Top 303 Graduated Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Graduated Quotes from famous people such as John Oates, Nicholas Stoller, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Daryl Davis, Anne Donovan, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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I couldn’t wait to grow a mustache. I stopped shaving my upper lip the day I graduated from high school.
John Oates
The two times I had nervous breakdowns in my life were when I graduated from college and had my first kid.
Nicholas Stoller
I don’t live in L.A. I actually live in Atlanta, Georgia. After I graduated from Spelman, I just stayed and never left. And I love it.
Keshia Knight Pulliam
I’ve been playing music professionally, full time since 1980 when I graduated college at the age of 22.
Daryl Davis
My parents thought I was crazy. When I graduated, you didn’t hear of basketball players going to Japan. Everyone went to Europe somewhere.
Anne Donovan
I grew up in Alaska, okay? My dad graduated high school and went straight to the mountains. He had $300 and staked a claim. He didn’t even have enough to put a title on the land: just had the records that he bought before he moved.
John Gourley
I was an excellent student before I left school. But I graduated early so that I could work longer hours on ‘90210.’
Jennie Garth
I graduated from the University of Whatever.
Dana Snyder
I read Henry Miller’s ‘Nexus,’ ‘Sexus’ and ‘Plexus’ the summer after I graduated from college. It cemented my decision to spurn any and all careers.
David Berman
I came to New York in 1974, when I graduated from college. And you had to use ‘Backstage’ because all of the auditions were listed there. Most people didn’t come with agents, so you got to see a lot of what was auditioning and when and where. ‘Backstage’ made sure you knew the major places.
LaTanya Richardson
I graduated with a double degree, I speak well, I play two sports at an elite level, I volunteer, I do things the right way – I even got down on my knee to ask my wife to marry me! – and I can’t get sponsored? It confuses the hell out of me.
Marquise Goodwin
I never got a chance to take advantage of ‘Superbad’ at school because I graduated before it came out, so I never got to use any of my fame to pick up girls and go to cool parties.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
I never graduated to being an atheist. I only graduated to being an agnostic.
Christopher Durang
I’ve done so many funny jobs. I worked at a farmer’s market through high school. I worked in the stock room of Ralph Lauren. I graduated to salesperson at Ralph Lauren, which was a big deal to me. I’ve been a P.A. I’ve been a stand-in. I’ve been an assistant’s assistant.
Allison Williams
I graduated high school a year early and moved to Los Angeles to go to acting school, which is hilarious.
Rachel Hollis
Since the time I have graduated from college, I don’t think I have stayed in my house for two days at a stretch.
Abhinav Shukla
With the draft, everybody was involved. Everybody was fodder. When you got to be 21, 22 and graduated from college, for two years your life stopped. If you had been running in the direction of your life, you had to stop and do this other thing which was, if not menacing, just plain boring.
Philip Roth
What my father gave me more than anything else is great tutoring and a great brain, frankly. You know, my father’s brother was a top person at MIT, went to MIT, graduated from MIT, was a teacher at MIT, a professor at MIT, a great engineer. I mean, you know, I have very good genes.
Donald Trump
I graduated from college with a degree in ex-phys and kinesiology, because it was learning to work out, and I already knew how to work out. So, I just wanted an easy degree. I’m sorry but that’s just the way it was.
John Cena
I graduated in biology by overcoming an incredibly impossible science workload in college. The knowledge does nothing for me, but knowing I achieved that makes me feel like I can achieve anything because those science classes in biology are just impossible.
Frank Vogel
This is a man who graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in three years, editor of the Harvard Law Review, argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court.
Rod Parsley
I graduated with all honors, and I was about to take the LSATs, and I was working at a law firm, and I hated it.
Nafessa Williams
I went to visit my father to tell him that I was going to go to college and become an architect – that was my dream. I was like, yeah I graduated from school, but it’s not like you showed up for that. But all he was worried about is whether or not I wanted money from him.
Jake Roberts
I went to college because I felt like I was supposed to. I graduated from public high school and I did all the things that I was supposed to do.
Mila Kunis
I graduated college in 1983, so that’s 32 years, and all I’ve done for a living is act or commercials or voiceovers. So I have nothing to complain about.
Ving Rhames
I saw some musicals at dinner theaters where I grew up. But I didn’t go to a big theater to see one until probably after I graduated from high school when I took myself to see ‘Tommy’ when it was on tour. I absolutely loved it.
Amy Adams
My family and I moved at least six times before I graduated high school. I was fortunate to have a large family network that combined their resources to help me accomplish my goals – but not everyone may be as lucky.
Marc Veasey
I have no problems with private schools. I graduated from one and so did my mother. Private schools are useful and we often use public funds to pay for their infrastructures and other common needs.
Jim Clyburn
In college, I didn’t perform so much, but when I graduated is when I discovered Second City. Then I realized, ‘Oh, there are people who can focus on comedy and especially improvisational comedy and make a career out of it.’
Jack McBrayer
When I graduated high school, nearly a half-million people subscribed to ‘Popular Electronics’ magazine. Soldering up some radio or hi-fi amplifier on the basement workbench was not just a personal passion – a lot of young people were doing the same. The magazine expired in 1999 for lack of interest.
Seth Shostak
My daughter just graduated college and she’s a dance major. She’s done a couple of dance videos already and won Miss Massachusetts a couple of weeks ago. She’s going out for Miss United States the second week of July, out in Las Vegas. She will probably wind up going to New York and trying the Broadway thing.
Doug Flutie
I graduated from college and went straight into a job w

I graduated from college and went straight into a job with MTV.
Julia Hartz
I graduated from Notre Dame.
Pat Connaughton
My sister and I graduated from Arizona State University where she was president and I was secretary of the College Republicans.
Rachel Campos-Duffy
It always has been a goal of mine to compete in the Olympics. Right after I graduated from college, I moved out to Salt Lake City with my mind focused on making the 2014 team.
Brittany Bowe
When I graduated from high school, I got accepted to York University, Fine Arts film program.
Mike Myers
When I graduated college, I didn’t get a job. I started making YouTube videos. I used to spend my days making art, and I love that. And, if I’m being honest, what’s the hardest thing? I think it’s just becoming a CEO from this path of being a YouTuber.
