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Friday Five: Words of Wisdom, Quotes for Graduates

Jordan Catapano

Friday Five: Words of Wisdom for GraduatesGraduating students often exhibit a charming mix of nervousness and excitement. While they are uncertain as to what exactly the future may hold, they feel refreshed at the thought of growing up and moving on.

Teachers admittedly blush with a similar excitement at seeing the students they’ve cared for so long ready to spread their wings. They spent so long admonishing them, directing them, teaching them, caring for them, and advising them – what’s left to tell students? What can a teacher leave their graduating students with that will make a lasting impression?

Here are some of the best quotes for graduates that your students may benefit from; some final reminders that extend beyond mere academic value. After you're done reading, make sure you check out TeachHUB's 20 Inspiring Quotes for Graduates - the list will help you come up with the perfect note to jot down in all the cards and  yearbooks you'll be signing.

“It’s not about the content, it’s about the skills you’ve learned.” Students may not need to remember the specific details of each book they’ve read, but they certainly need to remember how to analyze a piece of communication. They may not need to recall every formula they devoted to memory in math class, but they do need to be able to think critically and logically.

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“Good decisions come from good knowledge. And good knowledge comes from good learning.” If anything, students should have learned how to learn. If they want to be successful, they need to know how to acquire the information they need to reach their goals.

Character is just as important as knowledge.” While schools have worked rigorously to endow students with a priceless set of academic skills, students’ success depends just as much on what type of person they are. Kind, forgiving, rational, patient, caring, communicative, moral, responsible students are the ones most likely to lead enriching lives.

“True learning is life long.” A little cliché, but essential for students to understand. At some point, they need to take the reins of their education and pursue the passions, interests, and necessities that will empower them throughout their life.

“Take advantage of your relationships.” As students steadily transition from children to adults, they need to forge strong bonds with the professionals around them. Instead of looking at adults as merely “parents” or “teachers,” they need to begin seeing them as peers who have invaluable advice, experience, and perspectives that can serve to put them in a better position for success.

Finally, the best words of wisdom you can share with your graduates: a story from the heart. What have you personally learned since you were their age? There are times when I have wished I received a certain bit of advice at a much younger age. While I can’t relive my past, I can try to provide students with that cherished bit of information while they are still young enough to apply it. Think about what is important to you and share it with students.

What do you think? What words of wisdom do you share with graduates? Leave your replies in the comments section, below.