Graduation poems for sister

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Sister Poems

Sister Poems

Poems for Sisters

Having a sister in your life can either be a wonderful or terrible experience, depending on your relationship. If you have an older sister and you are a girl, she can often show you how to navigate the way through some of the more difficult areas of growing up. This is also true if you are a boy. Your older sister can help explain to you how to interact with the opposite sex. Younger sisters are a joy as well. They often worship their older siblings and it can be a nice experience to be admired. Relationships with sisters, like any relationship depend on the people involved.

Poems for Big Sisters & Little Sisters

  1. The Importance Of A Sister

    Analysis of Form and Technique


    A sister is someone who loves you from the heart.
    No matter how much you argue, you cannot be drawn apart.
    She is a joy that cannot be taken away.
    Once she enters your life, she is there to stay.

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    I was 9 when I first found out I have a sister. I remember I would dream of knowing her and that someday we would met.

    I used to watch other children play with their sisters and think to...

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  2. My Sister, My Friend

    • By Leann Stiegman
    • Published: February 2006

    To me, you are an angel in disguise.
    Full of intuition, you are intelligent and wise.
    Always giving and helping through good times and bad.
    You are the best friend I've ever had.

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    Mixed emotions, confusion, angered feelings and a lot of questions that will never be answered. What do you do when you find out you have a big sister that you were deprived of growing up? My...

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  3. My Dearest Sister

    • By Aimee Tran
    • Published: December 2010

    Sister, you are a guardian angel in disguise.
    You are perceptive, intelligent, and wise,
    Always helping me through good and bad.
    You are also the greatest friend I've ever had.

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    Sibling relationships have their ups and downs, but by the end of the day all is forgiven. Not yet a year, but I miss my oldest sister every day. I was her caregiver for 6 years. I still...

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  4. Happy Birthday Sister

    God gave me a beautiful gift when he gave me you
    Not only a big sister but a best friend too
    To share times of laughter and memories
    You can’t put a price on precious times like these

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  5. Three Sisters

    • By Francis I. Gillespie
    • Published: February 2006

    We are three sisters.
    Three sisters are we.
    I love each of you,
    And I know you love me.

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    I am the oldest of the 3 of us, and we have not had an easy road. I will be 30 this Aug., Amy will be 29 this Oct., and Chelsea will be 26 in Sep. Our father died in 2001, and not long after...

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  6. My Sister

    What you mean to me
    Is more than I can express.
    You see, I had no sister when I was little
    To call when I was in distress.

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    I know your feelings. I'm adopted too and I'm 50 years old. My adopted parents have passed, and I've been searching for years to see who was out there for me. Found them two months after mom...

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  7. Big Sis, I Love You

    My dear Big Sis, you are the greatest there is
    And amazing in every way.
    I greatly admire and look up to you
    Each and every day.

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    My sister is the world’s best sis. She cares, loves me, and supports me during all good and bad times.

    I love her. Without her, my life is empty, with nothing left to enjoy. I may die, but...

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  8. Sister

    Sister is a gem in the family
    Intelligent and kind to everyone
    Secure and provides our needs
    Teaches us to be good stewards

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  9. Always In My Heart

    • By Tiffany Van Epps
    • Published: February 2006

    It pains me to see you leave,
    But I never forget what I've learned through the years we've gone through.

    It hurts me to know,

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    I love my sister. when I'm sad she makes me glad. When I am alone she is always there. When I can't sleep because I had a nightmare or something, she is there to tell me it's ok, it was just...

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  10. What Is A Sister?

    A sister is someone special to me.
    A sister is someone to fight with.
    A sister is someone to cry with.
    A sister can sometimes understand you better than anyone else can.

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    Who is the person you look up to, and why you admire this person?
    A sister is someone special for me. No matter how many fights, she is the person who understands me better than anyone else....

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Graduation Poems

Graduation poems for preschool to college. Give graduation congratulations and inspiration they'll always remember. This poetry about graduation includes graduation songs and a graduation prayer. 

Always Be A Student

Keep on learning, (graduate's name),
Though your graduation's done;
Your whole life's an education
That has only just begun.

