23 Graduation Poems

Graduation is an exciting time in a person’s life. Friends and family gather to congratulate you on finishing your studies. It can be hard to express your feelings during this special day, so we compiled some of the best graduation poems to help you share your happiness for someone who just graduated or even for yourself. Enjoy your moment!

Graduation Poems


1. Football Uniform

By: Rhonda J. Becker 


I remember watching you out upon the field.

In the Seventh grade, you were with a helmet as your shield.

The uniform just hung upon your skinny frame.

The number on the jersey was your only name.


I washed and soaked those football pants time and time again.

I often said a little prayer for our team’s little men.

I hung the jersey out to dry with hopes of victory.

Watching how you were growing now for the entire world to see.


You grew in size physically, as well as character too.

I realized how the time has passed and the years they just flew.

For as I wash your uniform after this game that is your last,

I hope and pray you remember the lessons from seasons past.


Winning is very glorifying and is definitely the most fun.

Sometimes, however, you did everything there was to be done.

Yet the score didn’t’t reflect the hard work and preparation the team put in.

And you had to support each other with compassion without the win.


I stand here proudly staring at your number upon this shirt.

I am wishing for more days that it would be filled with dirt.

My mind will hold forever the picture of my son.

Waiting for his name to be called and on the field he’d run.


My little skinny boy has now become a man.

In life he will go now and do the best he can.

Football has taught him, teamwork and unity.

God, I pray, You help him become the best that he can be.


2. Class Reunion

By: Joel Bjorling 


Here it is, the class reunion,

Has it been so many years?

I forgot where I put my football jersey,

But I’ll remember after a couple beers.


There are pictures, yearbooks,

And “do you remember when,

It’s a mix of lies and memories,

But it’s great to be eighteen again.


Time’s been good to you,

Give or take a few pounds,

Ain’t it true, there are aches and pains,

But I can still do the town,

Hair is gray, way too thin,

Yet you’ve still got that laugh,

Are those pictures of your grandkids?

Look! She is cuddling a giraffe.


There are those who have passed,

I still remember them;

One built houses, one fixed hair,

One had serious problems,

They were part of us,

Like birds, they have flown,

But take heart

They have found their way home.


The years have been long,

Yet tonight is 1970,

And we shout,

Look out, world, I’m ready,

Many places, many dreams,

Many hopes have crossed our way,

Let’s raise a toast to us

On this class reunion day.


3. Time Flew By So Quickly

By: Judy


We can’t begin to tell you

Just how loved you are

We can’t believe how time has flown

And how you’ve come so far


Forgive us when we stop and stare

And tears fall from our eyes

Time flew by so quickly

Sure took us by surprise


We asked you to stay little

To always be our baby

You said, I’ll try to if I can,

but, I’ll have to grow up maybe.


Now here you stand before us

A respectful, honest man

Strong willed and determined

Who always says, I can.


We flip though all your notes and cards

And pictures that you drew

Recall your quips and humor

Unique, dear son, that’s you.


There are no doubts within our minds

That you’ll indeed succeed

Your future holds so much in store

But ‘that smile’ is all you need


You’ve always been so gentle,

So loving, kind and giving

Having you as our son, Jon

Is another term for living.


No matter where life leads you

No matter what you do

We’ll always be your biggest fans

And we’ll be here for you.


4. Dreams

By: Kym Erickson


You’re the driver of your destiny,

Passenger of none,

In control and looking forward

Of things that must be done.


You’re the captain of your ship,

Destination unknown,

Plans to help you get there

And freedom to bring you home.


You’re the pilot of your airplane;

Fly as high as you can.

Life is what you make it,

So follow your plan.


Hopes and dreams not yet reached,

Motivation on display.

A journey full of ups and downs,

Experience gained each day.


Direction is always forward,

Backwards remains the same.

Discover your authentic self,

And have a willingness to change.


Enhance each quality given.

Develop talents you were blessed.

Transform your heart into one of gold,

And believe in more than yourself.


Mistakes are made, we move on.

We get back on our feet.

I’m here to support you always

Should you ever need me.


For every start there is a finish.

For every beginning there is an end.

Hold onto your accomplishments,

And even tighter to your friends.


5. Today Is The Day

By: Azsuradee Rancel 


Today is the day

When we have to say goodbye

To our friends and the important ones who came into our lives

Please don’t be sad

Please don’t cry

Our paths will cross again and you’ll still be in our lives

Now i know we will be 9th graders next year 

And fall is yet to come

But for now well never forget you

And the roles you played

And the things you’ve done

Today is our day

When we walk across the stage

Well be remembered as great leaders and inspire the younger ones age

Now is the time

Our journey is over

So now say goodbye 

And we would like to say goodbye to our mentors

Graduation Poems

6. The After

By: Tyler J. Huggins


The mind panics as you mount the stage

Over the future of your coming age.