Jack Conte
I graduated in ’91, so the ’90s for me were very much the first years out of school, so I can’t really look at that decade as independent of my own experience of my 20s, really.
Noah Baumbach
I always wanted to have my own album recorded and released before I graduated high school.
Christina Aguilera
As I graduated from public schools and started working in newsrooms, I told myself that I am only the ‘illegal’ that my own country has not bothered to get to know.
Jose Antonio Vargas
My father died in 1989 before I knew what I was going to do with my life. I had just graduated from college. My mother died just before ‘Sideways’ came out. She knew I was an actor, but she never saw me become successful.
Paul Giamatti
I started at Howard in the drama department. At the same time, I was a fledgling member of the Black Repertory Company in Washington, D.C. When I graduated, I had the great fortune of being in the Los Angeles production of ‘For Colored Girls’… And all these years since, I’ve done stage work.
Lynn Whitfield
We didn’t leave home until we graduated high school, but when we did, we genuinely left. We went out into the world with 50 bucks, backpacks, and acoustic guitars.
Benji Madden
By August of 2003, I had graduated from Rutgers, gone through a stretch of living at my parents’ house, and wound up sharing an apartment with a college friend of mine in Montclair, New Jersey.
Chris Gethard
I graduated from college when I was 20. To get enough money to finish college, I went into the ROTC, and I was an officer in the Air Force before I could buy a drink.
Melvin Van Peebles
I was a business major at the University of Richmond, and after I graduated, I took a job at a corporate ad agency. I had comedic dreams, but I also had a realistic look at what I had to do when I left school: maybe I’m funny, but maybe I’m one of a hundred thousand funny people, you know?
Lil Dicky
My parents’ greatest wish was that I graduated from college. Neither of my parents had a college education, and they really wanted me to have one.
Linda McMahon
I don’t feel as though I’ve graduated from commercials or music videos. In my mind, they aren’t compartmentalised.
Jonathan Glazer
I dropped out of school for a semester, transferred to another college, switched to an art major, graduated, got married, and for a while worked as a graphic designer.
James Green Somerville
I love Las Vegas, but I never get a chance to play a club like the House of Blues. I guess we’ve graduated to a bigger scale than that. When the Eagles come in and play, that’s on a grand scale.
Joe Walsh
I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity – sort of… I haven’t graduated yet. I’m not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day.
Claire Danes
My folks ain’t graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family – and I come from a big family.
Kendrick Lamar
I graduated from Second City Los Angeles. It helped me tremendously, not only in my roles in films but in helping shape me into a writer as well. In improv, you will fail sometimes, so it teaches you to be brave and try anything. The worst that can happen is nobody laughs.
Carly Craig
In 1985 I graduated from Deshler High School in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and I was their first African American homecoming queen. You would have thought I won Miss America or Miss U.S.A. (wink), because of my excitement.
Cynthia Bailey
We’re a Muslim family, but we’re also very cultured and we have a mixture of different religions. For example, my brother-in-law is Catholic, and my sister converted and my nephews are baptized. I have an uncle who just graduated and currently he’s a priest.
Rima Fakih
When I was a child, I wanted to be… a fairy. I still do, really, except that now I’ve now graduated to wanting to be a pixie.
Jaime Winstone
When I graduated, I felt a little burned out on taking pictures after so many years of churning out so many for classes.
Gia Coppola
When I graduated from Parsons School of Design, the dean at that time said I would never be a designer. Obviously I didn’t listen.
Narciso Rodriguez
I started finishing ‘Nostalgic’ while trying to graduate at the same time. I graduated from high school, got my diploma, and my life just started when I completed ‘Nostalgic 64.’
Denzel Curry
Actually, I graduated from university as a journalist.
Hugh Jackman
They couldn’t sign me until after I graduated, but right after graduation day, I had nine different organizations there wanting to sign me.
Vernon Law
Yeah, I left Idaho at 17. You know, I graduated high school a year early and just, you know, the typical story, packed up my car and moved out.
Aaron Paul
The year after I graduated college I had a job in a lib

The year after I graduated college I had a job in a library. When people underlined passages in the library books, or made notes in the margins, the books were sent to me. I erased the lines and the notes. Yes, that was my job.
Lev Grossman
I was very precocious when I was young. I went to college at 16, and I graduated at 20. I wanted to be a writer, but I was more interested in experience than in applying myself intellectually.
Rachel Kushner
I went to public school my whole life, graduated high school with my class. Growing up, I’d go to an audition, my friends would go to soccer practice and we’d all reconvene and hang out in our neighborhood. When I would book something, I would never tell my friends. Acting was just fun. I was a kid, I wasn’t jaded.
Shailene Woodley
When I graduated from college in 1996 and the Internet was taking off, I remember this feeling that there was an open range where anything could be built.
Anne Wojcicki
For my undergraduate work, I went to Oklahoma State University and graduated from there in 1977.
Anita Hill
I say to the women out there, remember how difficult it was for women like Justice O’Connor starting out. Even though she graduated with top grades, she had to take a job as a legal secretary. Remember how far we have come.
Maryanne Trump Barry
I had a hit single on the radio for 30 days before I graduated from high school.
Will Smith
It got so bad that by the time I was graduated, the only reading I did was in order to get the grade and the only writing I did was in order to get the grade.
R. A. Salvatore
For a long time I wanted to do the kind of work my dad did. He was going to ask his foreman at the mill to put me on after I graduated. So I worked at the mill for about six months. But I hated the work and knew from the first day I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life.
Raymond Carver
Both of my parents graduated from high school, both attended college, both have government jobs now. They’ve always been very adamant about me finishing high school and finishing college.
Chance The Rapper
After I graduated high school and came out to do ‘Buffy,’ I was enrolled at my mom’s university, and I was going to go get a real job. I never thought of acting and never really wanted to be an actor.
Eliza Dushku
I was allergic to school. I was completely befuddled by school. I was trying so hard, but I couldn’t succeed. I took geometry for four years, the same course over and over again, and I did not graduate with my senior class. I finally passed geometry after doing summer school, and eventually, I graduated.
