What are some good quotes for an eighth grade graduation?


Carol Burnett once said, "We don't stop going to school when we graduate," and this is a great quote for an eighth grade graduation speech. William Butler Yeats' quote, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire," is also a great quote to include. However, for something lighter, any of Dr. Seuss' lines from "Oh, the Places You'll Go" are suitable to use.

According to Susan Howard, principal of Briarcliff Middle School, students enter middle school as kids, but they leave as young adults. Quotes for an eighth grade graduation speech should honor that transition and wish the children good luck as young adults. Henry David Thoreau's words, "Do not worry if you have built castles in the air... Now put foundations under them," addresses the transition from childhood to adulthood and is a great quote to include in a graduation speech.

When choosing a quote, the speaker may want to consider how eighth grade has changed over the years. Prior to the 1950s, eighth grade graduation signified that a person was ready for a blue collar job, and many students actually left school at that time. In modern times, students are not ready to leave school after eighth grade but their graduation is a notable milestone and the gateway to high school. For these reasons, any quotes that encourage the student to keep learning are a good choice.

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