Graduation Poems

Graduation Poems

Inspirational Poems for Graduation

Graduation Day is a day to mark a tremendous accomplishment. You could not have come to this day without a lot of hard work. There may have been days when you felt that you could not continue, and yet you did. The moment when you are called up to the stage to receive your diploma, resplendent in your cap and gown, is a moment to savor. You can not lose what has now been given to you. Whether it is a high school, college, graduate, or doctoral diploma, that achievement will be yours forever. Now go on and take on the world!

23 Graduation Poems for Friends and Family

  1. 1. If

    Rudyard Kipling was an English poet who lived from 1865-1936. He also wrote many children's stories. The poem's line, "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same," is written on the wall of the players' entrance at Wimbledon.

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:

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    I was never an avid reader nor appreciated poetry most of my life. My dad sent me this poem for my 28th birthday, printed along with a lovely card. Living many miles away from him I often...

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  3. 2. The Road Not Taken

    This poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963) is probably one of the most famous and celebrated American poems. The poem depicts the agony of a decision making and the rewards of forging your own path. The subject of the poem is faced with a decision of taking the "safe" route that others have taken before or breaking new ground. He says that he took the "road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." He finds that making original and independent choices makes life rewarding.
    The Road Not Taken has four stanzas of five lines. The rhyme scheme is ABAAB.

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could

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  5. 3. What Matters Most

    • By Louis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2017

    I wrote this poem while I was in jail. I missed a lot of things while I was gone, and the one thing that I missed that really gets to me is my daughter's graduation. I've done a lot of soul searching and looking for answers, and what I've come up with is that there is nothing more precious than time. You can't turn it back and you can't start over. I have a lot of guilt, but life is a learning experience, right? So I'm going to turn this into a positive thing.

    Embrace who you are,
    And love like a fool.
    Try not to judge,
    And never be cruel.

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    I was reflecting today about my desire to feel like a Daddy's girl. Here I am, in my mid-fifties now, and I still want to feel like a cherished daughter. As my own (largely...

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  6. 4. Time Flew By So Quickly

    • By Judy
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    Written for my son Jon's high school graduation in 2004.

    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

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    I too was looking for some ideas to put in my oldest daughter's senior dance recital add. I found more than an idea - this poem was everything that I could have possibly wanted to say. Thank...

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  7. 5. Forever Friends

    • By Janilyn B. Rentillo
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2009

    I write this poem for my friends during our graduation day in high school.

    True friends are hard to find,
    but there you are; you came into my life.
    You came to me in a perfect time.
    I'm so happy you're a friend of mine.

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    I absolutely love this poem so much because it says exactly how my ex is now my best friend. He is one of the greatest blessings I've been given.

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  8. 6. Dreams

    This poem was written for my son as he graduated from college and ventured out into the working world. I am so proud of him. He worked hard to get where he's at.

    You're the driver of your destiny,
    Passenger of none,
    In control and looking forward
    Of things that must be done.

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  9. 7. The Best Years

    Time flies even when we aren't paying attention. Family and friends are important to have through the tough times teenagers go through.

    I lie awake in bed
    with thoughts swarming around in my head.
    The memories come flooding in
    of old times with my kin;

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  10. 8. Saying Goodbye

    • By Eriel Armitage
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2010

    I wrote this poem because my fifth grade year has come to an end and it is time for graduation! I will miss my bffs Jewel, Kristi, Chanel, Natteria, Brittany, Wallace, Cassandra, and many more!

    I feel the time is getting close,
    When we will have to part.
    I'll show that I'll miss you
    With last words from my heart.

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    Wish you success in your life. Wish you an adventure in the future.

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  11. 9. Though You Are Grown

    • By Cynthia A. Sieving
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    In the words of the poet "the years would feel like moments after you had grown." The poem portrays the bittersweet experience of watching one's children grow.

    I remember years ago,
    you were so little then.
    Sometimes,
    I can't help but wish

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    I absolutely love this poem. It is just a spot on and every line touches the heart.