Henry Winkler
I taught a class about the Tony Awards at a summer theater camp the year after I graduated from high school. So, the first time I was nominated for ‘Spring Awakening,’ it felt like a surreal dream: it was every childhood dream I had come true. It felt like a fairy tale.
Jonathan Groff
There was definitely a time where I kind of did rebel a little bit, but it was not until I had graduated college.
Madelyn Cline
I went to college in Ohio, at Ohio University, and I graduated two years ago.
Piper Perabo
When I graduated from cooking school, I went to work at Stars, which was one of my favorite restaurants in the country at the time, and that’s where I really learned to cook and to taste food in a discerning way.
Steve Ells
When I graduated, I was going to go to school for law, but had such an affinity for hip-hop. It was like walking into a casino and I decided to bet everything on hip-hop, and I hit! My hit wasn’t just a hit for me, it was a hit for everyone in this culture.
Doug E. Fresh
I haven’t even graduated from high school yet – and I’ve realised in the last four years, with all the travelling I’ve done and all of the movies I’ve made, that the world is my classroom. I’ve experienced things I don’t know you can necessarily get from reading a history book.
Hailee Steinfeld
I did not end up as broadly educated as my Cambridge colleagues, but I graduated probably better equipped to write a book on my chosen subject.
Richard Dawkins
My high school in South Bend had nearly a thousand students. Statistically, that means that several dozen were gay or lesbian. Yet, when I graduated in 2000, I had yet to encounter a single openly LGBT student there.
Pete Buttigieg
Freedom Summer, the massive voter education project in Mississippi, was 1964. I graduated from high school in 1965. So becoming active was almost a rite of passage.
Danny Glover
When I graduated from college, I thought that I would probably never be an actor because it seemed like everyone was big by the time they were 20 or not at all.
Greta Gerwig
My anxiety has gotten worse as I’ve graduated and gotten older, and I still feel like ‘Rookie’ is a place where I can talk about that, and hopefully someone relates to it.
Tavi Gevinson
I always knew when I graduated from high school, I’d go to college. I never thought about what I was walking away from… I just wanted to study literature and writing.
Gaby Hoffmann
I went through college in the 1960s without having any idea that I was going to have to make a living. When I graduated in 1968 it was quite a shock to find out that there was a world out there and that it wasn’t going to support me.
Francine Prose
I went to NYU for a year and a half, and I graduated from there and then years later went to Columbia for graduate school.
Nicole Holofcener
I could count my modeling jobs on my hands and toes. When I graduated from college, I moved to New York specifically to study acting, and I needed to pay the bills, and it’s better to make a couple thousand dollars in one day than to wait tables six days a week.
William Baldwin
My girlfriend Rhonda, who’s now my wife, I graduated from high school, she got pregnant. My grandfather said, ‘You’ve got to do the right thing.’
Bernie Mac
In 1969, when I graduated from Harvard Law School, women and minorities made up a tiny fraction of the first year associates accepted by top law firms.
Jane Harman
I founded a launch company called International Microspace when I graduated medical school in 1989. We were trying to build a microsatellite launcher.
Peter Diamandis
I graduated college in 1992 and didn’t reach a sizable audience with my column for nine solid years. If I had started ten years later, or ten years sooner, everything could have happened sooner, obviously. But if I had started fifteen years later? I don’t know.
Bill Simmons
For me, because I've been working out since I graduated

For me, because I’ve been working out since I graduated college, I have to mix it up. But it’s not just working out for health’s sake; it’s also a whole mindset for me. Yoga is really important for that.
Kim Raver
When I graduated from high school, I became a DJ in a club, a local hang-out called Eve After Dark.
DJ Yella
I wasn’t allowed to audition for anything professionally until I was – I guess I cheated a little bit and started when I was in college, but I graduated! Barely.
Betty Gilpin
I didn’t harbor a huge desire to become a chef until I graduated from college.
Alex Guarnaschelli
When I graduated from college, I was told I could do great things and be great, but I didn’t know what that meant and what it would feel like and the work that it would take.
Lauren Gibbs
When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we’ve made it.
Jackie Kennedy
My family, especially the ones that came to America, second generation, they’re predominantly lawyers, doctors, accountants… they went to college basically, graduated, masters programs and PhD’s… all of that good stuff.
Beneil Dariush
I was graduated in 1940 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Science but a major in Mathematics, a paradoxical combination that was prognostic of my future interests.
Kenneth Arrow
After you’ve graduated, you’re supposed to be an adult and go out into the world, and you’re still not formed. It’s an interesting… horrible, horrible time.
Kim Gordon
I almost went to Central Saint Martins for fashion design. I deferred for a year when I graduated high school so that I could go model and make some money and immerse myself in the fashion industry for a year.
Hunter Schafer
I graduated from my Master of Fine Arts program for writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Of course, for a master’s program, you have to do a ton of reading. I would get up, usually around 5:30, to do my reading; otherwise, I would fall behind.
Lisa Papademetriou
When I was younger, I was an avid science girl. I was all about, ‘I’m going to be a doctor.’ Even when I graduated, I was like, ‘I’m going to be a doctor.’ Even though I did acting and I was in plays and drama clubs in high school and college, I still didn’t think I was going to take it on as a career.
When I graduated from college, I got a 9-to-5 traditional job doing social media for a company, and I’d spend all day long fighting with the system of getting things approved and the fact that social media has such a quick turnaround. Things had to be very reactive and instant.
Tyler Oakley
I grew up in that band. Some people go to college and get a Master’s. I went to My Chem academy, and I feel like I graduated with honors.
Frank Iero
I went to Enloe High School and then East Carolina University and graduated with a business degree in marketing.
Summer Rae
My goal was to have a company off the ground by the time I graduated. But the worst-case scenario was I would have an MBA and a lot of opportunities ahead of me.
Katrina Lake
I’m from Wisconsin; well, that’s where I went to school from, like, sixth grade till I graduated high school.
Evan Glodell
I went to Detroit Public Schools: Harms Elementary, Bennett, which is now called Phoenix Academy. This is all in Southwest Detroit. I graduated from Southwestern High School, so I’m a ‘Prospector,’ which is what we used to call each other.
