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Free graduation poems for all ages. Words for graduation congratulations, messages, sayings, phrases, wishes, sentiments, for cards, letters and notes. General, high school, college, kindergarten, preschool graduation poetry. These graduation verses, songs, and prayer provide the perfect words for graduation congratulation.

The Time You Spent

Classes came,
Classes went;
It's worth a lot,
The time you spent.

Congratulations
Are now due
To the graduate,
Special you!

By Joanna Fuchs

Looking for words for graduation...what to say to that special graduate? This graduation poem should work as a graduation message of congratulation and a happy graduation message as well.

Your Adventure

Now that you've graduated,
Your adventure has begun.
Your schooling has prepared you
For the race life has you run.

We praise you for your efforts,
And send good wishes, too,
For a future filled with happiness,
And your fondest dreams come true.

By Joanna Fuchs

Seven graduates for congratulation graduation

Bright Future

Now that you’ve graduated
Nothing can stop you now.
You’ve worked hard to get your diploma;
It’s time to take a bow.

Congratulations graduate!
Your future looks strong and bright.
May you achieve the things you hope for
And have a life of sheer delight.

By Joanna Fuchs


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Used as words for graduation, these graduation poems can be for specific achievements. College graduation poems are in demand, but rare. Here's a college graduation poem that could go with a graduation gift or as a graduation greeting card wish, a special graduation message.

Awesome Achievement

Your college graduation
Fills us with love and pride.
We always knew that you could do
Whatever you really tried.

It's a long and challenging journey
To get a college degree,
But you wouldn't quit it, you just went and did it,
And we're beaming affectionately.

Your achievement is awesome, (graduate's name);
You've worked hard and you've passed the test.
We love you so, and we want you to know,
We think you're the very best!

By Joanna Fuchs

Looking for graduation message ideas? Do you want to give graduation advice to your honored one? Graduation poetry often has a message, so this graduation poem does that, and you could use it as a greeting card saying. This graduation verse tells the graduate to keep on learning.

Always Be A Student

Keep on learning, (graduate's name),
Though your graduation's done;
Your whole life's an education
That has only just begun.

Your diploma is the first big step,
For knowledge is the special key
To winning what you want in life
And being who you want to be.

If you'll always be a student,
You'll find the secrets to success
And travel on the golden road
To peace and happiness.

By Joanna Fuchs

The Graduation Poems page is full of words for graduation in the form of rhyming poems, so here's some graduation poetry in free verse. It's a graduation wish to treasure, and it could even serve as a graduation note.

Graduation Wish

We wish for you a joy-filled transition
from from the shelter of school
to the wide world
of your accomplishment and success.
We wish for you new, stimulating friendships,
while you cherish old friends,
who provide continuity and comfort.
We wish for you a smooth path
on your journey to your chosen destination,
and as much delight in your off-road adventures
as there is in reaching your goal.
Congratulations, graduate!
May the world embrace you, excite you,
and strengthen you in everything you do.

By Joanna Fuchs

As graduation approaches, a lot of graduation thoughts fill the minds of those involved. Inspirational graduation poems containing encouragement and graduation advice are always welcome as greeting card sayings. This graduation poem has uplifting words for graduation that would be perfect with a graduation gift or card.

If You Believe

Your diploma means a future without boundaries,
A world that's full of energy and fun.
So as you reach for all life has to offer,
Remember that you're second to no one.

Pursue your goals, yet keep your loved ones close,
As you utilize your talent and ambition.
Let your friends and family give you their support,
And you'll master every challenging transition.

And always, (graduate's name), know you can achieve
The things you really want, if you believe.

By Joanna Fuchs

two graduates for poem graduationGraduation poetry is given by relatives, friends and others as a form of graduation congratulations. This graduation poem is for parents or other close relatives to give to the graduate as words for graduation in a greeting card message. This heartfelt graduation verse would fit perfectly on a card or with a graduation gift.

On Wings of Knowledge

There you are in your cap and tassel
Ready to make the world your castle.
It seems just yesterday you were a kid,
Watching everything I/we did.

Now we're watching you graduate--
The grown young man/woman we helped create!
On wings of knowledge you will fly;
Following your vision and rising high.

We couldn't be prouder, (graduate's name), of you;
We wish you success in all you do.
Remember one thing we want you to know:
Our love is with you wherever you go.

By Joanna Fuchs

This funny graduation poem acknowledges that going out into the world after school is exciting, but also daunting. These are words for graduation to which every graduate can relate! Use it as a greeting card verse for graduation congratulation.

Wishing, Hoping, Knowing

Graduation is a time for wishes...
"I wish I knew what to do next!"
Graduation is a time for hopes...
"I hope can do what I hope to do!"
Graduation is a time for knowing...
"I know I’m nervous!"
Whatever you do or don’t do,
you’ll still have the love
of family and friends.
We wish you the best.
We hope you fulfill all your dreams.
We know you will do well
because you have
so many good qualities to work with!
Congratulations Graduate!

