Columbia University Graduation
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A good graduation quote captures the gravity and excitement of this very special time in the life of a student.  From the time of the founding of the great universities of antiquity, countless students have passed through the most rigorous of academic proving grounds and earned their degrees. Whether at the high school level, college and university, or post-graduate studies, they have lived up to their potential.

Each student commenced her or his studies wide eyed and full of optimism, imbued with a desire to contribute to the advancement of their respective societies.

Through hard work, dedication, and a yearning to broaden their perspectives, these young men and women have earned their place alongside the great scholars of the ages.  

The day of their commencement is not just a day to celebrate the achievements of the newly minted graduates, but a day also to honor the loved ones, friends and family who provided moral support and encouragement along the way.

We at My Word Wizard salute the achievements of these men and women of all ages, and wish them the very best in their chosen paths.

This short collection of quotes and sayings celebrating this milestone in the education journey will provide wisdom and inspiration.


Graduation Caps

If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you. 

~Author Unknown

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. 

~Possibly Benjamin Franklin

Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues. 

~Author Unknown

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. 

~Albert Einstein

A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep. 

~W.H. Auden

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.

~ Anatole France

Education is the best provision for old age.

~ Aristotle

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.  

~ Tom Brokaw

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.  

~ B.F.  Skinner

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~ Nelson Mandela

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

~ Milton Berle

Congratulations! Today is your day
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.

And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

~ Dr. Seuss

Columbia Alumni                                                                          Graduation Day, Columbia University (1913)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. 
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

If you will it, it is no dream. 

~ Theodor Herzl

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises'. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.

~  Orrin Hatch

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.

~ Newton D. Baker

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.

~ Winston Churchill

Success is a lot like a bright, white tuxedo. You feel terrific when you get it, but then you’re desperately afraid of getting it dirty, of spoiling it in any way.

~ Conan

Sayings compiled by Alan Loren

*From various sources

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