Rashida Tlaib
I lost my parents very early in my life. My mom died three weeks after I graduated from high school, and my dad died two years after I got married.
Mary Badham
I went to military college in Canada and graduated as an officer in the Navy but also as an engineer.
Marc Garneau
I am excited to run in the community where my wife and I work, where my daughters graduated and my son attends high school, where my family goes to synagogue, and where I have spent so much time working for and with the people of South Florida.
Ted Deutch
For years I wrote in my basement. More recently I graduated to one floor above, an office with all my books and music and – ta da! – a window.
Mitch Albom
I did a lot of freelance desk publishing jobs when I graduated from college. I sort of earned a living doing that while I was writing plays, which was what I wanted to do. My hope was to become a playwright.
Jason Katims
I remember having lunch with a friend who worked at the White House. I’d just graduated from law school but kept telling my friend what they needed to do and weren’t doing right about the Iran-Contra affair. The next day, I got a call from the White House, offering me a job.
Judy Smith
It was a recession when I graduated, but I was so unequipped to have a job anyway, I don’t think it would have mattered if the economy was booming. I think I was expecting bad jobs. But as it went on through my 20s, I began to wonder how things were going to turn out.
Jeffrey Eugenides
I grew up on the Eastern Shore during desegregation. A lot of white parents chose to send their kids to private schools rather than integrate – but not mine. My brother and I both attended and graduated from public schools. It’s one of the best things that happened to me.
Ralph Northam
When I was young, I was an academically oriented guy like most academically oriented guys. I graduated in science, did an MBA. My dreams as a young boy were I wanted to be an industrialist, or I wanted to be a scientist.
Amish Tripathi
My wife and I have been together since 1986. I graduated in ’86 and she graduated in ’88. We began dating when she was 17. Actually she turned 18 when we started kissing and stuff.
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
When I graduated college, I decided that I was going to try to be an actor, but it was my dirty secret.
Frank Grillo
I left Princeton, but I graduated Harvard, in 1952.
Harry Mathews
In middle school and high school, I had straight A’s, and I graduated at the top of my year. On the flip side of that, I struggled with very severe performance anxiety.
Simone Giertz
I wanted to be a marine biologist my whole life until I

I wanted to be a marine biologist my whole life until I graduated high school. And even now, I’m still like, ‘Maybe I’ll just quit the biz and go to Santa Cruz and study marine biology and have my own research center in the Bahamas.’ Yeah, I’m sure it would be just that smooth.
Cobie Smulders
I graduated law school nine months pregnant and didn’t take a job.
Elizabeth Warren
So basically, I graduated high school a semester early.
Jessica Szohr
When I graduated, I was really lucky because I got hired immediately by CBS as a production assistant.
Ana Kasparian
When we did ‘Endgame,’ we were all hunched over and making the craziest sounds. Then I graduated and went right into auditioning for ‘Gossip Girl’ and things like that, where, as an actress, you’re required to act from the neck up and, from the neck down. It’s a presentation of your birthday-suit self.
Betty Gilpin
I remember the first pangs of stress arriving at the end of school. Once I graduated I had to get a full-time job, worry about health insurance, saving money, paying rent – things I’d never thought about before.
Ezra Koenig
My most string-beanish, I guess, is when I was 15 years old. From 15 to 16, I went from 155 pounds to 215. By the time I graduated from high school, I was between 235-250.
John Cena
I’m the guy that once graduated Ranger School – a place that starves you and denies you sleep for over two months – and took a fight six days later in the IFL and won.
Tim Kennedy
I went to Wellesley College, and it was really hard for me to get a job after I graduated. I would go into places where I would not see any black people at all in Boston – like, zero. And then in publishing in New York City, it was pretty much the same. I knew that it wasn’t about the value of my work.
Chirlane McCray
When I was 17, I was always hanging out with the older kids, and a lot of times, the kids that graduated would come back and play pranks. I was a huge, huge, huge prankster.
Tristan Wilds
I went to UC Berkeley. I graduated in 1976, immediately moved to L.A. with a degree in English – which did no more for you then than it does for you now – then sold real estate and did theater for nine years.
Kurt Fuller
I graduated from high school in ’62 and I didn’t know any people who were gay. I’m sure there were people, but I didn’t know any. For years and years, I guess, I was very uptight about being a gay actor. I thought it would make me less hirable.
John Glover
I just thank the people who took part in our graduated drivers task force, who came with their thoughts and ideas as to how we can best keep our roads safe, and it has paid off.
Jesse White
I graduated college valedictorian, got an M.A. from Columbia University in Spanish literature at the age of twenty-two, and still couldn’t answer the question ‘What do you want to do with your life?’
Jedediah Bila
Most of my life I didn’t feel very normal. There’s definitely been some moments where I feel like, all right, I’ve finally graduated and I’m a normal lady.
Maya Rudolph
I ended up going to college for visual arts but moved up to New York after I graduated from college in 2006 and started going gung ho to the Upright Citizens Brigade, and I realized that that was what I was really interested in and what I really wanted to do.
Abbi Jacobson
I got my Actors’ Equity card officially by playing Nana the dog in ‘Peter Pan’ at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. That was the first show I did as a full-fledged, dues-paying member; I earned points in my MFA program, then went into the company after I graduated.
Norbert Leo Butz
When I graduated from high school, the teacher said I was throwing my life away following music, and the same teacher invited me back to speak at the school. I don’t say that to brag, I just want to be an example.
Big Sean
When I graduated from law school in 1959, there wasn’t a single woman on any federal bench. It wouldn’t be a realistic ambition for a woman to want to become a federal judge. It wasn’t realistic until Jimmy Carter became our president.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I graduated high school, and I always wanted to go to college, but I also really wanted to work at a young age. At 18, I was pitching talk show ideas to different networks. I was a journalist.
Lily Collins
At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months I filled my gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin.
Rita Levi-Montalcini
When I graduated, everyone was like, ‘You got to do pop and R&B to make it,’ like very contemporary pop and R&B. I tried for a little while, but I just realized my voice wasn’t quite fitting some of the records that I was doing.
Andra Day
I barely graduated high school.
