Best Quotes About Graduating

An interesting thing happened in 1989, right as I was graduating: the stock market crashed and really changed the landscape of the art world in New York. It made the kind of work I was doing interesting to galleries that wouldn't have normally been interested in it. -Matthew Barney

After graduating in the summer of 1980, I knew I wanted my life to count. -Donna Rice

The impetus behind going to graduate school was a year after graduating from college spent in Dallas working at the dog food factory and Bank America and not having met success in my chosen field, which at that point was being an actress. -Beth Henley

Since 1994, unemployment rates are lower. Median household income is higher. A greater percentage of Americans are graduating from college. Home ownership rates are higher. And the violent crime rate has decreased. -Cliff Stearns

Asian countries produce eight times as many engineering bachelors as the United States, and the number of U.S. students graduating at the masters and PhD levels in these areas is declining. -Mark Kennedy

After graduating in engineering I went to the University of Kansas to get an MA in economics as a vehicle for allowing me to decide if I wanted to continue in economics. -Vernon L. Smith

After graduating in 1973 I went into the programming field. -W. Richard Stevens

I believe in myself as I look forward to graduating from Hamilton Heights High School in 1991. -Ryan White

I love the music, I love the times, so to me that was exciting personally just to play something that starts in 1986 with graduating high school, we've got a great soundtrack in the pilot. -Will Estes

It was the beginning of film for television. So we had all of these great opportunities. Northwestern was probably the only major film school of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important. -Richard Donner

Every year, I am reminded of the kids who aren't in the freshman class and aren't graduating. I remember every single one of them. That is the worst of times for me, to see the future snuffed out. -Donna Shalala

I grew up in Michigan, in a very small town, Centreville. In my graduating class, I had like 92 people. -Verne Troyer

You know what they call the fellow who finishes last in his medical school graduating class? They call him 'Doctor.' -Abe Lemons

After graduating from flares and platforms in the early 1970s, I started drama school wearing a pair of khaki dungarees with one of my Dad's Army shirts, accessorised by a cat's basket doubling as a handbag. Very Lady Gaga. -Jenny Eclair

There was a point in the late '90s where all the graduating M.B.A.'s wanted to start companies in Silicon Valley, and for the most part they were not actually qualified to do it. -Marc Andreessen

You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that's wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that's worse. This is a day. -Andy Samberg

I went to a public high school that had a very small graduating class of 156 students. I lived a relatively normal childhood until I turned probably around 16. Things started to take off career-wise. -Jesse McCartney

About two-thirds of bachelor's degree holders borrow to go to school, and on average they're graduating with more than $26,000 in debt. -Arne Duncan

I've met graduating college kids facing loan payments and a bad economy, and they are worried that they won't be able to get a job. This is not the way America needs to be. -Mitt Romney

After graduating from college I worked at a variety of jobs, from banking to politics. I enjoyed whatever I was doing at the time but I didn't love my work. -Joe Flanigan

When I came to the CIA in the mid-'90s, our graduating class of case officers was unbelievably low. Now, after years of rebuilding, our training programs and putting our best efforts to recruit the most talented men and women, we are graduating more clandestine officers than at any time in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency. -George Tenet

I'm actually graduating early. I got a lot of work done already. Being home schooled, I have had a lot of tutors help me. -Miley Cyrus

I'm not retiring. I am graduating. Today is my graduation day. Retirement means that you'll just go ahead and live on your laurels and surf all day in Oceanside. It ain't going to happen. -Junior Seau

Community colleges need to be upgraded. We got to have training for real jobs. We've got a lot of jobs that are going unfilled because we don't have the technology in the heads of graduating college students to deal with them. -Emanuel Cleaver

My high school wasn't a big public school; it was tiny. There were 36 girls in my graduating class. We were a big group of girls that by the time senior year came along couldn't wait to get away from school fast enough but we loved each other. It's really fun to see the girls at reunions now. -Cecily von Ziegesar

There were only 75 people in my graduating class at the school I attended in Hannah, S.C. It was a small school and that translated into not a lot of opportunities when it came to music. We had academic and sports programs but we never had a consistent music program. We would have a band one year, and a chorus one year, but nothing ever lasted. -Josh Turner

I grew up as a fifth-generation Jew in the American South, at the confluence of two great storytelling traditions. After graduating from Yale in the 1980s, I moved to Japan. For young adventure seekers like myself, the white-hot Japanese miracle held a similar appeal as Russia in 1920s or Paris in the 1950s. -Bruce Feiler