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation poems can reflect the challenge of separating from friends. Here's a greeting card message about graduation friendship. This graduation message could also be a graduation goodbye poem.

Graduation Friendship

We’re graduating, and we know
Our lives will be different and new;
We’re going out into the world,
Our goals and dreams to pursue.

But one thing will never, ever change,
As we go our separate ways;
The friends we’ve made in school will be
Our friends for all our days.

The special ties and attachments we’ve made,
These bonds will never be broken;
We’ll continue to feel that special bond,
Though words may not be spoken.

So it’s not "goodbye," but rather "farewell;"
I’ll see you again, my friend.
Your friendship means a lot to me,
And it will never end.

By Joanna Fuchs

The month of June means graduation for many, so here’s a rhyming graduation poem you can send to just about any graduate.

The Prize

You’re graduating;
You worked, you’ve done it!
This important prize,
It’s yours; you’ve won it!

Just keep on
To capture more.
Spread your wings:
You’re going to soar!

By Joanna Fuchs

graduation diploma for congratulations graduationGraduation poems have different kinds of messages, and graduation poetry sometimes offers advice. This inspirational graduation poem in free verse is a graduation verse with some good suggestions. You could use these graduation words of wisdom as a greeting card message, saying or wish, or with a graduation gift. Some people like to send graduation letters or notes instead of a card, and these graduation phrases could be used for those purposes as well.

A New Beginning

As you make a new beginning in your life, graduate,
be aware of important things you didn’t learn in school:

As you pursue your dreams,
remember to take time to help and serve others
even if doing so slows you down a little.
As you explore and develop your unique talents,
remain humble,
realizing that your special abilities
are gifts from God.
As life hands you challenges, welcome them
as ways to become smarter and stronger.
As you acquire material things,
know that your most important possessions
are honesty, integrity,
and the desire to make a difference.
Congratulations, graduate.
May your new path take you where you want to go
and also bring you pleasant surprises!

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation poems can be written for a specific group of graduates. This graduation card verse is designed for the standout graduate, or it could be graduation poetry for any graduate you view as outstanding in any way, as graduation congratulations.

You Stand Out

If every single graduate
Were as special as you are,
The world would be a better place
And everyone a star.

In the real world, though,
You sure stand out
For your extraordinary traits,
Those uncommon things about you
Everyone appreciates.

So congratulations, graduate!
We wish you all the best.
We know as you meet life’s challenges,
You’ll ace each and every test!

By Joanna Fuchs

As words for graduation, general purpose graduation poems are in demand. This graduation poem that applies to all graduates is designed as a greeting card saying. This graduation congratulation would work with a card or with a graduation gift.

The Special Door

It took a lot of work,
Time, and persistence, too,
To achieve the important goal
That you set out to do.

That effort now pays off,
The world now offers more.
To you, new graduate,
It opens a special door.

Congratulations (Name of graduate),
You did it all; you made it through.
You took your first step toward success,
And we're so proud of you!

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation Invitations Wording

Many are looking for graduation invitation poems and sayings. Here is graduation invitation wording in the form of a graduation poem, to invite people to the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Invitation Poem

(Name of graduate) is graduating from (8th grade, high school, college)
Please tell us you’ll be there;
This significant occasion
Is an event we’d like to share.

Please come to this graduation;
To see you is always a pleasure.
Your presence in the audience
Would be something we would treasure!

By Joanna Fuchs


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Graduation Thank You Wording

Here's a graduation thank you poem for all those graduation gifts. This graduation thank you wording is all-purpose; it can be used for all kinds of gifts.

Graduation Thank You Poem

Thank you for the gift you gave
For my (8th grade/high school/college) graduation;
Thank you for acknowledging
This special celebration.

I’m grateful for your thoughtfulness;
I appreciate your present;
Thanks for making this eventful time
More joyful and more pleasant!

By Joanna Fuchs

Kindergarten Graduation Poems
And Preschool Graduation Poems

Graduation poems are not just for older kids. This kindergarten graduation poem centers on the next school the graduate will attend. This graduation message, in a graduation rhyme, will help with the transition.

The Next School

You did great work we're proud to say,
You did it, and you’re on your way.
The next school will be fun for you,
And it's something we know that you can do!

By Karl Fuchs

Graduation poems for tots should be written as simple graduation rhymes. This kindergarten graduation poem, with its simple graduation phrases, could also be a preschool graduation poem.

Work Is Play

Everyone is proud of what you’ve done,
You’ve learned a lot and had some fun.
Now there's more school up ahead,
Just make your work seem like play instead.

And if you play the game that way,
How far you’ll go, no one can say.