Cody Garbrandt
My mom was a beautician in her early days, and then my parents decided that one of them needed to go to school in order to build the future. So my mom started going to college when I was in eighth grade, and she graduated when I was a freshman in college.
Julie Sweet
My parents always got a kick out of my art. I was always able to make them laugh. As I got older, I remember the thrill I got when I graduated from making my classmates laugh to making adults laugh. Kind of a watershed moment.
Steve Breen
When I grew up in Tasmania, you thought that London was home. You waited to go to England as soon as you graduated, in my case on a ship bound for London via Genoa.
Christopher Koch
By the time Clinton graduated from Yale Law School, many people, including her boyfriend Bill, believed she could, and should, embark on a political career. She’d given the Wellesley commencement speech that had earned her a ‘Life’ write-up of her own.
Rebecca Traister
In 1960, when I graduated from college, people told me a woman couldn’t go to law school. And when I graduated from law school, people told me, ‘Law firms won’t hire you.’
Janet Reno
I’ve always been a part-time model since I graduated from high school. I was hired by one of the major agencies, Wilhelmina in New York, so I modeled there and played basketball during the school season.
Nia Jax
VW has held a beloved place in American culture. When I graduated from college, many of my friends drove across the country, and most hit the road in a VW van or Bug. Through the years, these cars have represented youth, freedom and quirkiness.
Frances Beinecke
I graduated with about 23 people, so if you were the least bit athletic, you kind of had to play everything. So I played baseball, basketball, football, ran track, and played golf.
Cole Swindell
After I graduated, I moved to Washington with a packed

After I graduated, I moved to Washington with a packed car and the promise of an eight-week internship at the Daily Caller. Things turned out well.
Kaitlan Collins
I got married at 19 and graduated from a commuter college in Texas that cost $50 a semester. The way I see it, I’m a janitor’s daughter who became a public school teacher, a professor, and a United States Senator. America is truly a country of opportunity!
Elizabeth Warren
When I graduated from Brown, I had a very limited conception of jobs, careers, and what I wanted to do. Basically, I figured I should do some kind of thought work that paid well, but I wasn’t sure what.
Andrew Yang
We started Good Neighbor in like 2006? Right around the time that Kyle graduated college. And I was doing freelance editing.
Dave McCary
I wanted to be Jimi Hendrix’s drummer when I was in high school, but I graduated in 1970, the year he died.
Narada Michael Walden
When I started law school in 2010, I would have called myself an atheist. When I graduated law school in 2013, I was exploring my faith again. A lot changed in those three years.
J. D. Vance
I went out to visit Dorsey Burnette, after I graduated high school.
Jimmy Griffin
I graduated from Wayne State University, but there’s a whole lot you don’t learn in school.
Sixto Rodriguez
When I graduated high school, I was one of many English-majors-to-be traveling through Europe with a copy of ‘Let’s Go Europe’ in one hand, ‘Anna Karenina’ in the other, a Eurail pass for a bookmark.
Maria Semple
I auditioned for ‘Girls’ the fall after I graduated from Yale. The show has been amazing – as close to perfect as it gets!
Allison Williams
But it wasn’t until I graduated from Texas A & M University and joined the United States Air Force, flying C-130’s all around the globe, that I truly appreciated the blessings of freedom.
Rick Perry
Soon after I graduated from Columbia University grad school, the war in Iraq started. I was a young freelance journalist with no experience in conflict zones but I wanted to be close to it, so I moved to Syria.
Mariana van Zeller
One thing my fans might not know about me is that when I graduated from college I went to work for a plumbing company, and so I was pretty much a full time plumber.
Summer Rae
I should hope I dress differently at 25 than I did when I graduated high school. I hope I never stop changing.
Blake Lively
I thought I’d be doing weird, Off Broadway theater after I graduated.
Laura Harrier
Thanks to my mother, I graduated. But then we lost everything, we were homeless.
Shannon Briggs
I went to university in Leeds, and I graduated in 2016 and moved to London with the intention of applying to drama school. I was living at my friend’s house; then, I was working as a live-in nanny for a couple of months because I had nowhere else to live.
Emma Mackey
My dad was the manager at the 45,000-acre ranch, but he owned his own 1,200-acre ranch, and I owned four cattle that he gave to me when I graduated from grammar school, from the eighth grade. And those cows multiplied, and he kept track of them for years for me. And that was my herd.
Dave Brubeck
I had a band with David Gates. There was just a lot of opportunity at that time. But I left for Los Angeles the week after I graduated high school, and I actually left to try to get into the advertising business. That was really why I went out to L.A. My music career was almost an accident.
Leon Russell
When I came out when I was 18, and I graduated from high school, and I felt like that was the time to officially say it, I surprised zero people in my family.
Andrew Rannells
I grew up thinking that I would be an ambassador secret agent. From age 14 to right before I graduated college, I was really interested in the foreign service and the United Nations. I learned to speak French, Turkish, and all these things.
Kathryn Minshew
Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.
Erma Bombeck
I joined an improv group in college, which was a lot of fun. After I graduated, I moved to Chicago to try to get into the Second City.
Steve Carell
As an actor, there are places you can live, and when I graduated from school, it was either New York or L.A., and I liked the East Coast. That’s why I ended up in New York.
Julianne Moore
When I graduated I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want a conventional career.
Charlie Trotter
I graduated from Jones College, man, in Jacksonville, Florida, baby! I couldn’t get in anywhere else, man. I was the worst student ever. I couldn’t get in anywhere else. My father insisted I go to college, so I graduated, made the dean’s list and everything.
Joe Piscopo
Well, my parents originally wanted me to become a doctor – that’s why I was in school; I was pre-med, and I graduated with a degree in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience. Really, the plan was for me to go to med school.
Steven Yeun
After I graduated from Brandeis, I took all the money I had in the world, which was $5,000, and I made a short film. I made every mistake you could possibly make. It was a total disaster as a piece of work, and yet, you know, it was ambitious in some way.
Marshall Herskovitz
My mom graduated from the University of Michigan, which is a great school. Then she got her Master’s from NYU. She wanted to be an actress, so when she graduated, she had a dream, and she started following it. She moved to New York and took acting classes with people like Denzel Washington.
