The sparkly aqua blue cover shows graduation hats jubilantly tossed in the air!
Hats off to graduates! Whether they’re earning a diploma, a program certificate, a degree or a cool new professional title, their hard work deserves recognition.
- Congratulations and BRAVO!
- May your great college memories last longer than your student loan payments.
- This calls for celebrating! Congratulations!
- You did it! Congrats!
- Caps off to you, Graduate! Well done!
- What a proud day! We just couldn’t be happier for you!
- What an impressive achievement!
- Happy Graduation Day!
- Good looks, brains, heart and now a diploma too? You’ve really got it all! Congrats!
- Hope you’ll always find yourself as happy and full of big, crazy dreams as you are today!
- Hope you’re able to take a well-earned rest, vacation—whatever kind of break sounds like fun. You’ve earned it!
- You’re going to be a star! Congratulations!
- You deserve to see your dreams come true…congrats!
- This definitely won’t be the last time I get to brag about you.
Throwing caps in the air is a tradition started by the Naval Academy in 1912. Prior to the graduation, graduates of the academy were required to serve two years in the fleet as midshipmen before being commissioned as Navy officers, therefore they still needed their hats.
The class of 1912 was commissioned from the time of graduation and received their officers hats, thus their hats were no longer needed, leaving the graduates free to toss their caps into the air and not worry about getting them back.
The tradition then caught on at other institutions throughout the country. Now the action is regarded as a symbolic gesture of the end of a chapter in a graduate’s life.
Here is some graduation wisdom to consider:
Do all the other things, the ambitious things—travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes…but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. ~George Saunders to Syracuse University
Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.
~Oprah Winfrey to Howard University
Don’t buy society’s definition of success. Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, it’s not working for men, it’s not working for polar bears, it’s not working for the cicadas that are apparently about to emerge and swarm us. It’s only truly working for those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness, and high blood pressure. ~Arianna Huffington to Smith College
I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension. I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now. ~J.K. Rowling to Harvard University
Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
~Steve Jobs to Stanford