Your diploma is the first big step,
For knowledge is the special key
To winning what you want in life
And being who you want to be.

If you'll always be a student,
You'll find the secrets to success
And travel on the golden road
To peace and happiness.

By Joanna Fuchs

Here’s a rhyming graduation poem you can send to just about any graduate. It's a widely applicable graduation congratulations poem.

The Prize

You’re graduating;
You worked, you’ve done it!
This important prize,
It’s yours; you’ve won it!

Just keep on
To capture more.
Spread your wings:
You’re going to soar!

By Joanna Fuchs

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Poetry About Graduation

The Graduation Poems page is full of poetry about graduation in the form of rhyming poems, but here's an inspirational graduation poem in free verse.

Graduation Wish

We wish for you a joy-filled transition
from from the shelter of school
to the wide world
of your accomplishment and success.
We wish for you new, stimulating friendships,
while you cherish old friends,
who provide continuity and comfort.
We wish for you a smooth path
on your journey to your chosen destination,
and as much delight in your off-road adventures
as there is in reaching your goal.
Congratulations, graduate!
May the world embrace you, excite you,
and strengthen you in everything you do.

By Joanna Fuchs

This graduation poem underlines how important education is to success. It's poetry about graduation that tells of a bright future.

Graduation Ticket

You took the time to study;
You're a graduate; that's great!
The work you did was worth it;
It's time to celebrate!

Your degree is just the ticket
For a future of success.
We're glad for you and wish you
Every happiness.

By Joanna Fuchs

Ship of Life

you are now on the big ship of life.
Know that although you are the captain,
maneuvering the wheel to steer your course,
the weather may be unpredictable.
It’s often be sunny and smooth,
but you may also have  challenging seas,
even storms that show you what you are made of.
Use your education, your natural talents and skills
to chart and navigate the path you want to travel.
Blessings, graduate.
We know you can do it!

By Joanna Fuchs

Poems about graduation often talk about the future, as this graduation poem does.

Your Adventure

Now that you've graduated,
Your adventure has begun.
Your schooling has prepared you
For the race life has you run.

We praise you for your efforts,
And send good wishes, too,
For a future filled with happiness,
And your fondest dreams come true.

By Joanna Fuchs

This graduation poem is for close relatives to give as graduation encouragement words. This heartfelt graduation congratulations poem fits the celebration perfectly.

On Wings of Knowledge

There you are in your cap and tassel
Ready to make the world your castle.
It seems just yesterday you were a kid,
Watching everything we did.

Now we're watching you graduate--
The grown young man/woman we helped create!
On wings of knowledge you will fly;
Following your vision and rising high.

We couldn't be prouder, (graduate's name), of you;
We wish you success in all you do.
Remember one thing we want you to know:
Our love is with you wherever you go.

By Joanna Fuchs

Seven graduates in black robes and tasseled caps for congratulation graduation

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Graduation Congratulations Poems

This graduation poem is poetry about graduation to inspire and encourage the graduate. It's a graduation congratulation poem that could accompany a graduation gift.

The Special Door

It took a lot of work,
Time, and persistence, too,
To achieve the important goal
That you set out to do.

That effort now pays off,
The world now offers more.
To you, new graduate,
It opens a special door.

Congratulations (Name of graduate),
You did it all; you made it through.
You took your first step toward success,
And we're so proud of you!

By Joanna Fuchs

Poetry for graduation can tell of the graduate's bright future. Graduation congratulations poems like this one help give the graduate confidence.

One Chance

You only have one life, one chance;
We know you’ll do it right.
You’ll master life’s delightful dance;
Your future looks happy and bright.

Your graduation shows that you
Have brains and persistence, too.
Congratulations; best wishes for
Success in all you do.

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation poems can be written for a specific group of graduates. This poem about graduation is for the standout graduate.

You Stand Out

If every single graduate
Were as special as you are,
The world would be a better place
And everyone a star.

In the real world, though,
You sure stand out
For your extraordinary traits,
Those uncommon things about you
Everyone appreciates.

So congratulations, graduate!
We wish you all the best.
We know as you meet life’s challenges,
You’ll ace each and every test!

