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25 Graduation Bible Verses to Guide and Motivate the Class of 2023

High school and college grads will find biblical advice in these inspirational blessings.

By Elizabeth Berry and Ysolt Usigan
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Hopefully, you've had the time of your life at school. Now that you're graduating, it's a good opportunity to take a look back at the last four years, and also look ahead at what's to come. As exciting as graduation season can be — not just for you as the graduate, but for your family and friends who get to see their loved one achieve a major milestone — it can also be overwhelming. Giving yourself a moment to reflect can help ensure that you'll continue on in your journey to adulthood with confidence. Graduation Bible verses are one way for faithful Christian graduates to take stock as they say goodbye to one chapter and begin another.

If you're experiencing some uncertainty or just need encouragement, reading these Bible verses for graduates can help you stay grounded and serve as a source of inspiration. If you've had God in your heart, He has been present and has seen your growth. As you read these encouraging Bible verses, allow your faith to bring you empowerment, inspiration, clarity, and confidence. Your future success is yours to create, but the wisdom you draw from this graduation scripture can only help carry you through.

1 Timothy 4:12

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"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Instead, set an example for the believers through your speech, behavior, love, [and] faith..."

The Good News: Youth is not a downfall. Use what others perceive as innocence as a fresh start to set an example and learn more about the world.

James 1:12

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"Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward."

The Good News: Life is not without hardships, but the person who perseveres through both the good and the bad will lead a more fulfilling life.

Proverbs 16:3

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"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will succeed."

The Good News: Continue on in your path with faith as a big part of it. It'll help you reach your goals.

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Colossians 3:23

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"Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people."

The Good News: It's so easy to focus on people around you, but never lose sight of the fact that God is your constant. Have God in your heart every step of the way.

Philippians 1:9-11

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"This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God."

The Good News: God's hope for us is that with time, a constant love will enable us to learn more, and discover what is truly needed within our lives to make us happy.

Psalm 20:4

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"Let God grant what is in your heart and fulfill all your plans."

The Good News: No matter what you're striving for or what you desire, God will lead you there.

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Jeremiah 29:11-13

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"I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me."

The Good News: As we pray upon God, and keep unwavering faith in him, he will guide us through the plans he has set up for us from the day we were born.

Deuteronomy 31: 6

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"Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you."

The Good News: Many things in life can happen that will scare you. The important thing to remember is that you'll be okay with God on your side. Let that give you the assurance you need to be strong and keep going.

Matthew 6:33

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"Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

The Good News: If you believe, you will receive.

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Philippians 1:6

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"I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus."

The Good News: Those who try to do good works throughout life will be greatly celebrated in the Kingdom of God.

John 14:27

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"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid."

The Good News: Do not be fearful or overwhelmed by the unknown. Instead, embrace the peace God wants for all of us, so that we may enjoy life to the fullest.

Isaiah 26:4

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"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is a rock for all ages."

The Good News: Trust in Jesus, and you can never be set on a broken path.

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Isaiah 43:19

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"Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness."

The Good News: Setting off on a new path doesn't have to be scary. Sometimes new things are the most exciting, because they carve paths for us we may have never walked down otherwise.

2 Timothy 2:15

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"Make an effort to present yourself to God as a tried-and-true worker, who doesn’t need to be ashamed but is one who interprets the message of truth correctly."

The Good News: Those who work hard will be looked upon kindly by God. If you're entering the workforce post college, remember that even if your boss doesn't always notice your hard work — God does.

Proverbs 3:6

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"Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight."

The Good News: As long as we keep God's word at the forefront of our thoughts and actions, he will guide us on our paths.

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Proverbs 21:5

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"The plans of the diligent end up in profit, but those who hurry end up with loss."

The Good News: It's easy to compare ourselves to others who are soaring ahead on their own paths, but remember that it's okay if it takes more time to get established after graduation. If you work hard and diligently, you will be rewarded in the long run.

Proverbs 24:14

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"Know that wisdom is like that for your whole being. If you find it, there is a future. Your hope won’t be cut off."

The Good News: The knowledge you gained in school will help you in your future — whether through practical application or even just the lessons you learned outside the classroom about being social, working hard, and managing deadlines. Soak it all in and use it to your advantage going forward.

2 Timothy 1:7

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"God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled."

The Good News: You are ready to take on the world because God has made you so. We are all made powerful through His wisdom.

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Philippians 4:13

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"I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength."

The Good News: When life doesn't go our way, God will be there for us and give us the strength to carry on.

Romans 12:2

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"Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is — what is good and pleasing and mature."

The Good News: It's always best in life to be yourself and not conform to what you think others want you to be. This applies in college and beyond; stay true to who you are.

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Elizabeth Berry
Updates Editor

Elizabeth Berry (she/her) is the Updates Editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute where she optimizes lifestyle content across verticals. Prior to this role, she was an Editorial Assistant for Woman’s Day where she covered everything from gift guides to recipes. She also has experience fact checking commerce articles and holds a B.A. in English and Italian Studies from Connecticut College.

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Ysolt Usigan is a lifestyle writer and editor with 15+ years of experience working in digital media. She has created share-worthy content for publishers Shape, What To Expect, Cafe Mom, TODAY, CBS News, HuffPo, The Bump, Health, Ask Men, and Best Gifts. A working mom of two, her editorial expertise in parenting, shopping, and home are rooted in her everyday life. 

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