese: Zhùhè

156.) French: Félicitations

157.) German: Glückwünsche

158.) Hindi: Badhā’ī hō

159.) Italian: Complimenti

160.) Spanish: Felicitaciones

Writing tips for Graduation Cards

A.) Know your audience. Does your graduate enjoy humor? How well do you know the graduate? How familiar can you be with your writing?

B.) Write out your message on scrap paper or the computer first so you can edit. Seldom do great messages come out on the first try. Edit and re-edit again.

C.) Write neatly to make it readable.

D.) Occasions like graduation can call for using an exclamation point or two. But, if you put an exclamation point behind every sentence, they lose their impact.

E.) Personalize your card. If you know where a high school graduate is going on to college, refer. If a high school grad used to babysit for you, remind them how much you and your children enjoyed getting to know them.

F.) You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Identify a message or two that you like from this collection and personalize it.

G.) Who doesn’t like to hear a compliment about themselves?

H.) For ideas on what to write, consider taking a 2-pronged approach: 1.) A look back at how you remember the graduate when you first met them, e.g., throwing newspapers on your paper route., and 2.) A look to the future. Graduation is a time to look forward, and it helps to have lots of optimists around. Paint a picture of future success for the new graduate.

I.) End the message on a high note. Maybe it’s a compliment or a sincere wish. You’ll be great at that, and I wish you the best with your graduation card writing.

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The Graduate

Looking for that perfect message for your daughter’s or son’s graduation? Whatever the case, the Greeting Card Poet has got you covered. We have something for all occasions.

Pick the right message or quote to fit your personality or the recipient’s style. Some might like sincere graduation card messages, while others might enjoy a little levity with funny graduation saying. You be the judge. Use good sense and enjoy the moment!

If you have any suggestions for graduation card messages, please let us know on our Contact page. Thanks.

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.


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