By Joanna Fuchs

This graduation congratulations poem is an inspirational graduation poem in just a few lines of poetry about graduation.

Bright Future

Now that you’ve graduated
Nothing can stop you now.
You’ve worked hard to get your diploma;
It’s time to take a bow.

Congratulations graduate!
Your future looks strong and bright.
May you achieve the things you hope for
And have a life of sheer delight.

By Joanna Fuchs

Poetry on graduation should acknowledge the work the graduate did. This graduation congratulations poem acknowledges the effort that went into achieving graduation.

The Time You Spent

Classes came,
Classes went;
It's worth a lot,
The time you spent.

Are now due
To the graduate,
Special you!

By Joanna Fuchs

Poems for graduation can use humor. This funny graduation poem acknowledges that going out into the world after school is exciting, but also daunting. This is a poem about graduation to which every graduate can relate! 

Wishing, Hoping, Knowing

Graduation is a time for wishes...
"I wish I knew what to do next!"
Graduation is a time for hopes...
"I hope can do what I hope to do!"
Graduation is a time for knowing...
"I know I’m nervous!"
Whatever you do or don’t do,
you’ll still have the love
of family and friends.
We wish you the best.
We hope you fulfill all your dreams.
We know you will do well
because you have
so many good qualities to work with!
Congratulations Graduate!

By Joanna Fuchs

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Graduation Invitation Poem

Many are looking for graduation invitation poems. Here is a graduation invitation poem in rhyme.

Graduation Invitation Poem

(Name of graduate) is graduating from (8th grade, high school, college)
Please tell us you’ll be there;
This significant occasion
Is an event we’d like to share.

Please come to this graduation;
To see you is always a pleasure.
Your presence in the audience
Would be something we would treasure!

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation Thank You Poem

two graduates in medium blue robes and caps for poem graduation

Here's a graduation thank you poem for all those graduation gifts. This graduation thank you poem is all-purpose.

Graduation Thank You Poem

Thank you for the gift you gave
For my (8th grade/high school/college) graduation;
Thank you for acknowledging
This special celebration.

I’m grateful for your thoughtfulness;
I appreciate your present;
Thanks for making this eventful time
More joyful and more pleasant!

By Joanna Fuchs

Inspirational Graduation Poems

This inspirational graduation poem gives a simple plan for a good life. This poetry for graduation will help them make sense out of the transition.

This Is Your Life

Be aware of your blessings, Graduate.
Your degree proves you are
smart and diligent,
but you've hardly begun
to tap all your potential.

The adventure called LIFE begins now.
Get out of bed, get dressed, and get going.
Have a plan, but be ready and willing to adapt.
Persistence in a winning,
although changing, direction
will bring success.

Always show kindness and compassion;
that person who needs it could be you.
Finally, be happy in this moment;
this moment is your life.

By Joanna Fuchs

Inspirational graduation poems are always welcome in poetry about graduation. This graduation poem has uplifting words for graduation.

If You Believe

Your diploma means a future without boundaries,
A world that's full of energy and fun.
So as you reach for all life has to offer,
Remember that you're second to no one.

Pursue your goals, yet keep your loved ones close,
As you utilize your talent and ambition.
Let your friends and family give you their support,
And you'll master every challenging transition.

And always, (graduate's name), know you can achieve
The things you really want, if you believe.

By Joanna Fuchs

This inspirational graduation poem in free verse leads graduates from where they are to where they want to go. Poems for graduation can lift them up as they go into a new place.

Keep On

Graduation is a successful ending
and an exciting beginning.
If you keep on learning,
keep on dreaming,
keep on doing,
you'll travel toward your goals
until you get there.
Keep up the good work.
You can do it!

By Joanna Fuchs

Poems for graduation have different kinds of sentiments. This inspirational graduation poem in free verse contains graduation encouragement words.  

A New Beginning

As you make a new beginning in your life, graduate,
be aware of important things you didn’t learn in school:

As you pursue your dreams,
remember to take time to help and serve others
even if doing so slows you down a little.
As you explore and develop your unique talents,
remain humble,
realizing that your special abilities
are gifts from God.
As life hands you challenges, welcome them
as ways to become smarter and stronger.
As you acquire material things,
know that your most important possessions
are honesty, integrity,
and the desire to make a difference.
Congratulations, graduate.
May your new path take you where you want to go
and also bring you pleasant surprises!

