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Graduation Prayers

graduates celebrating by throwing their hats in the air

Graduation marks a remarkable day in the chapter of a young persons life. For those leaving high school, it celebrates the childs achievements in their time of formal education. And for those at college or university, it is not only the culmination of many years of study, but is a coming-of-age, a moment when a fully-fledged adult steps into the next chapter of the great adventure we call life.

This page has several resources to help in planning your graduation ceremony. To begin with, there is an uplifting invocation prayer for opening your service, followed by a short prayer that celebrates the students years of study and asks for God's blessing to be on them. Next there is a modern high school seniors graduation prayer and a traditional anglican prayer for learning. There is also a prayer suitable for a student to say as part of the ceremony which thanks God for their time in education, a graduation benediction prayer and inspiring quotes for including in cards and messages.

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The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.

Newton Baker, American Politician, 1871 - 1937

Graduation Invocation Prayer

(suitable for opening the ceremony)

Dear God,

Today we join with heaven as we celebrate and give thanks for every student here. Thank you that each one is unique and brimming with potential.
Thank you for leading them in their learning, for keeping them safe as they studied, and for watching over them in their final exams.
We pray that they may all feel proud this day and enjoy sharing their achievements with family and friends. May today be a memory that burns bright within them as they embark on life’s great adventure.


(a prayer for a graduation service from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Graduation Prayer

graduation prayer

High School Graduation Prayer

Father, we thank you so much for our time here together
For all the friends we have made
For all the days of laughter and fun
And for all the times of great discovery and learning.
We thank You for all who have given of their energy and skill
So that we can graduate today.
Our teachers and mentors
Our family and loved ones
We thank You for them and give them all to You in prayer.

As this chapter on our life closes, so a new one begins.
We present ourselves like an open book before You.
Come and scribe Your words of life into our lives -
Fill our minds with Your thoughts
Fill our bodies with Your strength
Fill our hearts with Your dreams
That we might eternally love and serve You
This day and every day.

We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit
World without end.

(a modern prayer for a graduation ceremony from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Opening Graduation Prayer

a printable opening prayer suitable for a graduation program.
opening prayer for a meeting

Anglican Prayer for Learning

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities [and especially __________],
that they may be lively centers for
sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

source: Prayer for Schools and Colleges, Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.

Benediction Graduation Prayer

(a blessing over the students as they leave)

Go out in joy as you celebrate your achievement here today.
Go out with confidence, know that the God of love will lead your way.
Go out in unity, take your gifts and give them to the world.
Go out with strength, clothed and equipped with all you’ve learned.
Go out with wisdom, as God renews your mind each day.
Go out in love with kindness and blessings to give away.
Go out and take your studies to bless God’s beautiful world.
Go out with freedom, there’s so much more to see, enjoy and learn.

(a benediction from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Bible verse for a graduation service:-

Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)

May The Lord Bless You

(A Judeo-Christian Blessing suitable for closing a graduation ceremony with)

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

The Lord's Prayer

A short creative reading of the "Our Father" set to uplifting music and images:-

A selection of good graduation quotes

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."

Michelangelo, Italian Renaissance Artist, 1475-1564

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."

Lawrence of Arabia, (Thomas Edward Lawrence 1885-1932), writer and British army officer

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, America poet, 1803 –1882

A Graduate’s Prayer

(suitable for a graduate to read in the ceremony)

Almighty God,

Thank you for the wonderful time we have had learning and studying here.
Please bless us now as we celebrate and mark this special day.
May each one of us find ways to cherish the memories we have made,
And look forwards with courage in our hearts to the new challenges ahead.
Lord, please guide our footsteps. Come lead us in our new areas of study and the work opportunities that lie ahead of us.
Father please fill our minds with vision. As we begin new adventures may each graduate be blessed with friendship, support and love.
Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of studying here. Please bless each member of staff here today and this inspiring place of learning.


(a students prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Short College Graduation Prayer

Almighty God,

As we gather today, we thank you for the blessing of learning. Thank you for the privilege of studying in our chosen areas and gaining new skills. May each graduate today feel proud and enjoy celebrating their success. Lord, we pray that they would be able to use this qualification and knowledge to go out and bless the world. Please foster within them a continued passion for learning as they journey onwards.

Thank you for every aspect of their time with us: the knowledge gained, the friendships made and the dreams and visions that they carry in their hearts. Father, as we dedicate this celebration to you, we thank you for leading and guiding us all.


(graduation prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

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