Graduate Quote Wall

Please share your feedback about the 2022 graduation ceremony.

Read what graduation means to the Class of 2022, who they'd like to thank, and what are their next steps.

"Graduation means I did it - I succeeded, I did want I wanted when I wanted on my own terms."

—Abigail

Yaksh P.

"Graduation means a big step for me both in career and self growth. It is an achievement I always dreamt of."

—Yaksh P.

Tabitha F.

"Thank you to everyone that has supported, encouraged, considered and been patient with me on this journey."

—Tabitha F.

Patricia A.

"It means better opportunities ahead!"

—Patricia A.

Kristina S.

"Graduating means that I am one more step closer to my goal of receiving my bachelor's degree and advancing my career."

—Kristina S.

Shivani K.

"To me, graduation means a time to look back and reflect on all the successes that led you to this very moment."

—Shivani K.

Maximilian C.

"Graduation is another step for me. It means I am getting closer to my goals."

—Maximilian C.

Natalie T.

"(Graduation) means making my parents proud and setting a good example for my sisters. The first step to my career!"

—Natalie T.

Daniel J.

"Graduation to me means showing myself that I perseverance to do anything I want if I put in the hard work and time."

—Daniel J.

Dennis G.

"Having been out of school for so many years, I never imagined going back, but covid came and gave me an opportunity."

—Dennis G.

Megan S.

"I would like to thank everyone who supported me during these two years- especially my parents and my twin sister."

—Megan S.

Charley L.

"I would like to thank my family more than anything! They've been there for me through every step of the journey."

—Charley L.

Kayla P.

"Graduation to me means closing the chapter I was in and moving onto another. And I am excited for wherever that leads."

—Kayla P.

Diana M.

"(Graduation means a) next huge step in my life."

—Diana M.

David T.

"Graduation is the start of another chapter of life. A moment to share with others who supported you."

—David T.

Rachael P.

"I FINALLY DID IT. It means that if I can do this I can do anything I set my mind to."

—Rachael P.

Diana T.

"I had always wanted to go to college but had not been given the opportunity until now."

—Diana T.

David R.

"My next steps after Harper College is possibly going to a 4 year University."

—David R.

Liliana R.

"It is a boost of confidence that I needed to look forward to many more mile stones in my career and personal growth."

—Liliana R.

Malgorzata L.

"It means that I am stronger and smarter than I thought :) "

—Malgorzata L.

Jeremy W.

"It means I overcame all of the adversity thrown at me in the last twelve years and finally finished up this chapter in my life."

—Jeremy W.

Joshua W.

"Graduation means a new chapter to my story. A new Adventure awaits."

—Joshua W.

Marlen H.

"Graduation to me is a big thing, being the first generation to earn a degree."

—Marlen H.

Khaja T.

"one step closer to success"

—Khaja T.

Sage H.

"I would like to thank my parents and siblings for their encouragement and support."

—Sage H.

Mayra A.

"It is the celebration of this milestone in my educational career and for my family."

—Mayra A.

Paige P.

"Once I started attending Harper, I pushed through stressful times, worked hard, and did well in all of my classes!"

—Paige P.

Marissa G.

Accomplishment. Appreciation. Self Trust. Through everything, I can and I have achieved this. These opportunities were meant for me.

—Marissa G.

Mariam N.

"Graduation to me means I made it successfully through years of college. Ahead, there's still a lot to achieve."

—Mariam N.

Mansulah B.

"This is an opening towards rewarding opportunities for me in the future."

—Mansulah B.

Helen A.

"My parents, who have given up and done a lot for me to be here and no matter what support everything that I do."

—Helen A.

Moin V.

"The apprenticeship program helped me to my dreams come true. I have 2 years of experience with permanent job."

—Moin V.

Lessly F.

"Graduation is a great accomplishment for me and my family."

—Lessly F.

Alison U.

"(Graduation means) being one step closer starting a career that I am passionate about."

—Alison U.

Elizabeth H.

"Graduation means to me, accomplishing one of my goals..."

—Elizabeth H.