By Joanna Fuchs

College Graduation Poems

A graduation congratulations poem for older graduates, this college graduation poem is uplifting poetry about graduation.

Awesome Achievement

Your college graduation
Fills us with love and pride.
We always knew that you could do
Whatever you really tried.

It's a long and challenging journey
To get a college degree,
But you wouldn't quit it, you just went and did it,
And we're beaming affectionately.

Your achievement is awesome, (graduate's name);
You've worked hard and you've passed the test.
We love you so, and we want you to know,
We think you're the very best!

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation student pondering poem by the ocean.

Stop and Enjoy

As you rush into real life,
remember to stop once in awhile
and just enjoy the moment.

Joanna Fuchs

High School Graduation Poems

Today's high school graduates deserve poetry on graduation that builds their confidence, like this free verse high school graduation poem does.

Just Keep Going 

High school graduation
is a bigger achievement than ever before.
With so many giving up,
you are a winner who finishes.
Your diploma marks not an ending,
but the exciting beginning
of the rest of your dreams.
Just keep going;
you’ll get there. 

By Joanna Fuchs

Inspirational graduation poems can reflect the challenge of separating from friends. Here's a high school graduation poem about friendship. This poetry about graduation could be a graduation goodbye poem.

Graduation Friendship

We’re graduating, and we know
Our lives will be different and new;
We’re going out into the world,
Our goals and dreams to pursue.

But one thing will never, ever change,
As we go our separate ways;
The friends we’ve made in school will be
Our friends for all our days.

The special ties and attachments we’ve made,
These bonds will never be broken;
We’ll continue to feel that special bond,
Though words may not be spoken.

So it’s not "goodbye," but rather "farewell;"
I’ll see you again, my friend.
Your friendship means a lot to me,
And it will never end.

By Joanna Fuchs

Preschool Graduation Poems
Kindergarten Graduation Poems

Graduation poems are not just for older kids. This kindergarten graduation poem centers on the next school the graduate will attend. This could also be a preschool graduation poem.

The Next School

You did great work we're proud to say,
You did it, and you’re on your way.
The next school will be fun for you,
And it's something we know that you can do!

By Karl Fuchs

Graduation poems for tots should be written as simple graduation rhymes. This kindergarten graduation poem, with its simple graduation verse, could also be a preschool graduation poem.

Work Is Play

Everyone is proud of what you’ve done,
You’ve learned a lot and had some fun.
Now there's more school up ahead,
Just make your work seem like play instead.

And if you play the game that way,
How far you’ll go, no one can say.

By Karl Fuchs

This kindergarten graduation poem is a graduation congratulations poem that center on parents' pride in the little graduate's accomplishment. It could also be a preschool graduation poem.

You've Done Your Job

Now it's time to graduate
You did well, and that is great
You've done your job, and we're so proud,
We want to dance and shout out loud!

By Karl Fuchs

Graduation Songs

High School Graduation Songs

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I’ve set my poetry about graduation to the lovely and easy-to-sing melody of "Morning Has Broken" to make it into a high school graduation song with lyric.

The melody to "Morning Has Broken" is in the public domain, BUT, the arrangements of it, that is, the harmony parts and accompaniment, are often copyrighted. If you can’t find an arrangement that isn’t copyrighted, you can sing the melody a cappella, or your music department can create an arrangement, or you can seek permission to use a copyrighted arrangement you find.

These graduation encouragement words are likely to prompt some tears.

Graduation Song

We’re graduating
Into our future,
Only the best.
Spreading our wings now,
We’ll do great things now,
Meet every challenge,
Pass every test.

We’ll overcome what-
ever life hands us,
Use what we learned here
For our success.
We’ll bloom wherever
Our journey lands us,
Reaching our goal of
Sweet happiness.

Friendships unbroken
Are what we made here;
Though words aren’t spoken,
Feelings are strong.
Memories we treasure
Tie us together,
Recalling pleasure
All our lives long.

