16 Bible Verses to Encourage Graduates

Bible Verses

Graduation is a special time marking a huge milestone and accomplishment in life, whether young or old. It can be hard to find the right words to offer encouragement and prepare them for what lies ahead – which is why we turn to Scripture. Whether you’re looking for a little something to write in a graduation card, scrapbooks or invitations, here are some of our favorite Bible verses to inspire your beloved graduate.


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

– Jeremiah 29:11 [NKJV]

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

– Proverbs 3:5-6 [NIV]

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

– Proverbs 19:21 [ESV]

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

– Luke 1:37 [KJV]

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

– Romans 8:28 [CSB]

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

– 1 Timothy 4:12 [NIV]

May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.

– Psalm 20:4 [NLT]

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

– Proverbs 16:3 [KJV]

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

– Deuteronomy 31:6 [NKJV]

Whatever you do, keep working at it with all your heart, as for the Lord and not for people,

– Colossians 3:23 [ESV]

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

– Joshua 1:9 [NIV]

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

– Romans 12:2 [NKJV]

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

– Psalm 119:105 [KJV]

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

– 2 Corinthians 9:8 [ESV]

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

– Ephesians 3:20 [NLT]

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

– Matthew 5:16 [NIV]

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