Graduation Poems

Graduation poems for preschool to college. Give graduation congratulations and inspiration they'll always remember. This poetry about graduation includes graduation songs and a graduation prayer. 

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

Here’s a rhyming graduation poem you can send to just about any graduate. It's a widely applicable graduation congratulations poem.

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

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Poetry About Graduation

The Graduation Poems page is full of poetry about graduation in the form of rhyming poems, but here's an inspirational graduation poem in free verse.

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

This graduation poem underlines how important education is to success. It's poetry about graduation that tells of a bright future.

Graduation Ticket

You took the time to study;
You're a graduate; that's great!
The work you did was worth it;
It's time to celebrate!

Your degree is just the ticket
For a future of success.
We're glad for you and wish you
Every happiness.

By Joanna Fuchs

Poems about graduation often talk about the future, as this graduation poem does.

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

This graduation poem is for close relatives to give as graduation encouragement words. This heartfelt graduation congratulations poem fits the celebration perfectly.

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 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

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Graduation Congratulations Poems

This graduation poem is poetry about graduation to inspire and encourage the graduate. It's a graduation congratulation poem that could accompany 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

Poetry for graduation can tell of the graduate's bright future. Graduation congratulations poems like this one help give the graduate confidence.

One Chance

You only have one life, one chance;
We know you’ll do it right.
You’ll master life’s delightful dance;
Your future looks happy and bright.

Your graduation shows that you
Have brains and persistence, too.
Congratulations; best wishes for
Success in all you do.

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation poems can be written for a specific group of graduates. This poem about graduation is for the standout graduate.

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

This graduation congratulations poem is an inspirational graduation poem in just a few lines of poetry about 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

Poetry on graduation should acknowledge the work the graduate did. This graduation congratulations poem acknowledges the effort that went into achieving graduation.

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

Poems for graduation can use humor. This funny graduation poem acknowledges that going out into the world after school is exciting, but also daunting. This is a poem about graduation to which every graduate can relate! 

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

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Graduation Invitation Poem

Many are looking for graduation invitation poems. Here is a graduation invitation poem in rhyme.

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

Graduation Thank You Poem

two graduates in medium blue robes and caps for poem graduation

Here's a graduation thank you poem for all those graduation gifts. This graduation thank you poem is all-purpose.

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

Inspirational Graduation Poems

This inspirational graduation poem gives a simple plan for a good life. This poetry for graduation will help them make sense out of the transition.

This Is Your Life

Be aware of your blessings, Graduate.
Your degree proves you are
smart and diligent,
but you've hardly begun
to tap all your potential.

The adventure called LIFE begins now.
Get out of bed, get dressed, and get going.
Have a plan, but be ready and willing to adapt.
Persistence in a winning,
although changing, direction
will bring success.

Always show kindness and compassion;
that person who needs it could be you.
Finally, be happy in this moment;
this moment is your life.

By Joanna Fuchs

Inspirational graduation poems are always welcome in poetry about graduation. This graduation poem has uplifting words for graduation.

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

This inspirational graduation poem in free verse leads graduates from where they are to where they want to go. Poems for graduation can lift them up as they go into a new place.

Keep On

Graduation is a successful ending
and an exciting beginning.
If you keep on learning,
keep on dreaming,
keep on doing,
you'll travel toward your goals
until you get there.
Keep up the good work.
You can do it!

By Joanna Fuchs

Poems for graduation have different kinds of sentiments. This inspirational graduation poem in free verse contains graduation encouragement words.  

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

College Graduation Poems

A graduation congratulations poem for older graduates, this college graduation poem is uplifting poetry about graduation.

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

High School Graduation Poems

Today's high school graduates deserve poetry on graduation that builds their confidence, like this free verse high school graduation poem does.

Just Keep Going 

High school graduation
is a bigger achievement than ever before.
With so many giving up,
you are a winner who finishes.
Your diploma marks not an ending,
but the exciting beginning
of the rest of your dreams.
Just keep going;
you’ll get there. 

By Joanna Fuchs

Inspirational graduation poems can reflect the challenge of separating from friends. Here's a high school graduation poem about friendship. This poetry about graduation could 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

Preschool Graduation Poems
Kindergarten Graduation Poems

Graduation poems are not just for older kids. This kindergarten graduation poem centers on the next school the graduate will attend. This could also be a preschool graduation poem.

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 verse, 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 is a graduation congratulations poem that center on parents' pride in the little graduate's accomplishment. It could also be a preschool graduation poem.

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

High School Graduation Songs

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I’ve set my poetry about graduation to the lovely and easy-to-sing melody of "Morning Has Broken" to make it into a high school graduation song with lyric.

The melody to "Morning Has Broken" 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, you can sing the melody a cappella, or your music department can create an arrangement, or you can seek permission to use a copyrighted arrangement you find.

These graduation encouragement words are likely to prompt some tears.

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

Here's another high school graduation song.  The melody is 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." This lyric is an inspirational graduation poem. It could also function as a graduation goodbye song.

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

Preschool Or Kindergarten Graduation Song

And here’s a graduation poem  that could be a preschool graduation song or a kindergarten graduation song. This graduation poem is set to 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

More Poems About Graduation

Graduation poems can help graduates look inward to find the right path forward, as these graduation encouragement words do.

Foolproof Success

Dear Graduate,
You’ve done it!
You’ve gotten tangible proof
of your effort and intelligence
in your degree.

Now take a good look within yourself
to discover all your potential.
For foolproof success,
aim your strengths at compatible goals.

We can’t wait to see
what you will succeed at next!

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 uplifting poetry about graduation.

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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