Prayers For Graduation

Graduation is getting a diploma or academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated with it, in which students become graduates. Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as graduands. The date of graduation is often called graduation day. The graduation ceremony itself is also called commencement, convocation or invocation.

Graduation Invocation Prayer

(suitable for opening the ceremony)

Dear God,

Today we join with heaven as we celebrate and give thanks for every student here. Thank you that each one is unique and brimming with potential.
Thank you for leading them in their learning, for keeping them safe as they studied, and for watching over them in their final exams.
We pray that they may all feel proud this day and enjoy sharing their achievements with family and friends. May today be a memory that burns bright within them as they embark on life’s great adventure.


High School Graduation Prayer

Father, we thank you so much for our time here together
For all the friends we have made
For all the days of laughter and fun
And for all the times of great discovery and learning.
We thank You for all who have given of their energy and skill
So that we can graduate today.
Our teachers and mentors
Our family and loved ones
We thank You for them and give them all to You in prayer.

As this chapter on our life closes, so a new one begins.
We present ourselves like an open book before You.
Come and scribe Your words of life into our lives –
Fill our minds with Your thoughts
Fill our bodies with Your strength
Fill our hearts with Your dreams
That we might eternally love and serve You
This day and every day.

We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit
World without end.

A Prayer For Graduation

Invocation or Closing

Help us to not look forward in fear
to the changes in life;
Rather, may we look to the future with full hope,
because as changes arise,
you will lead us safely through all things,
because we are your very own,
and when we cannot stand it,
You will carry us in Your arms.

With you,
we shall not fear what may happen tomorrow;
because you are the understanding Father
who cares for us today,
and who will care for us tomorrow and every day.

We have faith, O Lord,
That you will either shield us from suffering,
or give us unfailing strength to bear it.
Put us at peace,
and give us the grace 
to put aside all anxious thoughts and images.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
Your Son, and Our Lord. Amen
— Adapted by

Prayers For StudyingCatholic Graduation Prayer

I have knowledge, so will You show me now,
How to use it wisely and find a way somehow 
To make the world I live in a little better place, 
And make life with its problems a little bit easier to face.
Grant me faith and courage and put purpose in my days, 
And show me how to serve Thee in effective ways.
So my education, my knowledge and my skill 
May find their true fulfillment as I learn to do Thy will.
And may I ever be aware in everything I do, 
That knowledge comes from learning, and wisdom comes from You.

Anglican Prayer for Learning

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities [and especially __________], 
that they may be lively centers for
sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

— Prayer for Schools and Colleges, Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.

Graduation hats being tossed by fresh graduates in ISB (Hyderabad, India).

Facing Life: A Prayer on Graduation Day


Lord Jesus, you have said that your followers must be the light to the world*. 
Light propagates itself, dispels darkness. 
It sows rays of joy and hope. It is life­giving. 
Help me, Lord, to be a light to this world, 
so that my life radiate your message of love, hope, and joy. 
May I be the beacon leading to You those who seek truth.


You also said, Lord Jesus, 
that your disciples must be the salt to this earth. 
Salt gives taste to food. 
It retards spoilage. 
It is also a healing agent. 
Lord, may I be the salt 
that takes away the blandness in the routine of living, 
that prevents the rottenness of hatred and greed from expanding around me, 
that brings compassionate healing to anguished souls I encounter. 
Lord, help me to be “worth my salt.” 
And infuse your “saltiness” in me, so that I do not become “flat” and useless.


“Be the leaven to the world,” said You to your friends. 
Bread, a staple of life, and cakes, always present at celebrations, 
would be dull and lifeless without the tiny bit of yeast. 
Without it, the dough remains inert, hard. 
Elsewhere, You also told us to multiply our talents. 
You thus expect that we use the talents you gave us as the leaven to this world. 
Teach me, Lord Jesus, that alone I am insignificant, 
but mixed with the talents of my brothers and sisters, 
I can lift this world out of its insipid mediocrity. 
May I be a bit of leaven in the Bread of Life, 
and a sign of Your celebration in this life and life eternal.


Lord, on this “commencement” day, 
let there be a beginning of my life. 
In the days of darkness, be my Light, 
so that in turn I can radiate your truth and your message of love, hope, and joy. 
In the days of blandness and of blahs, 
Lord, be my Salt, so that in turn I can fend off the corruption, the staleness, the mediocrity around me. 
In the days when I am flat on my back or fall flat on my face, 
Lord, be my Leaven, so that not only can I rise again, 
but also raise the downhearted to the celebration of your Love. 
And Lord, thank You, for the school years, for the talents I received.


* Matthew, 5:13-16 
Adapted from the French by Dr. Chau Thien Phan, Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648-3099: “Prières apostoliques: Lumière, Sel, Levain”, Fernand Lelotte, S.J. Rabboni: Consignes et prières pour mieux servir. Paris: Casterman, 1958, pp. 220-221.)

This prayer is now reprinted in Catholic Family Prayers, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2001, p. 293-4. 

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