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Great Bible Verses for High School Graduates

12 Key Bible Verses for High School Graduates

By Doug Franklin March 19, 2021

In this post we share 12 Great Bible Verses for High School Graduates.

Celebrate High School Graduates

Too often churches miss the boat on making the most of this important milestone. Look at graduation as an opportunity to evaluate how you have developed your students.

Take time with your staff to create a profile of your high school graduates. Internalize and learn from your experience with them so you can improve how you and your staff develop future graduates. Consider whether these students took hold of and applied your teaching, if they used their words to encourage and develop their peers, if they used their hands to serve, and if their feet kept them involved. Identify how they displayed a Christ-like lifestyle while in your ministry. 

Above all, be sure to find meaningful ways to communicate that information to your graduates. Sometimes that looks like a graduation gift, and sometimes that looks like a thought out note with Bible verse to share with your high school graduates.

So check out these 12 great Bible Verses for High School Graduates.

great bible verses for high school graduates about keeping the faith

hebrews 10:23 – “hold fast”

verse for high school graduates

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 ESV)

1 Thessalonians 4:1 – “do so more and more”

bible verse for high school seniors

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:1 ESV)

romans 12:11 – “be fervent in spirit”

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11 ESV)

Philippians 1:9-10 “Be pure and blameless”

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:9-10 ESV)

philippians 3:14-16 – “press on toward the goal”

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (Philippians 3:14-16 ESV)

john 15:8 – “bear much fruit”

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:8 ESV)


great bible verses for high school seniors about god’s faithfulness

Zephaniah 3:17 – “He will rejoice over you”

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)

psalm 138:8 – “the lord will fulfill his purpose”

bible verse for high school graduates

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love,O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:8 ESV)

isaiah 54:10 – “my steadfast love shall not depart”

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10 ESV)

psalm 71:17-18 – “Do Not Forsake Me”

bible verse for high school seniors

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. (Psalm 17:17-18 ESV)


great bible verses for high school graduates about god’s plans

proverbs 3:6 – “he will make straight your paths”

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6 ESV)

psalm 37:23 – “the steps of a man are established”

bible verses for high school graduates

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23 ESV)


additional resources for graduates

And we’ve compiled more than this list of Bible verses for high school graduates. Explore these great graduation gifts and a free downloadable graduation lesson.

graduation gift

Help students discover their God-given mission.

graduation book bundle

Two great grad gifts! Moving On and a Discipleship Journal.

Send them off with the tools to become a Prayer Champion.


About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More