How to write the perfect graduation messages

How to write the perfect graduation message?

When the time comes to congratulate someone for a job well done, how do you even start to express your admiration? When it comes to the important milestone of graduation, how you convey your well-wishes is especially important. You have to set the perfect tone; dignified, yet personal. If you’re stuck wondering how to write a graduation congratulation message, here are a few formats to follow, a few ideas to spark your imagination and get you started.

Looking Back

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, looking back is a beautiful way to honor someone moving forward. For parents, siblings or grandparents of the graduate, this can be an especially meaningful way to mark the milestone of commencement. A handwritten message highlighting a special memory is an honorable way to craft a graduation congratulation message. Consider the following example:

You’ve been reading aloud to your dolls since you were seven, lining them up on your bed to bear witness to ‘Little Women,’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and ‘The Secret Garden.’ It’s remarkably exciting, yet not at all surprising that you’ve now received your degree in education and are headed into the classroom to share with your students the wild excitement that comes from sitting down with a good book. We are so proud of you!

This type of message can be customized to suit any graduate on any step of his or her educational journey.

Surging Forward

Nothing says “adventure ahead” quite like a powerful and meaningful quotation. Consider inspiring the graduate with words from an admired luminary. Quotes make perfect graduation congratulation messages and can always be added onto with a note of your own. Here are three examples from Graduation Wisdom.

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing, but what you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.” -Alan Alda

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.” –J.K. Rowling

“Every story you've ever connected with, every leader you've ever admired, every puny little thing that you've ever accomplished is the result of taking action .–Bradley Withford

Preserving Your Words

We have put together a collection of graduation message examples, inspirational graduation quotes, sincere graduation wishes, and motivational graduation poems for you to use and personalize to your liking.

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