What to be? What to do?

As life’s questions seek to bombard you

Till the shackles of a sunless sky

Cloud the path on which you always rely.


But then you remember what you did achieve

And the power of letting go to believe.

Crushing the chains of that dark confine

To illuminate a road of endless sunshine

And feel the diploma placed in your hand.

Dropping all worries like pennies in the sand

With a trust that things will be all right,

Like holding someone close on a starry night.

So that as your senior year comes to a close

You will always


Embrace tomorrow.


7. What Matters Most

By: Louis 


Embrace who you are,

And love like a fool.

Try not to judge,

And never be cruel.

Hold your head high,

And never look back,

Give all you can,

And never hold back.

Laugh like a clown,

And cry like the rain.

Remember with the price of peace

There sometimes comes pain.

Always care for your family 

Because too soon they’re gone.

Forgive and forget,

And try to live on.

Face all your fears,

And try to be brave.

If you remember love is the answer, 

Then you’ll always be saved.

Don’t compare yourself to others,

Or you’ll always be vain.

Remember you’re one of God’s flowers,

And none of them plain.

You’re the light in my life

And the love in my heart.

I knew you were special from the very first start.

When I first held you close,

And I whispered your name,

I knew that my life would never be the same.

I love you, my girl,

From the very first day,

And a team of wild horses couldn’t drag me away,

So remember these words on your special day,

And daddy’s girl you’ll always stay. 


8. Daughter’s Graduation

By: Crystal Rosas


While looking up at the stars and moon,

We realize that you grew up too soon.

We remember the day you were born,

And now look at you all big and grown.

We remember your first day of school,

You were too scared to break a rule.

You made us proud throughout 6th grade,

We told you that there was no reason to be afraid.

In junior high, you gave us a hard time,

But we stuck by you through dark and shine.

While in high school, you had your fun,

From the security guards you would run.

After a while you settled down,

You met a guy that showed you not to frown.

Today you made us proud,

Class of 2004 shouts the crowd.

Many doors open for you today,

We realize that you are going the right way.

You made us proud throughout the years,

As we think about it, we burst in tears.

Truly, no words can explain what we feel.

Just know that what we just said is real.


Graduation Poems

9. Paper, Paint, And Crayons

By: Margaret Alliet


Eighteen years, a thousand fears,

Yet countless joyful times.

A tiny baby smiles just once,

Her daddy’s heart it binds.


A toddler cries with tearful eyes,

That only mom can dry.

The little girl so cute in pink

Decides what clothes she’ll try.


Her favorite pastime soon becomes

All paper, paint, and crayons.

Some years go by, she’s growing fast,

No longer holds our hands.


She struggles some along the way,

We hope she feels our love.

The strength she needs takes all she has,

She’s all we’re thinking of.


The sun breaks through, she finds her way,

The clouds begin to clear.

And every day that passes now,

Each one we hold so dear.


She’ll leave us soon to spread her wings,

A dream or two to find.

We know her life’s forever bound

To these roots she leaves behind.


We hope she knows how proud we are,

How deep our love resides.

How much we’ve learned along the way,

Seeing through our child’s eyes.


The paper, paint, and crayons

Through graduation years,

Will always be our most precious ones,

Despite the thousand fears.


10. True Greatness 

By: A. C. Shaw 


The cap, the gown, the robe, the crown, 

The titles of today,

Like mist before the morning sun, 

Will surely pass away. 


Conceal your learning while you may, 

Nor list to emulation, 

Let others seek the road to fame, 

Strive not for reputation. 


The hill is long and hard to climb 

That leads you to success,

True greatness, after all, is just 

A test of usefulness. 

Graduation Poems

11. Believing in You 

By: Catherine Pulsifer


Never stop believing in yourself. 

When others doubt, don’t you. 

Do what you love to do, 

No one knows better than you. 


Life is too short to live others’ dreams 

Follow your own dream 

Push yourself to reach your goals 

And live the life you once dreamed. 


Trust your instincts. 

Be true to yourself. 

You know what is right for you. 

Never give up or give in. 


Forget the words, I don’t know how. 

You can learn, 

You can research, 

You can do. 


Your mind is powerful. 

When you believe you can. 

You will find a way 

You won’t waste a day. 