We’re thankful for our
Good education;
Our school and teachers
Are second to none.
We'd like to give them
We learned a lot, and
We thank everyone.

By Joanna Fuchs

Here's another high school graduation song.  The melody is in the public domain. A famous hymn lyric was set to this melody, so you can find the music in any Protestant hymnal. Look for the title, "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing." This lyric is an inspirational graduation poem. It could also function as a graduation goodbye song.

We Are Graduating Now

We are graduating now, and
Things are coming to an end.
We appreciate our teachers,
And we’ll never lose a friend.
We will remember what we learned here;
We will remember everything.
And when we are gone from this place,
To our memories we’ll cling.

Education is the best thing
That we ever will possess.
We will use what our school taught us
To achieve our own success.
We are connected to our friends and school;
We are connected to it all.
When we think about our school days,
Only good things we’ll recall.

So goodbye now to our school days,
To the children we once were.
All the things we thought and did here
Will become a pleasant blur.
We say hello now to our future;
We say hello to what will be.
We all have what we all need; our
Education sets us free.

By Joanna Fuchs

Preschool Or Kindergarten Graduation Song

And here’s a graduation poem  that could be a preschool graduation song or a kindergarten graduation song. This graduation poem is set to the melody of the song "The Farmer in the Dell." Where it says, "insert grade," put "kinder" (for kindergarten) or "first grade" or whatever applies.

Graduation Song for Young Children

We’re graduating now;
We’re graduating now;
We’re going to a (insert grade) class;
We’re graduating now.

We’ll learn some new things there;
We’ll learn some new things there;
We’re going to have a lot of fun;
We’ll learn some new things there.

We’ll meet and make good friends;
We’ll meet and make good friends;
We’ll like them, and they’ll like us, too;
We’ll meet and make good friends;

Our teacher will be nice;
Our teacher will be nice.
She’ll teach us what we need to know;
Our teacher will be nice.

We’re graduating now;
We’re graduating now;
We’re going to a (insert grade) class;
We’re graduating now.

By Joanna Fuchs

More Poems About Graduation

Graduation poems can help graduates look inward to find the right path forward, as these graduation encouragement words do.

Foolproof Success

Dear Graduate,
You’ve done it!
You’ve gotten tangible proof
of your effort and intelligence
in your degree.

Now take a good look within yourself
to discover all your potential.
For foolproof success,
aim your strengths at compatible goals.

We can’t wait to see
what you will succeed at next!

By Joanna Fuchs

Graduation Prayer

There are thousands of searches for graduation prayers, graduation blessings and Christian graduation poems, so I wrote this graduation prayer in the form of a free verse inspirational graduation poem. It is designed to be uplifting poetry about graduation.

Dear Lord,
Please bless these graduates
as they go out into the world
to make it a better place,
while they pursue their dreams.
Gently guide them, lead them,
show them Your way to success and happiness
through service to others,
as they maximize their own potential.
Fill them with joy when they reach their goals,
strengthen them as they deal with life's obstacles,
and show them that every challenge
is a path to character development.
Give them the intelligence
to make a plan for their futures.
Give them the patience and persistence
to pursue their ambitions.
Most of all, give them caring hearts
to look for ways to help the people they meet
on their life's journey.
Encourage them and lift them up now,
as they spread their wings
into a clear sky of limitless opportunity.
Let each and every graduate here
be wrapped in the warmth of Your infinite love,
and let Your wisdom show them the way
to make the most of their lives.
In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

By Joanna Fuchs

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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!

Graduation Poems for Friends and Family

  1. If

    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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  2. The Road Not Taken


    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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    This is my favorite poem. I first read it in high school. Throughout my life I think I have stood at a crossroad many times. Sometimes I made the right decision and sometimes I did not. But...

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  3. Time Flew By So Quickly


    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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  4. Dreams

    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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  5. The After

    • By Tyler J. Huggins
    • Published: May 2017

    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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    I like this poem a lot. It reflects the things I am worried about and what I am trying to help my boyfriend get through because he is about to walk across that stage, and this poem is very...

