10 Graduation Quotes That Will Make You Laugh

Quotes That Point to the Funny Side of Graduation

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If you've been asked to speak at a high school or college graduation or celebration, you may be searching for the perfect icebreaker. But how do you get a group of serious-minded students and their parents to crack a smile? Fortunately, plenty of famous (and not-so-famous) writers and orators have been in the same situation before you, and have come up with some clever, witty quotes to borrow.

Funny Quotes About Education and Learning

High schools and colleges take academics very seriously, but there is a funny side to learning!

One thing about the school of experience is that it will repeat the lesson if you flunk the first time.

George Foreman
I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at 4:00 in the afternoon, I'd be a college graduate today.

Oscar Wilde
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.

Theodore Roosevelt 
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.

Funny Quotes About Graduation

Graduation is a formal event with lots of pomp and circumstance. Seen through the right lens, though, it is pretty funny!

Robert Orben
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.

Gary Bolding
Your families are extremely proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.

Doug Larson
The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.

James D'arcy
It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realized I'd become an actor.

Garry Trudeau
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.

Robert Goheen
If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.

The tassel’s worth the hassle!

Erma Bombeck 
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.   

Jon Stewart
The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective.

Bill Watterson 
So, what’s it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don’t recommend it.

Funny Quotes About Succeeding in Life

Most commencement speakers have something to say about success in life and the road ahead. Here are some quotes to add a little humor to your sage advice.

You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom.

Ed Helms
So long as your desire to explore is greater than your desire to not screw up, you're on the right track.

Frank A. Clark 
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.    

Ellen DeGeneres 
Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else's path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.   

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