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10 Verses for Graduates

It’s the time of year when countless students at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation celebrate the exhilarating milestone of graduation. Yet for many students, graduation can also be daunting as they navigate the uncertainty and challenges of what comes next – whether that’s a new career, further education, or something else. Today, we exhort graduates to take heart and remind them of God’s hand in their lives and futures with these 10 verses.

What the Bible teaches about living a faithful life

Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others.”

A student from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School speaks at a graduation ceremony at the National Shrine.

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Colossians 2:6-7 – “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Micah 6:8 – “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Romans 12:1-2 – “I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” 

What the Bible teaches about trusting God with your future

Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”

Students from Bishop Ireton High School turn their tassels at the end of their commencement ceremony at the Basilica.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Philippians 1:6 – “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

John 16:33 – “I have said this to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution, but take courage: I have conquered the world!”


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