Inspirational Graduation Poems
Like a butterfly emerges and unfolds its graceful wings,
A child grows and develops
With the love teachers and loved ones bring.
We're thankful for the times
You have encouraged us to try,
For God gave us our wings,
But all of you taught us how to fly.
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
They believe...be sensible
save for the future
work hard while young
enjoy when old
no pain no gain
follow the crowd
stay within the lines
keep your head clear
keep your eyes straight
feet on the ground
What about now! what about roses? what about stars?
what about chasing rainbows, floating clouds, butterflies...
what about silver linings, serendipity, spontaneity...
what about moonbeams, sun-rays, raindrops?
I believe I can cut my own pathway
I believe I can step off the edge and not fall
I believe I can close my eyes and follow my heart and soul
I believe I can walk in the rain and not get wet
I believe in today and have hope for tomorrow
I believe in dreams, I believe in me....
I believe I can fly!
Desiderata - by max ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
( by Max Ehrmann)
by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about
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;
can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too
good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can
meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves
to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and
start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn
long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes
nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which
is more - you'll be a Man, my son!