By Karl Fuchs

This kindergarten graduation poem has words for graduation that center on parents' pride in the little graduate's accomplishment. It's a graduation rhyme to please everyone.

You've Done Your Job

Now it's time to graduate
You did well, and that is great
You've done your job, and we're so proud,
We want to dance and shout out loud!

By Karl Fuchs

Graduation Songs

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It’s amazing how many people are searching for graduation songs. Graduation poems set to music become graduation day songs, so I’ve set this graduation poem to the lovely and easy-to-sing melody of "Morning Has Broken" to make it into a graduation song with lyric.

"Morning Has Broken," an old hymn you can find in most Protestant hymn books (along with "God Of The Ages," which is set to the same melody), was made into a huge pop hit by Cat Stevens. The melody, which is a traditional Gaelic melody, is in the public domain, BUT, the arrangements of it, that is, the harmony parts and accompaniment, are often copyrighted. If you can’t find an arrangement that isn’t copyrighted, your music department can create an arrangement, or you can seek permission to use a copyrighted arrangement you find.

High school graduation poems, wishes and card sayings can be set to music. This poem about graduation is suitable for a high school graduation song. It's graduation music everyone can enjoy.

Graduation Song

We’re graduating
Into our future,
Anticipating
Only the best.
Spreading our wings now,
We’ll do great things now,
Meet every challenge,
Pass every test.

We’ll overcome what-
ever life hands us,
Use what we learned here
For our success.
We’ll bloom wherever
Our journey lands us,
Reaching our goal of
Sweet happiness.

Friendships unbroken
Are what we made here;
Though words aren’t spoken,
Feelings are strong.
Memories we treasure
Tie us together,
Recalling pleasure
All our lives long.

We’re thankful for our
Good education;
Our school and teachers
Are second to none.
We'd like to give them
Appreciation;
We learned a lot, and
We thank everyone.

By Joanna Fuchs

There is much, much more demand for graduation songs than there is for graduation poems. But what is a graduation song but graduation poetry set to music? So I wrote a rhyming graduation verse and turned it into this graduation song with lyric appropriate for high school or college. The melody is a traditional American melody in the public domain. A famous hymn lyric was set to this melody, so you can find the music in any Protestant hymnal. Look for the title, "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing."”

We Are Graduating Now

We are graduating now, and
Things are coming to an end.
We appreciate our teachers,
And we’ll never lose a friend.
We will remember what we learned here;
We will remember everything.
And when we are gone from this place,
To our memories we’ll cling.

Education is the best thing
That we ever will possess.
We will use what our school taught us
To achieve our own success.
We are connected to our friends and school;
We are connected to it all.
When we think about our school days,
Only good things we’ll recall.

So goodbye now to our school days,
To the children we once were.
All the things we thought and did here
Will become a pleasant blur.
We say hello now to our future;
We say hello to what will be.
We all have what we all need; our
Education sets us free.

By Joanna Fuchs

And here’s a graduation poem made into a graduation song for preschoolers to the lower elementary grades. It’s set the melody of the song "The Farmer in the Dell." Where it says, "insert grade," put "kinder" (for kindergarten) or "first grade" or whatever applies.

Graduation Song for Young Children

We’re graduating now;
We’re graduating now;
We’re going to a (insert grade) class;
We’re graduating now.

We’ll learn some new things there;
We’ll learn some new things there;
We’re going to have a lot of fun;
We’ll learn some new things there.

We’ll meet and make good friends;
We’ll meet and make good friends;
We’ll like them, and they’ll like us, too;
We’ll meet and make good friends;

Our teacher will be nice;
Our teacher will be nice.
She’ll teach us what we need to know;
Our teacher will be nice.

We’re graduating now;
We’re graduating now;
We’re going to a (insert grade) class;
We’re graduating now.

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation Prayer

There are thousands of searches for graduation prayers, graduation blessings and Christian graduation poems, so I wrote this graduation prayer in the form of a free verse inspirational graduation poem. It is designed to be an uplifting graduation message. It could even be used in a graduation note or letter.

Dear Lord,
Please bless these graduates
as they go out into the world
to make it a better place,
while they pursue their dreams.
Gently guide them, lead them,
show them Your way to success and happiness
through service to others,
as they maximize their own potential.
Fill them with joy when they reach their goals,
strengthen them as they deal with life's obstacles,
and show them that every challenge
is a path to character development.
Give them the intelligence
to make a plan for their futures.
Give them the patience and persistence
to pursue their ambitions.
Most of all, give them caring hearts
to look for ways to help the people they meet
on their life's journey.
Encourage them and lift them up now,
as they spread their wings
into a clear sky of limitless opportunity.
Let each and every graduate here
be wrapped in the warmth of Your infinite love,
and let Your wisdom show them the way
to make the most of their lives.
In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

By Joanna Fuchs

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