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16 Encouraging Graduation Bible Verses for the Graduate in Your Life

Do you remember those days before graduation?  Were you excited, scared, relieved, proud?  I don’t know about you, but I want my graduate to step into their new life with God by their side, seeking His will, His direction, and His companionship. 

Hopefully, this collection of encouraging graduation Bible verses will bless your graduate with the knowledge and peace that comes only from God.

a group of graduates tossing their graduation caps in the air

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Graduation Blessings from the Bible

What is a good bible verse for graduation? Any verse of scripture that you can pray over the new graduate to bless their future is perfect!

We use the term “blessing” pretty freely in Christian circles.  We consider anything good that happens in our lives to be “a blessing”. 

In Hebrew, the word for blessing is “barakah” which means “a transmittal of God’s favor”.  To “baruch” is to kneel beside someone and empower them to prosper and thrive.

Does this remind you of Jacob and Esau both wanting Isaac’s blessing? 

Another amazing blessing is found in Genesis 48 and 49 when Jacob blesses each of his sons as well as Joseph’s two sons.  It provides a prophecy of sorts which can be seen unfolding throughout the Bible and history.

While there are no specific graduation blessings in the Bible, Scripture is full of graduation blessings that are appropriate for those beginning the next chapter of their lives. 

‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  (Numbers 6:24-26)

This is the traditional Jewish blessing and it makes me smile every time. 

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Can you wish anyone something more comforting and encouraging than the knowledge that they are loved by God and are in His hands? 

Scripture is full of verses for graduates!  When we wish to encourage young people in both their faith and their future, we can focus on three different areas.

  • God is always with you
  • Seek God’s will and direction
  • Remember God has a plan for your life

Know God is Always with You

Undoubtedly, your graduate has already faced obstacles and insecure times in life.  This is an important reminder to look back at how God has helped them and look ahead in the knowledge that they are not alone in the trials that come in the future.

These graduation blessings will remind them that God is always with them.

  • 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)
  •  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  •  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  (Philippians 4:13)

Seek God’s Will and Direction

We want our graduates to be successful, but as Christians, we know that true success comes only from being in God’s will and giving control over to him. 

When we are full of dreams and ambitions we often run ahead of God.  Reminding our young people to wait on the Lord and seek His will for their lives in the only sure way of success.

Related: 40 Encouraging Verses About Choices and Making Wise Decisions

These graduation blessings will remind them to always seek God's will and direction instead of trying to make it alone.

  • 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)
  • Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path  (Psalm 119:105)
  • Listen to advice and accept discipline, and in the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.  (Proverbs 19:20-21)

God has a plan for your life

Do you remember the old Michael W. Smith song “My Place in this World”?  Periods of wondering if God has a plan for our lives and what that plan is are normal. The Bible holds encouragement for seasons of doubt and waiting.

These graduation blessings will remind that that God truly has a plan for their live.

  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  (Psalm 20:4)
  • Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 1:6)

Bible Verses for Graduation

So, what is a good Bible verse for graduation? Here are a few more Bible verses for graduation blessings that focus on hard work.

  • The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.  (Proverbs 21:5)
  • 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)
  • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  (Colossians 3:23-24)
  • Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Watching our babies grow into intelligent, functioning adults is a roller coaster ride for sure.  Learning to let go of your graduate and hand their future over to God is nothing short of terrifying.  Am I right? 

I pray that not only have you found the right graduation Bible verse for the young adult in your life but that you have found encouragement and hope as well.


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