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Graduation Messages, Greetings, and Sayings: What to Write in a Card

Blake started out scribbling in cards over 30 years ago. Though his handwriting is mostly unchanged, the content has improved.

Ideas for what to write in a card to the new graduate in your life.

Ideas for what to write in a card to the new graduate in your life.

Graduation Card Messages

A graduation is a momentous event that deserves a congratulatory message that fits the occasion, but these messages can be difficult to write—especially once you get past the "congratulations" part. It's likely that the graduate will go through his or her cards very quickly, throwing away the majority of them immediately after removing the money enclosed. This may put your mind at ease some.

Use the examples below to help you figure out exactly what to write in your card. Change the message examples to fit you and the graduate, and have some fun with it. Graduation is a fun time, so your message should be fun, too. If you prefer more serious wishes, examples of sincere messages are also provided below. These will work as high school or college graduation wishes.


General Graduation Congratulations Messages

Say congratulations to a new grad with these graduation wishes:

  • Congratulations graduate! We wish you the best of luck in the future.
  • You did it! Now it's all over. Or it's all beginning, depending on how you look at it.
  • You get a piece of paper, but it means so much more than that. I hope you feel proud of your accomplishments.
  • All your hard work is done, you have graduated. Well, maybe all your hard work isn't over just yet. Congratulations and good luck!
  • Education is the key to unlocking your potential. The diploma helps a little, too.
  • Your graduation proves all of your hard work and determination.
  • I hope you continue to be blessed as your abilities continue to grow.
  • I knew you could do it, and I am proud of you.
  • I am confident you will continue to succeed in life. Keep up the good work.
  • You did it: now it's time to celebrate!
  • I wish you many more successes in the future. Congratulations, graduate!
  • You have not only graduated from high school, you have graduated into adulthood. Wishing you the best things in your future to come.
  • Today proves something we have always known about you: you're pretty smart.
  • I am wishing you a great sense of accomplishment as you celebrate your hard work.
  • Success is yours! You did it! Way to go!
  • Continue to learn as a life learner, and you'll graduate life successfully.

Funny Graduation Messages

  • Don't worry! I'm still smarter than you, and you will still get advice from me all the time.
  • Graduation day is the happiest day for a student. It's also the scariest day.
  • I guess I have to stop calling you an idiot now that you've graduated. Don't worry though. I'm smart enough to come up with plenty of other names to call you.
  • Sometimes people who are trying to make a profession out of going to school accidentally graduate. Oops!
  • I had a nightmare last night. I graduated with your major and had to try to get a job.
  • Miracles do happen! You have proven that anything is possible, even if it doesn't seem very likely.
  • Isn't it amazing how far people can go now that Google and Wikipedia are around to help you with your studies?
  • I'm not going to congratulate you because I know the harsh reality that comes after graduation. I offer my sympathy instead.
  • You did it! You finally graduated. It's about time.
  • Now that you've graduated, maybe you're smart enough to figure out how to pay back your student loans.
  • If you thought school was tough, you're right, it's all a piece of cake from here.
  • All that hard work for a piece of paper? Congratulations on getting your piece of paper.
  • I am sure you feel much smarter now that you have graduated. Just last week you weren't a graduate, so you must have gotten much smarter.
  • What now? That is the question.
  • Congratulations on getting your degree. Maybe you will make enough now to pay back your student loans before you die.
  • You get to wear a funny hat. All your hard work has paid off, and the hat is yours. Congratulations.
  • Just think: now you get to add some initials after your name.
  • Write me a 50-page essay analyzing the value of a diploma versus the value of a good education. That's your first assignment as a graduate.
  • I don't know about you, but when I see diplomas, I start imagining dollar signs. Congratulations on getting all that money... I mean, your diploma.

Graduation Sayings/Quotes

You will find many sayings you can use in a graduation card message, but the following are especially cool. Use these sayings to spice up your message in a simple yet meaningful way.