Big Sean
When I graduated from high school, I thought I wanted to make science fiction movies, so I applied to film school, but I couldn’t get in. A professor told me I should try architecture instead.
Ma Yansong
I always wanted to help people. I graduated from college and applied to a couple of police departments, Omaha and Denver, because I liked Denver a lot. It turns out they liked me and accepted me right away. I got hired both places, but I wanted to try fighting.
Benson Henderson
A man who graduated high in his class at Yale Law Schoo

A man who graduated high in his class at Yale Law School and made partnership in a top law firm would be celebrated. A man who invested wisely would be admired, but a woman who accomplishes this is treated with suspicion.
Barbra Streisand
I graduated from college with a 3.92 GPA with a degree in computer programming and a BFA in fine arts and animation. My first job was painting a mural in the Grimaldi’s in Queens.
I graduated high school and I didn’t have a skill set and I didn’t want to go to college. I needed a job.
Amy Adams
When I graduated from university I tried to buy a beeper, and it cost me $250. My pay at the time was $10 a month.
Jack Ma
I had graduated high school early, and my thought was to become a hospice nurse.
Tyler Henry
I received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, then graduated with a masters in nuclear engineering.
Lonnie Johnson
I was given this music programme called Cubase, one of the first multi-layering programmes, when I was seven, and I graduated to Logica at 11, and that became my primary instrument.
Jacob Collier
Mum eventually graduated with a City & Guilds certificate that hung proudly on our living room wall throughout my childhood.
David Lammy
I had a great deal of confidence when I graduated from Berkeley. I had almost none when I was at Princeton. After a while, when people tell you you can’t do something because you’re a woman, you begin to believe maybe they’re right.
Margaret Geller
I graduated from university with a degree in architecture and then ended up doing a series of internships with different firms. And once I was in an office environment, I realized that at school what I was doing was 98 percent creative, 2 percent makework, but in the real world, it was the other way around.
Daniel Wu
I didn’t really get into acting until halfway through college. Once I graduated I pursued it professionally, but it wasn’t like I was always an actress.
Kelly Rohrbach
I graduated. I did History of Art, you know, all those things – American Studies – and then I went to art school, and I did Joseph Alvarez in the art school.
Peter Beard
I was homeschooled on the road for kindergarten, then went to elementary school and a private Christian school while living with my grandparents until I graduated, and I loved it. But my parents were gone a lot.
Hillary Scott
I graduated high school, and I did my internship at Dove in their public relations department because I thought I wanted to be in PR, which turns out I did not. It was right when they were coming out with the Campaign for Real Beauty, so I got an inside view on the whole thing.
Katherine Schwarzenegger
I realized that a lot of people in my family had sacrificed for me to have the opportunity to go to a place like Duke. I owed it to them to finish. I graduated with a 3.6.
Mike Posner
I attended schools in Seattle through the University of Washington, from which I was graduated in 1931. I spent the next year at Northwestern University.
George Stigler
I always wanted to have my own album released before I graduated from high school.
Christina Aguilera
I graduated college, my degree is in theatre, so I went to Chicago and tried to get into the theatre scene up there, but it was real hard to break in and find paying work.
Christopher Daniels
I got my masters in social sciences and education at Stanford, and initially – this is back in 2002 or 2003 when I graduated – I wanted to move to D.C. and work on education reform, specifically with No Child Left Behind.
Jessica Mendoza
I used to impersonate people a lot when I was very young. But the good Lord gives us teachers to make fun of first. And then, of course, by college, I eventually graduated to a more sophisticated kind of comedy more people were familiar with.
James Adomian
I had teachers in high school to point me in the direction of the University of Indiana School of Music, and after IU, I went on to study at the Academy of Arts in Philadelphia. I graduated in 2006.
Ailyn Perez
No one in my family graduated from college until my brother did, and then I did.
Shannon Sharpe
I had no idea when I graduated from high school and then from graduate school what I wanted to do with my life. I had no idea that I was ever going to be an actor.
Peter Falk
Well… I graduated from the business school of Northumberland University in Newcastle.
Alexei Mordashov
My dad was going to graduate school at Columbia, in New York, so we moved there. After he graduated, we ended up settling in New York, so I grew up there.
Lisa Su
I’d liked this girl all through high school. After we graduated, we got together for a while, but she left me for another man.
Percy Sledge
I graduated college and moved back home, started helping my dad, did landscaping for a living.
Chris Lane
I wanted to race cars. I didn’t like school, and all I wanted to do was work on cars. But right before I graduated, I got into a really bad car accident, and I spent that summer in the hospital thinking about where I was heading. I decided to take education more seriously and go to a community college.
George Lucas
I graduated from high school at 165 pounds, so twice a year, I get back to that number – I never let it get to 172-73. Then I go back to doubling the cardio. This week, I’m on a complete liquid diet, a juice fast. It keeps me lean and hungry.
Don Felder
I broke out of my shell once I graduated from high school and got into college in my first year.
Raheem DeVaughn
I actually graduated from the Chicago Academy for the Arts. I think John Cusack did as well.
Cecily Strong
I went to a college prep high school in St. Louis, Miss

I went to a college prep high school in St. Louis, Missouri. When I graduated from school, I owned this thing called the Headmaster’s Cup, and the Headmaster’s Cup is for the student who exemplifies the spirit of the institution and is recognized by the faculty and administration.
Sterling K. Brown
I took acting classes in college, and once I graduated, I decided to give acting a shot when I couldn’t really think of anything else to do. It took me a couple of years to get an agent, and my first big break was The Fanelli Boys, which was a sitcom on NBC. Then I did a few television movies.
Christopher Meloni
I signed my first film soon after I graduated from college. So, my real struggle started after my first film didn’t do too well. But I believe failure only makes you stronger.
Kiara Advani
I was very serious about being a priest, twice in my life. Almost joined the Montfort Seminary after I graduated from high school. Almost went back in the seminary during college.
Rudy Giuliani
I’ve always been a huge proponent for education; I graduated high school at 14 years old and graduated college at 17 years old.
Katherine McNamara
I was educated at Bradfield College and Oxford, where I graduated in 1939.
