Though it may not seem like it just now with snow still on the ground and frost still coating your windows in the morning, May is just around the corner. What once marked the end of the school year and the beginning of summer has become, as we made the transition to adults, simply a sign of warm weather to come and, for those of us who are moms, a warning that we need to find childcare options for our children. With that on our minds, it can be easy to forget another of the big changes May signifies. For high schoolers and college students across the world, May is a momentous month with one big word emblazoned across it: Graduation.
The likelihood that you know someone who’s graduating this May are high. If it’s someone significant, like a spouse, a sibling, or a child, you may want to get a unique graduation gift that shows them how much they mean to you.
Customized leather keychains are the perfect graduation gift for the special people in your life. These unique, stylish gifts are great for guys or girls. They can hook onto their car keys, room keys, or backpacks. As they move onto the next stage in their lives they can bring a piece of home with them—a tangible reminder of the people who support them the most.
Not sure what to put on your graduate’s custom keychain? Try one of these great, graduation-worthy messages.
Anything from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
We all know that Dr. Seuss is a literary genius. His silly and whimsical stories have inspired generations of children. Of all of his books, however, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! has the most fodder for the young graduate. There are so many quotes to choose from that you can almost flip to any page of the book and find something to use. For a classic quote, however, try:
This quote has made its way into much of the graduation world because it says exactly what people are thinking on this momentous occasion. Graduates are taking their first step into the rest of their lives, and this quote is bursting with all the enthusiasm and excitement associated with this transition.
J.K. Rowling’s Advice to Harvard Graduates
Some of the best inspirational quotes have come from the mind of J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series that stole the hearts of millions. But in 2008 she gave a speech at Harvard in which she gave some of the most poignant advice of all:
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
A lifetime of receiving trophies simply for participating in activities has ensured that our children are ill-prepared for the lifetime of healthy failures they’ll face in the real world. Rowling’s advice to graduates is a reminder that failure is a part of life, and though it should not necessarily be sought, when it comes it should be embraced as an opportunity for learning and growing.
Wendy Mass’s quote from The Candymakers
The movie “Wonder” has brought this quote into mainstream affectation, listing it as one of the precepts of kindness and tolerance in Mr. Browne’s class. Originally, however, it came from the book the Candymakers by Wendy Mass. The quote is this:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
Life is hard. As adults, it’s easy to think that today’s young graduates have it easy, with no mortgage payments to worry about or children to get on the bus in the morning. In truth, stress rates in college are at an all-time high. Young adults are getting their first jobs, experiencing their first heartbreaks, and learning how to navigate their first real-world responsibilities. If your graduate is making the transition from high school to college, this quote will have the dual ability to remind them to choose kindness in their interactions with others and to let them know, as they face their own battles, that they are not alone.
Steve Jobs’ Quote on Taking Chances
There are many definitions of success. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, fits most of those definitions. His advice packs an extra punch of poignancy because of how far he’s come on his own merit.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
At graduation, it’s easy for students to look out and see their entire lives stretched out in front of them. As adults, we know that time passes far more quickly than we anticipated at eighteen or twenty-one. This quote is a great reminder to follow one’s dreams and to care about what personal success looks like rather than what success looks like to someone else.