Jared W.

"Graduation means I have taken back control of my future after the pandemic abruptly ended my career."

—Jared W.

Allison R.

"Graduating means a lot to me, I am excited to finally be done with my degree."

—Allison R.

Elizabeth W.

"Graduation for me is extremely special because I did not get to have a high school graduation."

—Elizabeth W.

Hope B.

"I have grown so much in these past years personally, professionally, and academically."

—Hope B.

Jackson K.

"I'm going to take a gap year, than after that I'm going to pursue psychology and sociology."

—Jackson K.

Sara A.

"I would love to continue my studies and pursue a double degree in network administration and cyber security."

—Sara A.

Daniela P.

"I am so excited for what comes next in my personal and educational life."

—Daniela P.

Marionne S.

"I would like to thank to my professors, interpreters, friends and everyone at harper college for making my years more successful."

—Marionne S.

Jessica P.

"I get to show everyone that I was able to make something of myself and I can accomplish whatever I set my heart and my mind to."

—Jessica P.

Denisse G.

"I had great family support though it all!"

—Denisse G.

Amy C.

"It's another stepping stone in life, a celebration, and a chapter ending. Time for a new beginning."

—Amy C.

Gracie B.

"I would like to thank each and every one of my professors but most importantly Brad Grossman."

—Gracie B.

Joshua P.

"I'd like to thank my girlfriend for pushing me to finish my degree as well as helping me realize the importance of obtaining one."

—Joshua P.

Tiffiney C.

"Graduation means taking the next step in life, a milestone that becomes part of me."

—Tiffiney C.

Shaun D.

"I would like to thank my family and my friends for being supportive of me through my time at Harper and always pushing me to do my best."

—Shaun D.

Maria G.

"Thanks so much to my husband, for the unconditional support he has always given me."

—Maria G.

Olivia M.

"I would like to thank my parents for the love and support they give me every day."

—Olivia M.

Joseph F.

"Graduation is for those who have supported and want me to see me succeed. This graduation is for them."

—Joseph F.

Emily H.

"Thank you to all the Harper College staff for going out of their way to make sure that I am successful."

—Emily H.

Ashley H.

"The experiences I had at Harper, the Jury show was a great learning experience."

—Ashley H.

Leslie M.

"La graduación es una celebración de los logros que he podido lograr hasta el día de hoy."

—Leslie M.

Afnan T.

Thanking: "My professors, family and friends."

—Afnan T.

Amanda S.

"Graduation means showing my son that you can accomplish anything with hard work and dedication."

—Amanda S.

Maha S.

"I have so many goals that I aim to achieve and show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it."

—Maha S.

Andreea R.

"Lookin back, it was all worth it! Looking forward, the best is yet to come!"

—Andreea R.

Jesus I.

"I would like to thank all my professor’s, every single one of them, from my English professors to my Law Enforcement ones."

—Jesus I.

Nisha S.

"With many ups and downs I still managed to survive and achieve this goal."

—Nisha S.

Pamela L.

"This is an indescribable moment, I can say with a lot of faith and Prayer, Passion, and Perseverance."

—Pamela L.

Julien L.

"(Graduation) means leaving friends behind, and moving up in the world of what you are capable of doing."

—Julien L.

Lizeth S.

"Graduating is important to me since I'm the first generation daughter to graduate at college."

—Lizeth S.

Maria E.

"I cannot wait to move forward and continue making big steps like these in my life."

—Maria E.

Mia M.

"I'd like to thank my parents for everything they have done to get me here!"

—Mia M.

Alexia G.

"I can't wait to celebrate with family who have shaped me into the person I am today."

—Alexia G.

Dotianna B.

"I had major setbacks but it is truly a blessing to walk across the stage this year as an overcomer and make my family proud."

—Dotianna B.

David V.

"I invested so many long hours into improving myself and it is nice to stop along the way and receive praise for higher learning."

—David V.

Bonnie S.

Thanking: "My family and friends."

—Bonnie S.

Aparajita K.

