Prayer for graduation day

prayer for graduation day

A Prayer for All Graduates
By Debbie McDaniel

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

The season of Graduation and new beginnings can bring a mixed bag of emotions to many of us. Though it’s a time of celebration and fresh starts, the letting go process can bring some pain too. Yet parenting is often just about that – the letting go. And whether it’s letting go as they head to Kindergarten, or letting go as they head to college, or straight off into their first job, it can be difficult.

prayer for graduation day

But there’s hope to remember.

Our children – are His. No matter where they go, or how old they are, they are in His care. They are in His hands. And He has great purpose for them in this life – and that’s the very best place we can let them go.  We’re entrusting them, again, straight into the safe care of a powerful and loving God. And that’s the safest place they can be.

His hands are big. To carry. To hold. To protect. To cover. To lead. And He loves each one of them more than we could ever imagine.

So here’s to great year ahead of God’s favor and blessing.

Prayer for Graduates:

Dear God,

We pray for our graduates today and lift them before you. We thank you so much for these we love and for the work you are continuing to do in their lives. They are a gift to us and to many others. And during this season of new beginnings, we ask that you would make their way clear. We ask that you would keep their footsteps firm and remind them that you are with them, always. May they sense the freshness of your Spirit over their lives in amazing ways, may they be strengthened, instilled with hope, for the new roads you have in store.

And today, again, we release our children straight into your tender care. Because we know that’s the best place they could ever be. We thank you in advance for all you have in store, for this day, for this year, for their lives.

We pray for protection, for your covering, that you would surround their lives as with a shield. Protect their coming and going. We ask that you would help them to live aware in a dark world and keep harm or evil intent far away. We ask that you would hide them in the safety of your powerful presence.

We ask for your wisdom and clear direction over their lives, that you would give them understanding beyond their years. Thank you that your timing is perfect. We pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper; that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close every one that should be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish, to bring you glory.

We ask that you would remind them every day how very much you love them, that they would find security and confidence fully in you, knowing that you are trustworthy and true.

We ask that you would teach them your ways and fill them with an unquenchable desire to learn your word. Give them a compassionate spirit, and the wisdom to look beyond outward appearances to the heart within. We pray that you would surround them with friends and leaders who would challenge them to press closer to you.

We ask for your peace to cover them. We ask for laughter and joy to fill their days. We pray that you would give them boldness and courage to face challenges set before them, with the confidence and peace that can only come from your spirit.

We ask that you would raise up greatness in their lives, greatness in this generation, willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing that you have designed them for purpose and good works, which you have planned and prepared in advance for them to do.

Be a lamp for their feet, and a light to their path. Shine over them. Fill them with your spirit. Bless them with your favor and peace.

In Jesus’ Name,


“The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

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Congrats to the graduate!

Here is a collection of graduation prayers that you can use to cheer on the new graduate during a ceremony, speech, or just a family dinner. If you’d like, at the bottom of this page, you can submit a prayer request as well, and the PrayWithMe community will pray with you.

prayer for graduation day

This Special Day

This is a special day in the life of the graduates.
As they embark on the next chapter in their lives we pray
that the same hand that has kept them thus far will continue to be in their lives.

May Your hand of protection be about them, and may Your Word continue to be
a light unto their path. Help them to make wise decisions and to always keep
You first in everything that they do.


A Prayer to the Graduate

As we prepare to watch the graduate walk across the stage to
receive a diploma, we want to take a moment to thank You for keeping
him/her safe and guiding him/her to this point.

Lord, touch him/her now with wisdom to be able to handle the next stage
of his/her life in a way that will be pleasing to You, and that will set
him/her on a path of living a life that will be a blessing to others.



A Prayer for a Successful Future

Lord we thank You that you have helped (name) make it to the point of graduation.
We give You the glory for his/her success thus far and ask that You will continue
to allow him/her to prosper as the next chapter of life begins.

Grant success both in the professional arena and in family life.
Allow there to be a proper balance between building a career and having a
meaningful personal life.

Most importantly, let his/her success be earned in such a way that will
be pleasing in Your eyes.


From the scriptures…

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Graduation Poems & Readings, Celebrate Graduation Day!

You will find a selection of graduation poems at Poem4Today.

Graduation poems are an excellent way of voicing your congratulations on this special day in the life of someone you love – for a special daughter or son, or simply in friendship.


A celebration…

A time for looking back on lessons learned,

adventures shared, bright moments filled
with special meaning.