Persist and persevere 

Do not fear 

Because if you believe in you 

You will find dreams can come true. 


May all your dreams turn into goals, 

Believe in yourself. 

And remember, all of life is a choice. 

The decision is up to you. 


Believe in yourself, dare to be 

Whatever you want to be.


12. Always Be 



Be understanding to your enemies.

Be loyal to your friends. 

Be strong enough to face the world each day.

Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone. 



Be generous to those who need your help.

Be frugal with that you need yourself. 

Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.

Be smart enough to continue learning. 



Be willing to share your joys.

Be willing to share the sorrows of others. 

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.

Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty. 



Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.

Be last to criticize a colleague who fails. 

Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble.

Be sure of your final destination, by setting your goals along the way. 


Above all, always be yourself. 


13. Succeed 

By: Julie Hebert


Congrats, bravo, you did it.

Now on to the next chapter of your life.

It won’t be all cherries and roses,

But keep thinking positive and work through that strife.


Each time we move on to something different,

We sometimes hold our expectations high,

Try not to be disappointed but see all the good,

So you will be strong and we can watch you fly.


Graduation is an amazing thing.

You stuck with it and showed you can.

Many people are excited and impressed,

Can’t forget how you made me a fan.


I wish you all the best in your future,

May it be everything you want and need.

I see great things to come your way,

You have what it takes to succeed.

Graduation Poems

14. As You Grew 

By: Catherine Pulsifer and Byron Pulsifer 


As you grew, no matter what happened we looked at the sunny side of life. 

As you leave, take with you the wisdom to focus on the good in life. 


As you grew, we helped you avoid unnecessary worry. 

As you leave, remember that 90% of what you worry about never happens. 


As you grew, we encouraged you to be open and direct. 

As you leave, never lose your honesty with those whom you speak. 


As you grew, we helped you find solutions. 

As you leave, always remember there is a solution to every problem. 


As you grew, we encouraged individual thought and action. 

As you leave, continue to be independent and persevere when faced with life’s challenges. 


As you grew, we reinforced the value of family & friends. 

As you leave, always make time for family and friends. 


As you grew, we shared many happy times. 

As you leave, always take time to laugh every day. 


As you grew, we taught you values, right from wrong. 

As you leave, always stay true to your own values, don’t be influenced by others. 


As you grew, we taught you to set goals and take action. 

As you leave, may all your dreams turn into goals. 


As you grew, we emphasized money is not happiness. 

As you leave, always cherish the simple things in life! 


As you grew, we encouraged you to live each day, 

As you leave, take with you the thought that each day you are given is a present.


15. You Have Excelled 

By: Catherine Pulsifer 


Your schooling, you have done so well

You are now graduating, you have excelled.

We are so proud of you

And we wish you success in all you do.


Now you venture on the journey of life

There will be ups and downs and some strife

But always look forward, do your best

Find the good, it will eliminate the stress.


Success is found by those who do

Don’t let anyone stop you from being you.

A positive attitude you do display

It will help you on your way.


Congratulations on your success

We wish you love and happiness.

Graduation Poems

16. Don’t Drift 

By: Robert Whitaker 


Live for something, have a purpose,

And that purpose keep in view;

Drifting like a helmless vessel,

Thou canst ne’er to life be true.


Half the wrecks that strew life’s ocean,

If some star had been their guide,

Might have now been riding safely,

But they drifted with the tide. 


17. The Few 


The easy roads are crowded, 

And the level roads are jammed,

The pleasant little rivers 

With the drifting folks are crammed.


But off yonder where it’s rocky, 

Where you get a better view, 

You will find the ranks are thinning 

And the travelers are few.


Where the going’s smooth and pleasant 

You will always find the throng,

For the many, mores the pity,

Seem to like to drift along.


But the steps that call for courage, 

And the task that’s hard to do,

In the end results in glory 

For the never-wavering few. 


18. Graduation Day 

By: Joseph T. Renaldi


Graduation day is the climax of a dream.

A parental dream that began when a child is born, 

And their hope come true it would seem, 

A triumph held after periods of forlorn, 

A feeling of pride and euphoria years away

For a daughter or son graduation Day.


It is a peak of success for the graduate, 

Not only for the graduate but parents too.

A joyful event after many years they had to wait, 

Realizing the glorious thrill of a dream come true, 

A genuine smile accompanied by a deep sigh, 

Often a handkerchief in hand as the class goes by.


Graduation is a deserving, hard earned goal

With mortarboard and gown as foretold, 

A gratifying service of the mind and soul

In a simple and beautiful sheepskin told

That the graduate fulfilled the educational rule. 

