Graduation Quotes For All Your Grad Photo Captions

by Kaitlyn Wylde
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Not to date myself too much, but when I was graduating, the only song lyrics options I had for posting on MySpace was that old Vitamin C song "Graduation (Friends Forever)." You know how it goes: "As we go on/ we remember/ all the times we had together/ as our lives change/ from whatever/ we will still be friends forever." Sorry, not sorry — I hope it's stuck in your head all day now too. Anyway, I digress: kids these days have way more options. Not only are there tons of quotes about graduation to put in captions, but also kids these days are pretty deep. They wouldn't flinch before quoting a great literary icon or folk songstress in a photo caption. That whole concept of academic things being uncool has totally imploded. Being smart is actually really in. Caring about education is the coolest, and being philosophical and deep is totally the new brand of the graduating classes of millennials.

So because they can handle it, and because I wish I had a second chance to go back in time and make more interesting song quotes to accompany my graduation photo albums, here some cool quotes for the class of 2017:

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." — Steve Jobs

"No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." — Lupita Nyong'o

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” — Albert Einstein

"You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it." — John Updike

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." — Henry David Thoreau

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." — E.E. Cummings

"Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

"Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do." — Oprah Winfrey

“Kid, you’ll move mountains.” — Dr. Seuss

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"The way to predict the future is to create it." — Abraham Lincoln

"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." — Aristotle

"There is no substitute for hard work." — Thomas Edison