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graduation prayer blessings

This page features several inspiring prayers for high school and college graduation ceremonies. There is a short invocation prayer, a sample prayer suitable for a graduating student to read, and three closing blessings and benedictions. Further down there are also three encouraging quotes suitable for including in a graduation card or speech.

opening prayers for a graduation ceremony

Short invocation prayer for a graduation ceremony

Lord God,

We ask for your almighty hand to be upon all those who graduate today. Bless their lives from this day on with goodness and love.
Help them to stay true to their dreams, to use their gifts wisely, and to walk into the future with faith, hope, and great love.


students graduating

graduation day!

"May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams"

Graduation Prayer Blessing

(a prayer suitable for a student to say)

Dear Lord,

May this graduation day be a celebration of your life within us.
We give you all the learning, the skills and the hard work of these years.
We pour out our gifts into your hands. May we hold this memory in our heart as we continue on our adventure!

Father, may we live a life that reveals your hope and be guided in everything we do by your everlasting truth.


closing blessings for a graduation ceremony

May the Lord Bless You

(an ancient Judeo-Christian Blessing)

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.

Graduation benediction prayer

May God's blessing follow you all as you find new journeys to travel. May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams.
May his gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow.
May your hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth,
And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day.


Irish Blessing

Here is an ancient Celtic blessing with inspiring images, suitable for closing your ceremony with:-

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May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

(the words of this traditional irish blessing)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

good quotes for graduation ceremonies

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

(T S Eliot, twentieth century poet, 1888-1965)

"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)

"The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself."

(David McCullough Jr.)


further reading

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with prayers suitable for a high school and university graduation ceremonies, from

arrow rightstudents prayer
a short prayer for a student to pray whilst away studying at university or college.

arrow rightopening prayers
a number of invocations suitable for opening meetings and church services.

arrow rightclosing prayers
several contemporary benedictions and closing prayers, including the ancient Judeo-Christian blessing "May the Lord Bless You".

arrow rightprayers for exams
with a prayer for exam success, a prayer to say before taking a test, and one for exam anxiety.