25 Best Graduation Instagram Captions

Final exams are in, the thesis is complete, and friends are about to embark on new adventures. There’s just one last thing to check off after all your hard work: graduation! As you open some sweet congratulatory graduation cards, unwrap the requisite graduation gifts, and throw an awesome graduation party (while possibly shedding a few tears), don’t forget to document the moment. You’ll want to commemorate one of life’s major turning points with at least a few photos posted to Instagram and with the best graduation captions, of course!

And if you’re a parent like Ree Drummond, graduation day is sure to be a tear-jerker. When her eldest boy Bryce graduated high school early, Ree couldn’t believe how the years had flown by. “This is happening, friends… and it’s happening fast! Excuse me while I go cry for nine thousand years,” she said.

All jokes aside, graduation can be a proud, funny, and emotional time not only for the graduates but for everyone around them—particularly, if they’re the first person in the family to obtain that degree. Ahead, we’ve rounded up cute and funny captions and inspiring graduation quotes for all you or your child’s most memorable moments, whether it’s a high school, college, or a master’s program graduation.

Funny Graduation Captions

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  • Some graduate with honors, I am just honored to graduate.
  • This tassel was worth the hassle.
  • Very proud, but very tired. Can I take a nap now?
  • Let me put that “hire me” sign on my front lawn now.

    Cute Graduation Captions

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    • Con-grad-ulations—we did it!
    • school’s out forever!
    • I couldn’t have done this without my number one fans: Mom and Dad.
    • Still processing the last few years, but for now, there’s just this: Joy and the warm memory of a singular community.
    • Excited to see where all these brainiacs go!
    • Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

      Inspirational Graduation Captions

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      • Failure is an inevitable step toward success. Now, I’m ready to go make some mistakes.
      • All paths are different, and I’m excited to see where this crazy life takes me.
      • May your cap fly as high as your dreams.
      • Stretch out your branches like the tallest tree because you’re free to choose your path.
      • It’s time to plant the seeds of hope and a new, brighter future.

        Graduation Captions Inspired by Quotes

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        • “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” -Oscar Wilde
        • “How lucky I am to have something, that makes saying goodbye so hard.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
        • “Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.” —Ritu Ghatourey
        • “Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde
        • “And now, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” —Dumbledore (JK Rowling)

          Song Lyrics About Graduation to Use as Captions

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          • “So just think of your future, think of a new life, don’t get lost in the memories, keep your eyes on a new prize.” —Paramore
          • “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold. And while you’re out there getting where you ‘re getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too. Yeah, this is my wish.” —Rascal Flatts
          • Ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.” —Miley Cyrus
          • “It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your life.” —Green
          • “Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.” —Natasha Bedingfield

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