At last, for the mother and father, a dream come true.

Graduation day.

Graduation Poems

19. Graduation 

By: Jim Norausky


Finished contemplating

Cap list tassle proud


Are you kidding me

No employment found

Humor me is this real

Not what i expected

Education will get you ahead 

Unemployment lines instead

No resources only family

And government i’m sick

Luxury, the first thing i can do without

That means catfood with no cat

While titans of industry

Continue to get fat

Lucky am I

No house no foreclosure

Only a second hand trailor

On the edge of town.

I am very sad


20. Memories Of Graduation Day 

By: Joseph T. Renaldi


The heart leads back to graduation day, 

to speakers addressing the graduates below, 

to tales, excitement and joy shared.

and the face of proud parents set aglow.


A day when a graduate maybe a bit uneasy

and can’t tolerate the end of an era anymore.

But, oh the merriment tucked inside

Sweet memories of educational success and more.


A day when graduates have a flickering hope

and on their face they warmly portray 

peace to the heart, an inner glow.

and faith to enlighten the unknown way.


The heart leads back to struggles conquered, 

making commencement such a memorable day.

Remembering the tears and convulsive sobs

The pleasantries of school days will forever stay. 


21. No Better Place For Graduation

By: Rita Hawkins


Happy graduation day, 

And what better nation is there than America for graduation, 

Let’s celebrate in any and every way.


Mom has the cake, 

Lisa is two and wondering what wish you’ll make, 

This is a great day, and thank God it is not fake, 

Although I wish that I could taste the snowflake that isn’t here, 

We will need a designated driver, 

Because today is one day to drink at least a beer.


Today is a day to have no fear, 

If I believed in hunting I would eat some deer.

I wish Marla could be here, 

She was taken at a young age, 

I wish Ladonna could be here, 

She is one reason to race for every cure.


I am not going to look in the mirror, 

That would give me an image looking back, 

And I am never going to look back, that is a fact.


22. High School Graduation

By: Rose Ann V. Shawiak


Sun setting before us, blazing gently against our eyes, 

multitudes sitting, awaiting their son’s and daughter’s



Excitement seeps between people, permeating the atmosphere, 

quiet murmuring floating about the evening sky.


Down below us, folding chairs timidly standing upright on

the grass, waiting emptily for the teenagers who will soon

pass another milestone in their lives.


High school band, sitting quietly, bouncing notes and tunes

about their heads.


Creeping silently into view, red and white caps and gowns

grow below us, pride sits silently in our eyes, soon to flow 

in the form of joyous tears.


Faculty filing in, taking their seats of ready achievement, 

as silence filters through the crowd, allowing the speaker

his voice of congratulations.


Watching the procession file in with their caps circling 

their heads, looking up and out, clouds can be seen circling

the heavens also.


As the sun continues to set on the far horizon, our son’s 

and daughter’s lives are also setting on their futures, 

gratuitous clapping for faculty and band quickly over, thank 



Hopes and dreams, tender and innocent fill the air as graduates 

speak words, not knowing they are only beginnings of volumes

yet to come.


Forever young, the theme tonight, holds a thread which wishes

to stay forever, yet tomorrow will be forgotten.


Not on purpose is it ever done, age and years just seem to cover

over the dreams of the young.


Painted colors in the sky mix and blend, beginning to match

the colors of the caps and gowns worn below us on the football



Voices ringing loudly, singing the Alma Mater to all, as 

darkness swells and curls around us sitting in the bleachers, 

yet lights shine down, reflecting on the graduating class.


The lives of many children wait breathlessly on edges of their futures, clinging ever so slightly to their pasts.


Musical words blast their way to our hearts, maybe a crumb or

note or two may remain for all ages, our future sons and

daughters remaining in our minds forever young.


Happiness fills the graduates as they receive their diplomas, 

glee stands out for all of us to hear and see.


Riotous applause surrounds the sky as each diploma is handed

to a student, graduation being almost completed.


Mechanics of this graduation are over as the tassels are put

from left to right on every student’s cap. 


23. Jenny’s Graduation

By: Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


You will march today to mark the end

of your midnight candles before books, 

notes, bulk of papers and reminders; 

marking, too, the end of restless nights 

while facing practical tests and final exams. 


Today you will march together 

to be watched by great crowd of parents, 

relatives and friends; today you will

receive your diploma of your hope and labor.


And today I watch you with great pride

and delight as your mother, looking at you 

as a new registered nurse, who passed

your studies with incredible flying colors. 


Congratulations, dear child.

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