Friday, June 12, 2009

Graduation Quotations

It's the last day of school for my daughter. She'll now spend a good two months staying up later and sleeping in.

As will several teachers I know, as well.



"Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed." (Erma Bombeck)

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." (Theodore Roosevelt)

"A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep." (W.H. Auden)

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." (Mark Twain)

"Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated." (Garry Trudeau)

"A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success." (Robert Orben)

"Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference." (Arie Pencovici)

"It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days." (Isabel Waxman)

"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)

[selected with thanks from The Quote Garden]


I'm still at the Conference through Saturday night, and my daughter has a vocal recital Sunday afternoon ... so once again, probably no blog updates this weekend. I do have some material I'd like to post, though, and I'll endeavor to get it up there soon.

I'll see you on Monday.



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WORDS for YOUR WEEKEND: "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." (Henry David Thoreau)

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