7 Graduation Poems

Graduations are a wonderful time in a young person's life and there are many ways to share your congratulations. Encourage and inspire the new graduate with a poem - it is one way to share words of congratulations and to recognize the graduate's achievement.

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  1. A Great New Chapter
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    I love to write poems for all occasions
    And this is no exception.
    A graduation of this magnitude
    Deserves an even better reception!

    Let's party like this season,
    Of your life has now ended.
    On to a great new chapter,
    One that will be splendid.

    So pick up your glass and make a toast,
    May your dreams all come true.
    Never let the battles win even
    Though life sometimes feels like a zoo!

    You are stronger than you'll ever think,
    Don't ever let yourself forget.
    Lead yourself to the next great thing,
    And stay in a positive mindset.



  2. It's Your Time To Shine
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    Do your very best,
    In everything you do,
    So when it comes time,
    You can choose whatever you want to.

    This next chapter of your life,
    Will be an exciting one.
    Do your very best,
    To enjoy all the fun.

    When things don't go your way,
    And you don't know what to do.
    Do your very best,
    Remember you are you!

    Congratulations,
    It's your time to shine.
    Wish you all the best in your endeavours,
    May your future be filled with sunshine.



  3. Congrats
    Poet: C. A. Lynch

    Congrats on this, your graduation day
    We are so proud of you in every way.
    We celebrate you and give you a cheer
    You have worked hard to get here!

    Your future is now before you
    And we wish you success in all you do
    Be sure that you never forget
    Your learning is not over yet.

    Life is one big classroom
    One where you will continue to bloom
    Keep learning each and every day
    And success will follow you.



  4. This famous poem was written in 1927 but contains wisdom for life that will serve the new graduate well.
  5. Desiderata
    Poet: Max Ehrmann

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.



  6. Another famous poem that offers words for life for the graduate.
  7. If
    Poet: Rudyard Kipling

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, dont deal in lies,
    Or, being hated, dont give way to hating,
    And yet dont look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream -and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think -and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth youve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
    And stoop and build em up with worn out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds worth of distance run
    Yours is the Earth and everything thats in it,
    And - which is more - youll be a Man [Woman], my son [daughter]!



  8. Wise words for the new graduate!
  9. Learn To Live
    Poet: Bayard Taylor

    Learn to live and live to learn,
    Ignorance like a fire doth burn,
    Little tasks make large return.

    In thy labors patient be,
    Afterward released and free,
    Nature will be bright to thee.

    Toil, when willng, groweth less;
    "Always play" may seem to bless,
    Yet the end is weariness.

    Live to learn and learn to live,
    Only this content can give;
    Reckless joys are fugitive!



  10. A short poem but words every graduate should remember as they start the next chapter of life.
  11. Action
    Poet: Kate Louise Wheeler

    Action is the golden key
    That unlocks doors to set us free;
    Thro which the trusting heart that sings
    Shall find its way to better things.


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