In the next few weeks, students across the country will don their caps and gowns and celebrate the completion of one stage of their education. As these graduates prepare to take their next steps—whether that means higher education, a career, or whatever else awaits—their educators, peers, friends, and loved ones may offer words of support, celebration, and advice. Browse our selection of poems for graduation, featuring classics by Robert Creeley, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Walt Whitman, as well as contemporary favorites and more, for the graduate in your life.

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