My 94-year-old grandmother has always been so inspiring to me. She is kind, smart, brave, and independent. After graduating number one in her medical school class at a time when it was extremely rare for women to attend medical school, she worked with the World Health Organization in North Africa to eradicate tuberculosis. -Kelsey Chow

I had a fun high school experience. We had a big old prom, we had 400 kids in the graduating class and everything. It was a fun night. I enjoyed the limo ride there the most. Me and a couple friends riding with their dates, everyone was all dressed up, and I was into it, the energy and the anticipation of that entire experience. -Jonathan Keltz

I don't think anybody in my graduating class would have figured that I would be doing full-on single-camera comedies or sitcoms, or anything like that, but it certainly has been a part of my career. -Brooke Nevin

When I left home after graduating high school, I left as a migrant agricultural worker with a Modern Library edition of Plato in my duffel bag. It sounds kind of crazy, but I loved it. I loved the stuff. Before I knew there was a subject called philosophy, I loved it. -Dallas Willard

Puberty for me was graduating from Thousand Island salad dressing to Caesar salads. It was like going from hot dogs and hamburgers to beef stroganoff, or from ice cream in a cone to creme brulee. -Richard Simmons

I did regret not graduating high school, but I made a point of going back and getting my GED later. It was important for my kids. -Christian Slater

College has been oversold. It has been oversold to students who end up dropping out or graduating with degrees that don't help them very much in the job market. It also has been oversold to the taxpayers, who foot the bill for subsidies that do nothing to encourage innovation and economic growth. -Alex Tabarrok

After graduating, the jobs that I got were TV, so you sort of move to where the jobs are. But I would absolutely go back to theater if the role was right. -Brett Dalton

I definitely think for up and coming filmmakers, people graduating from film school, people that want to do their own movies, horror movies are a great way to go. -Jonathan Levine

I made it to London aged six, an event I recorded in my diary with coloured markers to convey my sense of occasion. And in 1983, after graduating from college, I returned to spend two years at Cambridge University. -Jean Hanff Korelitz

I was made fun of in the Midwest – I was the only Asian in my graduating class of 200. Fortunately, I found my niche, and it was fine. But I wanted to be so white, you wouldn't believe it. I was like, 'I want to be white; I don't want to be this anymore.' But now I embrace it. -Reggie Lee

Students graduating with high debt encounter difficulties in qualifying for home and automobile loans. -Hank Johnson

After graduating college in 2001 with a B. A. in Political Science and Speech Communications from Texas State University – San Marcos, I realized that my generation and those younger had been given no future and had been maliciously robbed of the knowledge of principles and methods necessary for building one. -Kesha Rogers

There is a social stigma attached to ambulance services, mostly because ambulances in India are often used as hearses for carrying the dead rather than transporting patients. We made presentations to graduating students at various healthcare institutes, trying to debunk this myth. -Shaffi Mather

When I went to Paris after graduating high school, I saw a model who was 12 years old without any supervision. That wouldn't happen in the acting world. -Tyra Banks

It's so important to understand your good attendance ups your chances of graduating. -Tyra Banks

Not graduating high school on time leads to fewer chances of attending college and obtaining good paying jobs, and creates instead higher chances of incarceration and unemployment. -Al Sharpton

An education system where student selection is based on credit capacity and not merit capacity and where graduating students are no longer indebted to the nation, but increasingly indebted to the Australian Taxation Office – that's no way to improve the quality of education. -Gough Whitlam

When I was a teenager, just about the only thing I could do right was play music. In my graduating class, I was certainly not voted 'Most Literary Boy.' I can assure you I was not voted 'Mostly Likely to Succeed.' I was voted 'Most Musical Boy.' And the music led to the poetry. -Robert Pinsky

By the time I started high school, I knew I wanted to be a writer. After graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts, I moved to New York City and worked for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. -Cynthia Voigt

Anyone graduating from medical school in 1966 had first to fulfill military service before launching a career. Fiercely opposed to the Vietnam War, I sought to avoid it through an assignment to the Public Health Service. -Harold E. Varmus

I remember, after graduating high school, I got a part in a play with the Washington Shakespeare Festival – a little part. But I remember thinking this would be a great way of making a living… to be an actor. I never really thought I'd make a lot of money at it. -Daniel Stern

