But rather than just raise a toast and recite some words that will quickly be forgotten, why not create a permanent record of all these well-wishes and advice? Here are some ideas for making graduation quotes the centerpiece of your post-commencement celebration.
Table It: Cover party tables with clean, white cloths and provide a supply of permanent markers. Ask each guest to jot down a personal graduation quote on the cloth and present them to the grad at the end of the party.
Frame It: Purchase a large photo mat and ask guests to decorate it with their graduation quotes. After the party, use the personalized mat to frame a special photo to be presented to the graduate.
Book It: Give each guest a 3x5 piece of card stock and ask them to jot down a few words for the graduate. Gather the cards together after the party and have them made into a one-of-a-kind graduation quotes book.
And if you're drawing a blank trying to come up with meaningful graduation quotes on your own, feel free to borrow one of these gems:
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson