Bible Verses to Inspire Graduates

It’s that time of year when students get to wear the cap and gown and walk down the aisle to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance. Are you looking for the right words to inspire, encourage or challenge them? I’ve been working with students as a church youth director for a few years and am blessed to send them off with prayers and a message from the Word. These are some of my favorite Bible verses to share with young people moving onto the next season of their life’s journey.

…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV) – Joshua 1:9

When kids leave home for college it may be their first time away from the family. This verse speaks to their fears of what is ahead and gives them the courage to face them. God will be wherever they go, protecting, providing and guiding them.

…but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not grow faint. (KJV) – Isaiah 40:31

This is the verse I shared with my oldest son when he graduated last spring. He had worked so very hard to gain a scholarship to the school he wanted to go to. When he was granted the scholarship it was with the stipulation that he needed to maintain a high GPA the four years he will be attending. I thought he would become overwhelmed and discouraged over time. This verse reminds him during finals that with God’s help he can accomplish his goals.

…”For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT) – Jeremiah 29:11

Everyone needs to know that God has a plan for their lives. It gives us the hope to carry on. In a world where things are getting more difficult daily, whether it’s financial challenges, environmental disasters, terrorist threats, students need to know there is still a future God has planned just for them.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (NIV) – Proverbs 4:6-7

My hope is that my students will be wise adults. I often pray that they will learn to do the right thing through my lectures and not have to learn through life labs. If they can gain and respect wisdom they will be able to avoid many of the rough circumstances other go through. Wisdom can be a guardian to them.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJ) – Phil. 4:13

If a student is looking to Christ for everything, then Christ can strengthen them for whatever is ahead. This verse reminds young people facing their future to lean on Christ and He will supply what they need.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT) – Proverbs 3:5-6

Not everyone knows what their future holds or which direction to go in after graduation. This verse brings peace. If the path before your student is not clear encourage them to seek God’s will and He will supply what they need.