50 Alumni Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of the best alumni quotations and slogans. We've compiled this selection of inspirational alumni quotes. Hopefully, these alumni quotes will keep you motivated not only during hard times but to expand your alumni knowledge!

The Most Famous Alumni Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning. — Orrin Hatch

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises'. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning. — Orrin Hatch

Wherever you go and whatever ends you pursue, you must always fulfill the trust reposed in you by your nation, your parents and your alma mater — Samar Mubarakmand

My alma mater was books, a good library. — Malcolm X

We don't stop going to school when we graduate. — Carol Burnett

Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence. — Pope John Paul II

No other investment yields as great a return as the investment in education. An educated workforce is the foundation of every community and the future of every economy. — Brad Henry

My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. — Malcolm X

During a trip to Iraq last fall, I visited our theater hospital at Balad Air Force Base and witnessed these skilled medical professionals in action and met the brave soldiers whose lives they saved. — Melissa Bean

It doesn't matter if you are a musician, a business leader, a president or a student. We all have a responsibility to give back. — Shakira

Short Alumni Quotes

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  • My junior high was dreadful. I see a lot of my fellow alumni on America's Most Wanted. — Yancy Butler
  • Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance from alumni and other blacks. — Constance Baker Motley
  • We win or the alumni bash in our teeth. (On the dental plan at NC State) — Jim Valvano
  • I'm proud to call myself a Mashable alumnus. — Ben Parr
  • I live to inspire girls, volunteers, Girl Scout staff and alumni — Anna Maria Chavez

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More Alumni Quotes

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I'll watch the kids play, have a big steak with my friends, stay in a nice hotel, sign a lot of autographs, then go back to Vegas and tell my alumni how tough recruiting is. — Jerry Tarkanian

I think the success of any school can be measured by the contribution the alumni make to our national life. — John F. Kennedy

I find that the three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni and parking for the faculty. — Clark Kerr

I think there are white alumni out there who wouldn't mind having an African American president of their school, but would be reluctant to have an African American coach, because he represents the school so. I think it's just sheer backward racism. — Frank DeFord

Perhaps you have heard about the college executives who were discussing what they wanted to do after retirement age. One hoped to run a prison or school of correction so that the alumni would never come back to visit. Another chose to manage an orphan asylum so that he would not be plagued with advice from parents. — Robert H. Jackson

If giving points to some students to achieve greater diversity is a quota system in violation of the Constitution, how can the awarding of points to the children of a less diverse alumni be upheld? — Adam Schiff

We were able to provide housing to all who need it. We've had incredibly generous offers from alumni for housing. — Noel Gallagher

I didn't finish college, which is really weird because they awarded me the Alumni of Distinction recently. — Joely Fisher

Stony Brook is a great school scholastically and I enjoyed my time there. It taught me a lot about life and about the future that I am living now. It is an honor to have graduated from there and to be recognized as an alumnus. — Chris Algieri

I've been excited since I received a phone call from Paul Holmgren inviting me to represent the Flyers and Flyer fans at the alumni game of the Winter Classic weekend. — Eric Lindros

When I look at that record in light of the 1985 job application to the [Ronald] Reagan Justice Department, it's even more troubling.That document lays out an ideological agenda that highlights Judge Samuel Alito in belonging to an alumni group at Princeton that opposed the admission of women and proposed to curb the admission of racial minorities. — Edward Kennedy

Best trumpet: Mike Vax, an alumnus of the Kenton Band, who plays every style with a bright cutting edge, throwing in bop riffs here and there. — Herb Caen

Norwich is a fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the United Kingdom with a school of painters named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest Romanesque cathedrals in the world, and an extraordinary new state-of-the-art library then I have yet to hear of it. — Stephen Fry

The three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty. — Robert Maynard Hutchins

The one thing you've got to say about Columbia is that it has courses that are famous. It has alumni who come back and say it was the best thing they ever did. — William Scott

In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me. — John Wooden

But a funny thing happened four years later. I was invited to play for an alumni team against the Red Wings. — Ted Lindsay

I would answer with the words of the Stasi alumnus Wolfgang Schmidt, who was asked that question: "What about these Americans who say, I have nothing to hide?" And he said, and I quote: "This is very naïve. This is the reason that the government collects the information in the first place to use against you. The only way to prevent that is to prevent the information from being collected in the first place." End quote. — Ray McGovern

I focus on faculty, as opposed to facilities, budgets, endowments or students. I do so because I believe, based on many decades of work as a teacher, a scholar and an administrator, that the quality of the faculty determines the quality of the university. Everything else flows from the quality of the faculty. If the faculty are good, you will attract good students and you will have alumni who will raise funds for you. — Henry Rosovsky

I criticize the NFL in many ways, but I think it's made great strides. I think college basketball, great strides. College football means so much to alumni, doesn't it? It sort of represents the school. It's when you go back; it's at the beginning of the school year. — Frank DeFord

[On affirmative action:] Universities give a boost in admissions for other factors besides race, factors that bring no social benefit, such as athletic ability, celebrity of parents, and alumni connections. It is remarkable how little agitation there is against those practices. — Barbara Bergmann

But that is the way of the place: down our many twisting corridors, one encounters story after story, some heroic, some villainous, some true, some false, some funny, some tragic, and all of them combining to form the mystical, undefinable entity we call the school. Not exactly the building, not exactly the faculty or the students or the alumni - more than all those things but also less, a paradox, an order, a mystery, a monster, an utter joy. — Stephen L. Carter

The alumni of Second City from John Belushi to Martin Short have changed my entire life and brought a new kind of comedy to America and the World. — Bernie Brillstein

Some would argue that the president himself benefited from a form of affirmative action because as a C student, he only got into Yale because his father was a wealthy alumnus. But the White House counters that Saddam is a menace and must be stopped. — Jon Stewart

Kerr's Three Rules for a Successful College: Have plenty of football for the alumni, sex for the students, and parking for the faculty. If law school is so hard to get through, how come there are so many lawyers? — Calvin Trillin

At times God's best pupils experience the most rigorous and continuous courses. Eventually those who prove to be men of Christ will thereby become distinguished alumni of life's school of affliction, graduating with honors. — Neal A. Maxwell

Are you telling me that the polite little note I sent my college alumni magazine has, by some unbeknownst series of errors, come to be printed in The Paper of Record, instead? What a fiasco! — Frank Bruni

...Started by missionaries in 1841, Punahou Academy had grown into a prestigious prep school, an incubator for island elites...It hadn't been easy to get me in, my grandparents told her (my mother); there was a long waiting list, and I was considered only because of the intervention of Gramps' boss, who was an alumnus (my first experience with affirmative action, it seems, had little to do with race). — Barack Obama

Sometimes people graduate but they don't leave. They hang around for years, for no reason. I would think of ghosts like that, I decided. — Maureen Johnson

The audience that I try to reach are members of what I call the church alumni association. Now they are people who have not found in institutional religion a God big enough to be God for their world. — John Shelby Spong

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