In China, people are moving from bigger cars to small hatches, and interestingly, the Indian market is graduating to bigger cars and sedans. I will say that we will not put money only in just one segment. -Winfried Vahland

Being raised as an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Mormons, I became an Eagle scout, and after graduating high school, I went on a full-time church mission to the West Indies for 2 years. -Shay Carl

There have been two periods in my lifetime when the excitement of government and of public issues drew to Washington many of the bright young people graduating from colleges and law schools. These were essentially the Roosevelt and the Kennedy years. -Katharine Graham

It wasn't until I was 18, when I was graduating high school, that I went and bought a guitar on a whim. -Sam Hunt

The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt. -Bernie Sanders

I feel like I was in the last graduating class of commercial actors. -Nate Torrence

My first novel was called 'Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald,' about the difficulties of graduating from college, the longing and mourning you feel when all your promise seems to float away. -Ron Carlson

Grade school, middle school and high school were relatively easy for me, and with little studying, I was an honor student every semester, graduating 5th in my high school class. -Ferid Murad

I had been interested in science from when I was very young, but after a disastrous summer lab experience in which every experiment I tried failed, I decided on graduating from college that I was not cut out to be a scientist. -Martin Chalfie

It's very important with these young people who are graduating and getting married to write thank-you notes. -Letitia Baldrige

I went to Hong Kong in '97 to witness the handover after graduating university, and then I was gonna backpack around Asia and then come back here and look for a job. -Daniel Wu

Eight months after graduating from Ryerson, there I was in West Berlin working with Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie and Kim Novak. -Rory MacLean

I feel like I was in the last graduating class of commercial actors. TiVo! I was out there before TiVo came out, man. -Nate Torrence

When I went back to New Hampshire after graduating from law school, my plan was to go work for a private firm because I had to pay some student loans off and make money and really just be in the private practice of law. Which can be very rewarding. -Kelly Ayotte

After graduating high school, Betty attended the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, the alma mater of both her parents. My mother relocated to New York because she refused to accept the oppressive racism of the Jim Crow south. -Ilyasah Shabazz

I started working in the oilfield upon graduating high school. I was on the service end of it, driving tank trucks for Johnny Geer for a couple years and learning about oil and gas production. I had a whole cadre of mentors. -Harold Hamm

We have lots of students graduating from our high schools, and you import the labor, then we're not giving that opportunity to our own folks. -Gene Green

I went from 250 to, like, 175 in three and a half, four months. And then I ended up graduating with honors. I went from a 2.4 to a 3.06 in a year. It's funny how those two are related. I don't want to say that if you lose weight, you'll get smarter, but… well, it worked for me. -Jay Pharoah

I was educated in the Washington public schools and attended the University of Maryland as a day student, graduating in 1938 with a degree in chemistry. After working for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, for a year, I returned to the University of Maryland to take a Master's degree before going on to Yale to pursue a doctorate. -Raymond Davis, Jr.

I knew that I could sing when I was young. I would listen to a lot of jazz; I'm a big jazz fan. When I first got to high school and studied musical theater, I could sing. But I added certain things to my voice, and I realized after graduating high school that this is the kind of voice I had. It's not very nimble, but it's heavy. -Andra Day

The only thing that matters with my kids are them graduating and playing well, and I try to do my dangedest to get them to play well. -Kirby Smart

In my final year of law school, everything became real. Malaysian TV shows wanted me to perform big concerts. So, after graduating, I decided to go for it. I didn't think I'd be a good lawyer anyway. -Yuna

Among those people not graduating, there might be a Steve Jobs or Barack Obama. We'll never know. -Jamie Dimon

After graduating, I began auditioning for films while continuing to model. I did a few fashion shows, ad shoots, and even got a few Bollywood offers, but nothing great. -Kriti Sanon

After graduating from National School of Drama, I started doing theatre in Delhi. But there was not much money in Hindi theatre. -Nawazuddin Siddiqui

No matter what stage of life you are graduating from or entering, learning how to build and state your case is something every person in the world should know how to do. -Kimberly Guilfoyle

If you're graduating from high school, and you come from a lower income family, you're effectively given two options. One is get a four-year college degree; two is work at a low-wage job, potentially for the rest of your life. We've got to do better on that front. We have to provide more options. -J. D. Vance

When I was graduating from college, the things I valued most were family, faith, and philanthropy. I refer to them as the three f's, phonetically speaking. -Robert Kraft