Martin Ryle
I chose commerce while at school, but didn’t get admission for B.Com in any college, based on my marks. Hence, I decided to pursue History Honours, which I eventually graduated in, from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.
Bhuvan Bam
I chose biochemistry as my major and graduated after 4 years with an Honours degree in Biochemistry. During that time, I had come to love biochemistry research, although I was just getting my feet wet in laboratory research.
Elizabeth Blackburn
By the time I graduated, I was the drum major, the highest-ranking officer, and third in my class.
Joe Morton
I graduated with a B.A. in philosophy, and it was by far the best major I could have taken in college.
Katy Tur
Though I graduated from Vanderbilt, I was born into a family of crazed University of Oklahoma football fans and became one.
Skip Bayless
Me, I was waiting tables of 13 and married at 19. I graduated from public schools, and taught elementary school.
Elizabeth Warren
I had a lot of success from the start. I never really was tested for long periods of time. I got my first professional job while I was a senior in college. I signed with the William Morris Agency before I graduated.
Denzel Washington
From the time I was 16, I wanted to live in Paris. When I graduated college and didn’t have a job, I went to take the LSAT because I didn’t know what else to do. I walked out in the middle of the test and eventually found an internship in Paris at L’Oreal.
Maureen Chiquet
I was going to college on a full scholarship. I graduated summa cum laude. I was always on the dean’s list. I was never a kid that started any kind of trouble.
Kerby Jean-Raymond
Most of the discrimination I have encountered centered on the view that I am not a part of this great nation, even though I grew up in Ohio, graduated from law school in Washington, D.C., and received my commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1991.
Ted Lieu
I didn’t expect to have music as my main thing. I always thought I was going to be a lawyer. When I graduated, I was doing really well with my music in Malaysia. I had stable income, and I had really good momentum in the music industry, so I had to make a decision whether to stop that and continue being a lawyer.
I moved to New York in ’92 and got my graduate degree in acting from NYU – they have a great acting program. I graduated in ’95.
David Costabile
I was a poor kid. I grew up watching film and television but primarily television. And I graduated high school, and I knew I wanted to go to college because nobody in my family had. So I was like, ‘I’ll go and be a theater major.’
Cress Williams
Acting was absolutely my first focus. I graduated high school in L.A., and two weeks afterwards, I moved to New York City, and I got a job in a mail room, and I got an agent, doing what actors do, with head shots and all the rest of it.
David Cassidy
When I graduated from college in early 2010, I decided that I needed to create a calling card, some kind of business card that people can link to my name and face. So I did this ‘Mad Men Theme Song… With a Twist’ music video. I released it just as I moved to L.A.
Allison Williams
By the fourth grade, I graduated to an erector set and spent many happy hours constructing devices of unknown purpose where the main design criterion was to maximize the number of moving parts and overall size.
Steven Chu
I graduated college in 2010, I thought I’d go to grad school then and I was accepted under a different program and I ended up moving away and pursuing fighting instead of graduate school, but I knew I always wanted to do it.
Tecia Torres
In 1980, when I graduated from high school, my goal was to be on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson at least once before our ten-year class reunion. Our class reunion was in June of 1990, and I was on ‘The Tonight Show’ in April 1990, so I made it by a few months.
Jeff Dunham
After I graduated, I didn’t have the resources to go to the studio, which is why I then went to social media.
I graduated from Kellogg. I studied social enterprise.
Roshni Nadar
The year after I graduated from high school, they came to shoot ‘Mr. and Mrs. Bridge’ in Kansas City.
Jason Wiles
I don’t know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.
Al McGuire
I am part of a vast generation of people who perpetually live as if they just graduated from college.
Jonathan Ames
In the 1940s, about 20% of people in the U.S. had graduated from high school, but less than 5% continued their education to get bachelors’ degrees or higher.
Peter Diamandis
Once I graduated from NYU, I started making custom vintage tees for my friends and it just took off from there.
Charlotte Ronson
I just went to Harvard a little while, because I gradua

I just went to Harvard a little while, because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and then I went up there but I didn’t stay that long because I went into show business.
Billy Eckstine
At school, I wrote in the style of the Dutch composers. After I graduated, a new style set in.
Krzysztof Penderecki
I started in law school in ’71 and graduated in ’74. So I was training for the Olympics, running or averaging around 20 miles a day and going to law school full time.
Frank Shorter
I never graduated from college. While I was in a mass communication class at North Texas State University, I was on the air weekends in Dallas and knew more about major-market radio than the guy teaching. When I told him that, he failed me.
Elvis Duran
I was in my early twenties. I was 22-ish. I graduated from college and went right into teaching. The first year, I taught in Indiana at a couple schools, and then I moved over to Chicago.
Craig Robinson
I learned HTML in high school and then graduated to CSS. It’s a great way to exercise my mind. But it’s frustrating as hell.
Chris Bosh
I was very successful, and I graduated with honors. And then I called my dad, who still lives in London, and I said, ‘Dad, thanks for college, but I’m going to go act now.’ It didn’t go over very well.
Nazanin Boniadi
When I graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, I made my way back to San Diego, which is where I was born. And I saw WWE Divas on television, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh my goodness, that is our calling.’
Brie Bella
I made a promise to myself when I graduated from law school that I would never do anything that I didn’t enjoy doing, and almost every day of the year since that June of 1963, I have awakened glad that I was going to work, glad that I was going to court, glad that I was going to grapple with a problem.
Janet Reno
When I was in high school at the age of 17 – I graduated from high school in Decatur, Georgia, as valedictorian of my high school – I was very proud of myself.
Stacey Abrams
The first job I ever had in my life was in the Dade County Sheriff’s Office in the Identification Bureau in the summer that I graduated from high school and was getting ready to go to college.
Janet Reno
When I graduated from Brown after majoring in women’s studies, I made my first PBS documentary, ‘Women of Substance.’ My first feature documentary was called ‘American Hollow,’ which I did for HBO and was at the Sundance Film Festival.
Rory Kennedy
I actually didn’t finish NYU. I would have, but I was lucky enough to get my foot in the door before I graduated.
Simon Helberg
I graduated from the American Film Institute in 2010, where I studied as a director, and came out with a few features I really wanted to make.