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  6. Graduation

    • By Margaret A. Dworek
    • Published: April 2019

    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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  7. What Matters Most


    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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  8. A Letter For My Son

    • By Kelly
    • Published: May 2009


    I remember taking you to kindergarten on the first day of school. We walked into the classroom and you just stood there, shy at first but then the teacher came over and introduced you to the others kids and you went off to play. I watched you for a few minutes to see how you would do and then you came up to me and said "Momma, you can leave now" and I just laughed and said "OK". I hugged you and said "I love you and that I'll be back soon to get you" and you said "OK, I love you too" and then went back to playing. I hated to leave you there but I knew you had to go. I really thought you would be crying like I seen some of the other kids doing, but you didn't. I was the one crying. I thought about you the whole time you were gone, just wondering what you were doing. When I came to get you, you were so excited and before you got in the car you were telling me all about your day. Your eyes were so bright and you were just filled with so much information, I swear you didn't stop talking until we got back into the house.

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Poems for Graduation

On graduation day, friends and family often turn to poetry to express what they would like to pass on to the next generation—a few lines of guidance, a gesture toward possibility. The familiar standards include Robert Frost’s "The Road Not Taken," Langston Hughes's "Dreams," and Rudyard Kipling’s "If—.” Contemporary poets, too have offered many strange, funny, and lovely alternatives to these well-known verses, addressing not only the excitement and beauty of graduation, but also the prospect of changes and new beginnings.

Popular Classic Poems to Read at Graduation

“Life” by Charlotte Brontë
Life, believe, is not a dream …

“Beyond the Years” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Beyond the years the answer lies …

“The Choir Invisible” by George Eliot
O May I join the choir invisible …

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me …

“The Graduate Leaving College” by George Moses Horton
What summons do I hear?

“A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tell me not, in mournful numbers …

“from Morituri Salutamus” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams ...

“Up-Hill” by Christina Rossetti
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?

“As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world’s a stage]” by William Shakespeare
All the world’s a stage …

“Live Blindly and Upon the Hour” by Trumbull Stickney
Live blindly and upon the hour …

“There was a child went forth” by Walt Whitman
There was a child went forth every day ...

“To You” by Walt Whitman
Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams …

“My Heart Leaps Up” by William Wordsworth
My heart leaps up when I behold …

“Be Drunk” by Charles Baudelaire
You have to be always drunk …

“It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar Guest
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done …

“If—” by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you …

“Knows How To Forget! (433)” by Emily Dickinson
Knows how to forget! / But could It teach it?

"from Oracles for Youth” by Caroline Gilman
Directions // Let some one hold the book, and …

“See it Through” by Edgar Guest
When you're up against a trouble, / Meet it squarely, face to face; …

“Aspiration” by Henrietta Cordelia Ray
We climb the slopes of life with throbbing heart …

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Graduation Poems & Readings, Celebrate Graduation Day!

You will find a selection of graduation poems at Poem4Today.

Graduation poems are an excellent way of voicing your congratulations on this special day in the life of someone you love - for a special daughter or son, or simply in friendship.

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A celebration...

A time for looking back on lessons learned,
adventures shared, bright moments filled
with special meaning.

A farewell...

A time to say goodbye to old friends,
to good times you've known... a time for
packing away memories, treasures for tomorrow

A beginning...

A time for looking forward, a time to set new goals,
to dream new dreams, to try your wings and see what lies beyond

Graduation Prayer, The Lord Will Lead You

Now that you're celebrating
Your graduation day,
Your whole life is ahead of you,
And the Lord will lead the way.

Just trust in Him to guide you
In His divine and perfect will.
If you'll pray and read His Holy Word,
His plan you will fulfill.

Whatever happens in your life,
On the Lord you can depend.
There's nothing you can't handle
With Jesus as your best friend.

Congratulations, and may the Lord bless you always!

~ Joanna Fuchs

Christian Graduation Prayer

Dear Lord,
Today I bring this young graduate
before You asking You to keep Your
hand of protection upon her.

Please guide her steps in the days
ahead as she embarks on this new
journey before her. Grant her
wisdom to make wise decisions
according to Your will.