After graduating college, I was coming out of a routine I'd been in for several years, all the way back to high school. It was a year-round process of constantly having to work and be disciplined, and I was able to understand and connect the dots between all those characteristics – especially hard work and success. -Sam Hunt

After graduating in International Relations in 2011, I turned down safe, corporate job offers and instead accepted a position at an 'incubator' in L.A. – a tech word for a team of people who are funded by investors to create apps. I knew the future was digital and that I had to take a risk. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

My first job after graduating was working with Robert Zemeckis. I got a job a week after graduating and moving to L.A. So I got to work on 'What Lies Beneath' and 'Castaway' as a PA, which is basically like a gopher. -Jeff Baena

Started playing indoor volleyball in 5th grade. Started playing club volleyball when I was 15. Played in high school and at Florida Gulf Coast University. Started playing beach volleyball after graduating from FGCU. -Brooke Sweat

I started Softbank in 1981, a year and a half after I came back from the United States, after graduating from Berkeley. I wanted to start my own company when I came back to Japan. -Masayoshi Son

Education is supposed to be our great equalizer, but when only half of low-income students are enrolling in college and only three tenths are graduating, you have to figure some of our children are getting a greater equalizer than others. -Chris Meledandri

I interned at NBC News and had a great experience there in both New York City and Washington. After graduating, I got an entry-level production job at PBS in Boston. There, I developed the bug for programming and production. -Nancy Dubuc

After graduating college, I finally allowed myself to strive for what I loved to do, even if there were no guarantees that I would be able to make a living off of acting. This, combined with my life experiences prior – like stars aligning – led me to this lovely role of Katana within the DC Comics universe. -Karen Fukuhara

I found out I wanted to be a filmmaker almost by accident after graduating from college in 2005. -Matthew Heineman

After graduating from Brown, I went to law school and became a corporate lawyer in New York City. -Andrew Yang

My high school, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, showed me that anything is possible and that you're never too young to think big. At 15, I worked as a computer programmer at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab. After graduating, I attended Stanford for a degree in economics and computer science. -Clara Shih

I moved to L.A. straight out of graduating my arts high school and worked three jobs to afford living while taking acting classes and auditioning often. -Madelaine Petsch

After graduating, I was shooting as well as working as a key grip, and I often found myself the only female out of the whole crew, except for producers and the occasional AC. -Reed Morano

I wound up graduating from the Los Angeles County School for the Arts as a theatre major and then was honored to be accepted into Carnegie Mellon's Musical Theatre program. -Josh Groban

In 'Sweet Days of Discipline,' the narrator, years after graduating, fortuitously encounters her old friend Frederique at a movie theatre. Frederique invites her home. -Sheila Heti

There's nothing normal about graduating with massive student debt, where you live in fear of predatory debt collectors and wage garnishers even as you are starting to live your life. -Pramila Jayapal

I went to college for fashion and, after graduating, got a job in Operations at Zara, learning the ins and outs so I could one day start my own clothing brand. -Tan France

After graduating college in 2010, I got to work – writing and co-writing all the time, playing and touring in bands, playing for other people's bands, working in coffee shops all over town. -Natalie Prass

I knew early I wanted to follow my father into the military. He did a full 30-year career and retired as a full colonel in the Marines after graduating from Allentown H.S. and later from Cornell University. -James G. Stavridis

After graduating from high school, even though I was working, I didn't have enough money to pay rent, so I stayed with my Nana. -Kane Brown

After graduating from high school, I worked at an advertising agency as a designer. After I left, I spent a year doing nothing in particular. At age 23, I drew my first comic. -Akira Toriyama

Upon graduating from my acting program at The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA, I went to my first tap audition. It was for the 1st national equity tour of '42nd Street.' -Vincent Rodriguez III

There were a hundred people in my graduating class. I wouldn't have changed it for the world. -Carmella

There were a couple of months when I was approaching graduation where I started to think of graduating from college as the afterlife. Because it's this kind of crazy thing that you always know you're going to finish school inevitably, but nobody ever really tells you what happens afterwards. -Maggie Rogers

I just never in my life imagined not graduating college, so I feel like it's kind of my obligation to my parents, almost, to give them a degree in return for everything they've given me. -Josh Rosen

In my family, graduating and getting your bachelor's is just the beginning. It's only expected. You're underachieving if you don't strive for more than that. -Malcolm Brogdon

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