Ari Aster
When I graduated college I needed to make money while I was pursuing acting, so I read screenplays and made a living writing coverage on them for studios.
Sasha Alexander
I was a piano performance major at USC. I left before I graduated because I realized at some point I wasn’t going to be a concert pianist and I was too attracted to popular music.
James Newton Howard
I don’t have a college degree, and my father didn’t have a college degree, so when my son, Zachary, graduated from college, I said, ‘My boy’s got learnin’!’
Robin Williams
At some point, I talked about how I had never graduated college. I dropped out my sophomore year to start MercyMe 21 years ago. Part of the reason was I felt like I was treading water.
Bart Millard
When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.
Ray Bradbury
After I graduated from college, while traveling around Europe, hitchhiking, doing the tourist thing, I went into a church in Dublin.
Frederica Mathewes-Green
When I graduated, I was director of my school’s sketch comedy group, and I knew that I wanted to be writing and performing my own sketch comedy. It kind of made me want to do my own one-person sketch group.
Rachel Bloom
My parents supported me through university, and after I graduated, I got a job as an analyst at a price comparison website called
Rachel Riley
After I graduated from Tuskegee with a masters in nuclear engineering, the draft was on so I signed up for ROTC. I figured if I had to go into the military, I’d rather go in as an officer.
Lonnie Johnson
Had the people who started Facebook decided to stay at Harvard, they would not have been able to build the company, and by the time they graduated in 2006, that window probably would have come and gone.
Peter Thiel
My dad is now a federal judge, but when he started off, he graduated from the top law school in Texas and couldn’t get a job.
Rachel Lindsay
When I graduated from college in the spring of 1970, I decided to hitchhike around Europe with my guitar and my backpack. I was gone for about four months.
John Oates
Lady Diana Spencer looked to relatively unknown designers – David and Elizabeth Emanuel, recently graduated from the Royal College of Art – when she wed Prince Charles in 1981.
Hamish Bowles
I graduated from Bowdoin College and went to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Then I left and took a job teaching really poor inner-city white kids in Boston. It was interesting to me because I’d never been around poor whites before.
Geoffrey Canada
I graduated high school early, and I moved to New York before I even knew I was going to college or anything.
Scott Evans
I don’t necessarily think that when I graduated college, I had a plan to work at an ad agency. I had a plan in terms of getting the best job I could, like, just whatever normal job.
Lil Dicky
I graduated college with a 3.5 GPA, when I came into college barely able to get in.
Ashlyn Harris
I had a great time in high school. I really did. I went

I had a great time in high school. I really did. I went to a private Christian high school and I graduated in a class of 67 kids, so it was pretty small, and I knew and loved everybody.
Odette Annable
I have studied and graduated out of Delhi. I moved to Mumbai after graduation.
Angad Bedi
I was 5-foot-8 when I graduated high school, but then I shot up to 6-foot-4 and got more into playing basketball.
Kevin Nealon
My mother graduated from high school at 15 and went to work to support the family because the eldest son went to college.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When I started, there were no Indians on television or films, except for Sir Ben Kingsley. I was an actor in high school, college, and I played leads. And when I graduated, I knew that I couldn’t go to Hollywood and audition for shows or films. I could try, but where was the evidence that it was going to happen?
Jay Chandrasekhar
In college, where I graduated with a Fashion Merch & Business & Bachelors of Science Degree, I was bored. I just couldn’t work a nine-to-five job.
Dana Brooke
I went to a public high school with a magnet program for law and psychology. But right before my junior year, I decided that I wanted to leave and become an actress, so I graduated early and moved out to L.A.
Ashley Greene
I graduated from high school early so I could move to New York to do ‘A Little Night Music’ out of the New York City Opera.
Anna Kendrick
Even Gaddafi’s adversaries assure us that he stood out for his intelligence as a student; he was expelled from high-school for his anti-monarchic activities. He managed to enroll in another high-school and later graduated in law at the University of Benghazi at the age of 21.
Fidel Castro
I have a U.P. connection as my mother had graduated from the Aligarh Muslim University.
The Millennials graduated into the worst jobs market in 80 years. That did not just mean a few years of high unemployment, or a couple years living in their parents’ basements. It meant a full decade of lost wages.
Annie Lowrey
When I graduated high school, I was 6-5 and 305. I think I swallowed a magic bean pill.
Braun Strowman
When I got to law school, I didn’t do very well. To put it mildly, I didn’t do very well. I, in fact, graduated in the part of my law school class that made the top 90% possible.
Daniel H. Pink
I tried to get as far away from home as possible after I graduated from high school because I had a hard time being a kid.
Catherine Opie
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree, $60,000 in debt, and due to have a baby in a month.
Stephanie Land
This man used to go to school with his dog. Then they were separated. His dog graduated!
Henny Youngman
Interesting enough, we had a reunion of the 12 of us who graduated, right? The only one who wasn’t there was the guy who became a priest, and he was literally in prison in Libya, for being a Catholic priest. Isn’t that interesting? Everybody else made the reunion but that guy.
Peter Jurasik
After high school, I drove out to L.A. with a friend of mine who had just graduated also, and I started auditioning. I got an agent, but it was all ‘Saved By the Bell’ auditions.
Casey Affleck
I’m actually one of the few kids in my grade, especially girls, who didn’t end up going to college, just because I already knew what I wanted to do. I had already been actively working in music before I graduated.
Alex Winston
I had already drafted the manuscript that would become my first book by the time I graduated from college, but I had no idea what to do with it.
Eula Biss
Playing the quarterback position, there are so many things you need to master that improvement ends up taking place on graduated levels.
Aaron Rodgers
I studied writing at NYU. I graduated high school in Nashville and then went to the creative writing program, and in the first year, that’s when I wrote ‘Kids.’
Harmony Korine
When I graduated from college, I thought I was losing my hair. And I started looking into hair transplants. I was talking to my mom. My mom said, ‘You’re crazy. You have so much hair.’ It was a real lesson in your mind playing tricks on you. You can make your mind think anything is happening.
Will Forte
I played my first ever Test in Kingston in 1990. I’d just graduated from Durham University and there I was, at Sabina Park, playing Test cricket.
Nasser Hussain