May the road before her be paved
with joyous opportunities that
bring honor and glory to You.

In the precious name of Jesus
I pray.

Graduation Poem, Dream Big

If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference
To embark on something worth doing
It is now.

Not for any grand cause, necessarily –
But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is worth your aspiration
Something that is your dream.

You owe it to yourself
To make your days count.
Have fun.  Dig deep. Stretch.

Dream big.

Know, though,
That things worth doing
Seldom come easy,
There will be times when you want to
Turn around
Pack it up and call it quits
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself
And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.


Because with an idea,
Determination and the right tools,
You can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect
And let your heart guide you.


Believe in the incredible power
Of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference
Of working hard

Of laughing and hoping
Of lasting friends
Of all the things that will cross your path

Next year

The start of something new
Brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible
There is only one you
And you will pass this way but once.

Do it right.

Graduation Poem, Dare to Believe

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

~ Author Unknown

Graduation Poem, Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable
Be frank and honest anyway.

People favor underdogs but will follow only top dogs.
Fight for some underdogs anyway.

People may need help, but may attack you if you help them.
Help people anyway.

What you spend your years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

~ Author Unknown

Be True To You

As you set out on life’s road
unsure of the path you’ll go,
the most important thing you can do
is to always be true to “you”

Always remember who you are
in moments of struggle or fear.
Never forget or give up on
the hopes and dreams you hold dear

There will be setbacks and rejection
and moments of failure too,
but you must overcome any frustration
to achieve the potential of you.

Don’t forget to smile, or laugh,
or to live in the present;
no matter where life takes you
make every memory pleasant.

As you travel along your journey,
know that you’re never alone
and I’ll always be here for you
should you need the comfort of home.

On Your Graduation Day

In your life there will be many a milestone
On which you will look back when the years have flown.
And of all those major moments, I think it's fair to say
That one of the most special is your Graduation Day.

As one era ends, you watch a new one start;
An adventure in which you are about to take part.
Let courage and joy conquer any fear or doubt;
Let hope light the path on which you're setting out.

At those times when you need guidance, as all of us do,
Look to family and friends, always there to counsel you.
And if a choice does not turn out quite as you planned,
Never be ashamed to seek a helping hand.

Despite the challenges with which your journey may be fraught,
Stay true to yourself and the values you've been taught.
And be mindful that no matter the things you may possess,
The good you do for others is the true gauge of success.


Let No One Steal Your Dreams

Let no one steal your dreams
Let no one tear apart
The burning of ambition
That fires the drive inside your heart.

Let no one steal your dreams
Let no one tell you that you can't
Let no one hold you back
Let no one tell you that you won't.

Set your sights and keep them fixed
Set your sights on high
Let no one steal your dreams
Your only limit is the sky.

Let no one steal your dreams
Follow your heart
Follow your soul
For only when you follow them
Will you truly feel whole.

Set your sights and keep them fixed
Set your sights on high
Let no one steal your dreams
Your only limit is the sky.

~ Paul Cookson

Four Things

Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his record true:
To think without confusion clearly;
To love his fellow men sincerely;
To act from honest motives purely;
To trust in God and Heaven securely.

~ Henry Van Dyke


SATs don't measure sports
SATs don't measure art,
SATs don't measure music.
Or the kindness in your heart.

SATs don't see your beauty,
SATs don't know your worth,
SATs don't see the reasons,
You were put upon this earth.

SATs don't see your magic,
How you make others smile,
SATs don't time how quickly,
You can run a mile.

SATs don't hear your laughter,
Or see you've come this far,
SATs are just a tiny glimpse,
Of who you really are.

So sitting at your table,
With a pencil and your test,
Remember SATs aren't who you are,
Remember you're the best!

~ Louise Regan

Graduation Quotes

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. ~ William Arthur Ward

You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!. ~ Dr Seuss

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Graduation Poem

There are two of them !!. My heart was beating at a breakneck pace. Yes, for all eight years of my life together, I constantly noticed admiring glances of men who. Looked at my wife.

Now discussing:

I've never fucked a girl down the throat so easily. Member slid like a knife in oil. Yeah, how good. Don't stop. - I whispered.

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