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  12. 10. The After

    • By Tyler J. Huggins
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2017

    "What?" - This one word could be the segue for the thought process of almost every high school senior. We as humans like to know the road map in front of us, but sometimes we have to make our own. Those who already have their life planned scripted out miss the excitement of the unknown. For the majority that ponder this unknown: step back, relax, and believe.

    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

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  13. 11. My Time

    • By Casmine
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2011

    I recently just graduated high school, and I realized that it's finally my time to prove to everyone and even myself what I can become.

    This is my time to shine,
    to live a life that is mine.
    This is my time to glow
    and let my true feelings show.

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  14. 12. Paper, Paint, And Crayons

    • By Margaret Alliet
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Watching a child grow up can be nerve wracking, but it is also the time of greatest closeness between parent and child.

    Eighteen years, a thousand fears,
    Yet countless joyful times.
    A tiny baby smiles just once,
    Her Daddy's heart it binds.

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    Congratulations on having raised a model child. This is exactly how I feel about my late daughter, Candice. Make maximum use of every moment you have with yours. The time flies too fast.

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  15. 13. Graduation

    • By Margaret A. Dworek
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2019

    I was a mother and a nurse back years ago. Once my two children were in 4th and 5th grade, I decided to go back to get my BSN degree going part time. It took about 5 years, but I accomplished this back in 1986. At that time, I thought this was a good incentive to inspire my 2 children to do well in school. I figured I was a" role model" for them. I got good grades and graduated with honors. They walked in my footsteps and went on to college also and became successful.

    G is for the Grades that got you here.
    R is for the Recommendations from teaches back there.
    A is for the Attitude you had in class.
    D is for the Determination; your goal was to pass.

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    I was always told that anything can be taken away from you but your education. How true this is! You can lose your mate, your house, your job, your child, your parents...etc. I was always a...

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  16. 14. As You Graduate

    • By Judy
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    Wrote this poem for my youngest son for his high school graduation in 2007.

    Memories flash before us
    As we stop and think of you
    If we could turn back the hands of time
    That's the first thing we would do

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    Wow! I have two sons and they are still home.16 and 10 yrs. Your poem about your son. Graduated highschool and on his way to doing his thing. All those little and wonderful moments. Yes, we...

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  17. 15. A Son Leaves Home

    • By Nicolle Benx
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2014

    Our only son is graduating high school June 2014. We are so very proud of him.

    The time has been too short-
    the memories so dear.

    Our pride for all you have become

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  18. 16. My Sweet Baby Girl

    • By Kristy Brown
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2011

    I wrote this poem for my daughter when she graduated from high school! She is and always will be my best friend!

    I carried a miracle from God up above.
    For nine months I waited to show you my love.
    Twelve hours of labor, my head's in a whirl,
    And finally the Doctor said, "Congrats! It's a girl."

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  19. 17. Daughter's Graduation

    • By Crystal Rosas
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    On the day of her daughter's graduation, her parents let her know how proud they are.

    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.

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  20. 18. High School

    • By Stanasia M. NoHeart
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2016

    This poem is about my experience in high school and high school in general. It shows how fast it flies by. It was written for the class of 2016.

    Walking in a senior's territory,
    Hoping not to get lost on the first day.
    Scared of all the rumors of being shoved in lockers,
    Or trying to find new friends along the way.

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  21. 19. Who Will You Be?

    • By Laila M. Beard
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2017

    I had to write a poem for the 8th grade graduation, so I decided to do it about succeeding because a lot of people don't even try at all.

    Who will you be?
    Will you pass?
    Can you succeed?

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  22. 20. Graduation

    • By Adam
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2014

    It's my senior year of high school and I am just a few weeks away from graduation. I wrote this to tell my friends so they know even though we may not see each other very much once we leave, they will be missed.

    It has come time for us to take this walk.
    Today will be the last day some of us talk.
    We have been together the last four years.
    Today we will shed these last few tears.

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