A farewell… A time to say goodbye to old friends,

to good times you’ve known… a time for
packing away memories, treasures for tomorrow

A beginning… A time for looking forward, a time to set new goals,

to dream new dreams, to try your wings and see what lies beyond

Graduation Prayer, The Lord Will Lead You

Now that you’re celebrating
Your graduation day,
Your whole life is ahead of you,
And the Lord will lead the way.

Just trust in Him to guide you

In His divine and perfect will.
If you’ll pray and read His Holy Word,
His plan you will fulfill.

Whatever happens in your life,

On the Lord you can depend.
There’s nothing you can’t handle
With Jesus as your best friend.

Congratulations, and may the Lord bless you always!

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Christian Graduation Prayer

Dear Lord,
Today I bring this young graduate
before You asking You to keep Your
hand of protection upon her.

Please guide her steps in the days

ahead as she embarks on this new
journey before her. Grant her
wisdom to make wise decisions
according to Your will.

May the road before her be paved

with joyous opportunities that
bring honor and glory to You.

In the precious name of Jesus

I pray.

Graduation Poem, Dream Big

If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference
To embark on something worth doing
It is now.

Not for any grand cause, necessarily –

But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is worth your aspiration
Something that is your dream.

You owe it to yourself

To make your days count.
Have fun.  Dig deep. Stretch.

Dream big.

Know, though,

That things worth doing
Seldom come easy,
There will be times when you want to
Turn around
Pack it up and call it quits
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself
And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.


Because with an idea,

Determination and the right tools,
You can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect
And let your heart guide you.


Believe in the incredible power

Of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference
Of working hard

Of laughing and hoping

Of lasting friends
Of all the things that will cross your path

Next year

The start of something new

Brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible
There is only one you
And you will pass this way but once.

Do it right.

Graduation Poem, Dare to Believe

Everybody Knows:
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.


You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.


You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:

That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

~ Author Unknown

Graduation Poem, Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable

Be frank and honest anyway.

People favor underdogs but will follow only top dogs.

Fight for some underdogs anyway.

People may need help, but may attack you if you help them.

Help people anyway.

What you spend your years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

~ Author Unknown

Be True To You

As you set out on life’s road
unsure of the path you’ll go,
the most important thing you can do
is to always be true to “you”

Always remember who you are

in moments of struggle or fear.
Never forget or give up on
the hopes and dreams you hold dear

There will be setbacks and rejection

and moments of failure too,
but you must overcome any frustration
to achieve the potential of you.

Don’t forget to smile, or laugh,

or to live in the present;
no matter where life takes you
make every memory pleasant.

As you travel along your journey,

know that you’re never alone
and I’ll always be here for you
should you need the comfort of home.

On Your Graduation Day

In your life there will be many a milestone
On which you will look back when the years have flown.
And of all those major moments, I think it’s fair to say
That one of the most special is your Graduation Day.

As one era ends, you watch a new one start;

An adventure in which you are about to take part.
Let courage and joy conquer any fear or doubt;
Let hope light the path on which you’re setting out.

At those times when you need guidance, as all of us do,

Look to family and friends, always there to counsel you.
And if a choice does not turn out quite as you planned,
Never be ashamed to seek a helping hand.

Despite the challenges with which your journey may be fraught,

Stay true to yourself and the values you’ve been taught.
And be mindful that no matter the things you may possess,
The good you do for others is the true gauge of success.


Let No One Steal Your Dreams

Let no one steal your dreams
Let no one tear apart
The burning of ambition
That fires the drive inside your heart.

Let no one steal your dreams

Let no one tell you that you can’t
Let no one hold you back
Let no one tell you that you won’t.

Set your sights and keep them fixed

Set your sights on high
Let no one steal your dreams
Your only limit is the sky.

Let no one steal your dreams

Follow your heart
Follow your soul
For only when you follow them
Will you truly feel whole.

Set your sights and keep them fixed

Set your sights on high
Let no one steal your dreams
Your only limit is the sky.

~ Paul Cookson

Four Things

Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his record true:
To think without confusion clearly;
To love his fellow men sincerely;
To act from honest motives purely;
To trust in God and Heaven securely.

~ Henry Van Dyke

Graduation Quotes

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. ~ William Arthur Ward

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!. ~ Dr Seuss

I hope you found these graduation poems and graduation quotes as inspiring as we did!

Whether they’re graduating from kindergarten or high school, it’s still a big day and one to be marked and celebrated, often with a party.

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