Graduating is stressful as it is because you’re moving on to a completely new chapter in your life. That, and the class of 2023 spent most of their college years navigating a global pandemic, riding the waves of uncertainty in lockdown and euphoria when restrictions lifted. Distance learning, remote internships, canceled study abroad plans and the seemingly endless stream of video calls—class of 2023, you’ve survived a lot. Now it’s time to dive into adulthood, which is terrifying, thrilling, frustrating and fun in equal measure. (Because yes, you’re going to have to pay taxes yourself.)
But sometimes a little humor (and a special gift, wink wink) can help combat those, “Oh my god, everything is changing. Ahhhh!” feelings. Check out these funny graduation quotes from the likes of from Amy Poehler, Ellen DeGeneres and Cardi B that are sure to lighten the mood. Write them in a card, read them at a graduation party or send them to that one friend who really needs it right about now. And then, queue up some songs and get the party started. It’s the first day of the rest of your (adult) life.