  • "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." –B.F. Skinner
  • "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!" –Andy McIntyre
  • "Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!" –Louisa May Alcott
  • "The important thing is not to stop questioning." –Albert Einstein
  • "The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after." –Newton D. Baker
  • "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." –Nelson Mandela
  • "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." –Aristotle
  • "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." –George Washington Carver
  • "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." –Benjamin Franklin
  • "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." –Sydney J. Harris
  • "A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." –Theodore Roosevelt
  • "Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." –Daniel J. Boorstin
  • "Education is all a matter of building bridges." –Ralph Ellison

Tips for Writing Graduation Card Messages

  • Stay positive. Give the graduate a feeling of hope, even if the job outlook isn't so hot. Don't rain on the parade.
  • Be concise. After opening the 30th graduation card, it is likely that the over-educated graduate will be skimming the messages and plucking out the money and gift cards. Make your point quickly, unless you have something extremely clever or heartfelt to say.
  • Be original. This is a general rule of thumb for any greeting card message. Unfortunately, you are reading this because your originality needs a jumpstart. Never mind, just copy something from the internet.
  • Be careful with the jokes. For example, if you are going to make some joke about how much money it costs to go through school, it's a good idea to put a few bucks in the card. This will make the joke a lot more fun.
  • Include a piece of advice. If you can think of something helpful, a little advice goes a long way. If you need a little inspiration, watch the video below.


Gypsy on April 23, 2019:

One’s flight through life is sustained b the power of knowledge.

Ranjan Sharma on January 28, 2017:

More and more cards should be disbursed so as to encourage all the students.

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Blake Flannery (author) from United States on April 12, 2015:

I appreciate all of you stopping by to use this page of graduation messages. If you need any further help, just let me know. This page could always be improved, so let me know if I need to add anything to it.

Also, if you find that the wishes are just a little too generic, I'll be happy to help you come up with something more specific to write in your card. Make sure you leave me some specific details here in the comments, and I'll get back with you with some ideas!

nkechi on June 22, 2014:

This site is so nice,it gave me an idea of what to write on my niece' graduation card.

paul on February 26, 2014:

thank you

Blake Flannery (author) from United States on May 15, 2013:


If you want to write one of my examples in a card, feel free to do so with a pen. If you are thinking of printing out this page, I suggest bookmarking the page to come back later. I may have updated it with even more great graduation messages and quotes the next time you visit the page.

Virginia Reynolds on May 15, 2013:

I love your quotes. How do I make a copy of them?

PAB on August 11, 2012:

yes, just what I needed to get my head around some words to say to a friends daughter graduating from law school!

Venus on June 03, 2012:

Thank you!!!!very helpful indeed..

Angel May on June 01, 2012:

I love it, very helpful. Thanks! (:

Rhoanne Esler on March 29, 2012:

i love it!

jaide orion on March 22, 2012:

thank you to all..

becky pie on February 14, 2012:

thank u. great help.

Eloy on January 17, 2012:

Thanks! You inspired this simple message for my nephew's graduation card.

Awesome Dude!

Onward and Upward!

kidsinvite on June 13, 2011:

I was so impress! Thanks for this hub!

Junebug on May 24, 2011:

Thanks for the suggestions...I was at a loss for what to write :)

keisha kane on February 11, 2011:

so beautiful

DrewberryMortgage from London on June 20, 2010:

Great Hub, looks like you've covered all the angles here!

Blake Flannery (author) from United States on June 19, 2010:


I am glad that google likes my hub. I tend to click the HP results first if I see on on the first page.

ReuVera from USA on June 19, 2010:

Great! I googled it and came to my community. :)

Thanks! I found what I needed. Also rated up!

graduation messages on June 18, 2010:

Haha,Very nice post,very informative site with nice message.

bladesofgrass from The Fields of Iowa on June 15, 2010:

Great Hub! My oldest just graduated and several of his friends are having "late" grad parties. Think I will use a few of these. Thanks for the ideas. :)

noorin from Canada on June 08, 2010:

Straight to the point and very informative =)

Rosalie on June 07, 2010:

just looking at this has helped me to think of what I wanted to put in my card for my little sister that is graduating from only the eighth grade. I had a mind block and this helped remove it thank you to whoever created such a useful site. It helped me express what I wanted to say after looking at a few Samples

De Greek from UK on April 18, 2010:

Practical and to the point :-)

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 16, 2010:

As much as I love writing I find myself always speechless when facing the task of writing a card! Thank you Blake, very much, for this much needed hub!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 15, 2010:

This is a good hub. I have 2 graduates in the family this year. Thanks

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 14, 2010:

Time to start thinking about this-- good suggestions.

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