Seeking Scriptures and suitable sentiments for special graduates?
As the traditional academic year comes to a close, schools hold celebratory commencement ceremonies. Parents proudly applaud for their beaming graduates, who are marking their memories and stepping into their bright futures. Graduation parties fill our calendars, as we scour greeting card stores for graduation cards, notes and gifts to recognize the academic achievements of those we love.
From kindergarten to college and beyond, graduates are honored for their hard work and academic achievements. How can we make our graduation cards and letters more memorable? What can we include, to make our graduation salutations more special? How about selecting a Bible verse or two to fit the proud graduation occasion?
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Choosing personalized passages (Bible verses) from the Word of God is a super way to make a graduation greeting card or commencement gift unique and meaningful. You may already have a few favorite Bible verses that have particular meaning for your favorite graduate. Consider these 10 graduation-appropriate Scriptures. (Scripture reference links have been included, so you can easily find these Bible verses in an online Bible.)
The Bible offers plenty of promises that suit graduates well.
Here are 10 memorable and meaningful Bible verses for graduates, arranged in biblical order.
1. A graduation benediction
“God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.” (Numbers 6:24-26, MSG)
God told Moses to instruct Aaron and his sons to speak this benediction (or blessing) over the children of Israel. This wonderful Bible passage and prayer is also appropriate for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies. Invoking the blessing of the Lord over graduating seniors, particularly by quoting Bible verses, is the greatest gift one can offer them.
2. On graduation courage
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid, and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, TLB)
As an old man (120 years old), Moses admonished the people of Israel this way. Moses knew his final days were numbered, and the Israelites would soon enter the Promised Land without him. The patriarch’s words are appropriate for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies, because these Bible verses encourage young adults to stand strong and to be bold in the face of challenge. As this year’s crop of graduates embarks on a new stage of life, they may be exhorted by these Bible verses to greater faith in the Lord, who accompanies those who trust Him fully.
The Apostle Paul made a similar statement in his New Testament letter to the Roman church: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV)
Graduation offers a unique teachable moment, when Bible verses may be quoted and young people may be urged to stand strong in their faith in God.
3. For graduation strength
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”(Joshua 1:9, KJV)
After Moses’ death, the Lord spoke directly to Joshus, son of Nun, appointing him to leadership of His people. This biblical declaration is truly fitting for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies. Graduating seniors will soon encounter many important life changes and decisions. Courage and strength will be required of them, and this Bible verse may encourage graduates greatly.
4. On graduation integrity
“Trust the LORD and live right! The land will be yours, and you will be safe. Do what the LORD wants, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” ( Psalm 37:3-4, CEV)
King David, the Psalmist, penned these words to bring strength to those facing opposition and persecution from wrongdoers. Graduates may find these Bible verses particularly applicable, as they enter higher education or the workforce. The world can be a difficult place for people of integrity, and enthusiastic young adults may become frustrated. These Bible verses can be highlights of graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies, while offering a firm foundation for graduates’ futures.
5. Of graduation learning
“Your word is like a lamp that shows me the way. It is like a light that guides me.” (Psalm 119:105, NiRV)
This often-quoted Bible verse comes from the very center of the entire Bible. Psalm 199 is the longest chapter in the Scriptures, and the bulk of it focuses on the value of studying and memorizing God’s Word, the Bible. This Scripture, included in graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies, reminds graduates of the greatest source of wisdom and direction ever available to mankind. As graduating seniors begin life after school, they will benefit from continued study and learning of God’s Word. Although many graduates may have completed their formal academic training by the time they participate in commencement ceremonies, their lifelong learning has only begun.
6. For graduation confidence
“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, AMP)
These familiar Bible verses, memorized by many Sunday school children, clearly offer simple and significant Scriptural truth. Those who look to the Lord for guidance will never be disappointed. Quoted here in the Amplified Version, for greater emphasis, this proverbial Scripture passage is most suitable for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies. As students complete their educational programs and march in graduation proceedings, they may ponder their adult lives to come. These Bible verses, taken from the book of Proverbs, offer both wisdom and comfort to graduates.
7. About graduation hope
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.”(Proverbs 23:18-19, NIV)
The Old Testament book of Proverbs fairly overflows with wisdom and sage instruction for graduates and others. Smart sayings for daily life are the stuff of biblical Proverbs. This Scriptural statement, containing a wonderful promise, is a super Bible verse text for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies. What graduating senior, contemplating his or her future plans, does not desire hope and promise?
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8. On graduation faith
“But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to very person.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13, NASB)
The Old Testament Bible book of Ecclesiastes claims its own authorship as “the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” (Ecclesiastes 1:1, NASB). Most Bible scholars believe King Solomon, the son of Kjng David, wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. The final chapter of Ecclesiastes opens with this statement: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1a, NASB). This is an excellent admonition for students and graduates alike.
The same chapter closes with the warning about superfluous writings and books. Ecclesiastes 12:12 may sound satirical to some listeners. For millennia, reluctant scholars have claimed this Bible verse, in their attempts to exempt themselves from studying, even to prepare for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies. However, the writer’s meaning was very different. The truth is revealed in Ecclesiastes 12:13, which points to faith in God and simple obedience to Him. How often do Bible students and others attempt to review and redefine these basic Bible truths? What a wonderful admonition these Bible verses may offer to graduating seniors and commencement audiences alike, as we all may be blessed by believing and obeying the Lord.
9. To graduation power
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah opened this Bible chapter with this wonderful statement: “’Comfort, comfort my people,’ says your God” (Isaiah 40:1, NIV). The closing Bible verses of Isaiah 40 (as quoted above), offer special comfort and exhortation for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies. By hoping in God and walking in His power, graduating seniors may look to the future with confidence. Surely, those who understand these Bible verses and lean on God will realize new enthusiasm, energy and empowerment for living.
10. Of graduation plans
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet of the Old Testament, penned these words to encourage God’s people that the Lord would rescue them from Babylonian captivity. Although graduating seniors may feel as if they are experiencing a newfound release from captivity, leaving the academic confines of their alma maters, this Bible verse actually offers more universal application. Certainly, God offers a wonderful life plan for anyone who trusts in Him.
In my personal Bible, I have written my own children’s names in the margin, right next to Jeremiah 29:11. This Bible verse is my prayer for my kids. May they look to the Lord, and may He guide them in His perfect plan for their lives.
This Bible verse is ideal for graduation greetings and commencement ceremonies, as graduates will launch into new chapters of life, facing adulthood and many major decisions. This Bible verse promises hope and blessing for those who seek God’s will first.
Abbreviations of Scripture Translations Used:
- AMP = The Amplified Bible (Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation).
- CEV = Contemporary English Version (Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society).
- KJV = King James Version (Public Domain)
- MSG = The Message (Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson).
- NASB = New American Standard Version (Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation).
- NIRV = New International Readers Version (Copyright © 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society).
- NIV = New International Version (Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society).
- NLV = New Life Version (Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International).
- NLT = New Living Translation (Copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.