"My next step is to do my higher studies in education and excel in the field of management as well!!"

—Aparajita K.

Chantal R.

"My graduation is a long-life dream come true!"

—Chantal R.

Jessie H.

"I would like to thank all of my professors for believing in me and showing me that life is what you make it."

—Jessie H.

Lily S.

"Graduation is so exciting for me! It means a new chapter of life where I am the main character."

—Lily S.

Brianna R.

"It means I did it-- I succeeded, I did what I wanted to do in the future. Graduation is the first step of the rest of my life."

—Brianna R.

Miriam L.

"Graduation to me means a lot. It is a steping stone to my future. It also means I am capable and able to keep going."

—Miriam L.

Ebony B.

"Graduation is a monumental moment, and it means that I have successfully completed my mission."

—Ebony B.

Marisol S.

"Accomplishment... Dreams... Goals… Integrity!"

—Marisol S.

Juan S.

"Graduation for me means, the work is not done, it has just beginning."

—Juan S.

Marisol G.

"Graduation for me means a step closer to my actual degree. it feel like an accomplishment."

—Marisol G.

Ester C.

"I came in at Harper College uncertain but leaving as a graduate with confidence, which will open new doors to many possibilities."

—Ester C.

Tracy R.

"I would like to thank my village. My family and my in laws. Most importantly my little daughter. This is all for her."

—Tracy R.

Jeff P.

"I would like to thank my professors, the faculty, and the college for this wonderful experience."

—Jeff P.

Rita K.

"It's amazing what love and encouragement can make us do. Now I believe in myself!"

—Rita K.

Josiah W.

"It’s time to stay focused and keep up the pace."

—Josiah W.

Klaudia S.

"To me, graduation means more opportunities, more success, and more knowledge."

—Klaudia S.

Divine M.

"I want to give back to the society the same way that Harper college helped me in pursuing my dreams."

—Divine M.

Lindy R.

"Graduating from college is one of my biggest accomplishments as an immigrant. I will be able to provide a better future for family."

—Lindy R.

Abigail N.

"Graduation means I did it - I succeeded, I did want I wanted when I wanted on my own terms."

—Abigail N.

Grace C.

"Graduation to me is a positive reflection of my schooling career and all that I have accomplished within my years of hard work."

—Grace C.

Jacqueline H.

"I am hoping to become a forensic technician after graduation. I would like to work for state police one day."

—Jacqueline H.

Emily S.

What's next? "Being a nurse."

—Emily S.

Angelynn V.

"I would like to thank all of the wonderful individuals I've met, befriended, and exchanged smiles, laughter, and conversations with."

—Angelynn V.

Gissel J.

"The next chapter to my career is to continue studying. Continue the many paths I would like to accomplish in my lifetime."

—Gissel J.

Patricia G.

"It means a big step because they are little people watching me and I know they will follow my steps."

—Patricia G.

Jarod A.

"Graduating has always been a personal goal of mine. It was something I can say I accomplished because I wanted to, not because someone else did."

—Jarod A.

Brad B.

"I’d like to thank my family, friends, and professors, especially my dad. He is not only the best man I’ve ever met, but also my best friend."

—Brad B.

Mitchell R.

"It's the end of my Journey at Harper but the beginning of a whole new experience."

—Mitchell R.

Liz M.

"To me, graduation signifies being able to achieve a goal and staying committed."

—Liz M.

Travis M.

Thanking: "My fans. Totally joking. My friends and family and those who gave me the opportunity to excel in this program."

—Travis M.

Dishaben P.

"This graduation is a victory towards my success. For the past four years, my friends and I have worked very hard to get to this step today."

—Dishaben P.

Majeed H.

"Graduations means independence, maturity, responsibility, accountability, excellence, and future opportunities."

—Majeed H.

Ariadna R.

"It means so much for me and my family since I’m a first-generation. [...] It is not only a big deal for me but it is a big deal for my whole family."

—Ariadna R.

Brianna K.

"The next step for me is attending Illinois State University to get my degree in Elementary Education."

—Brianna K.

Jenna S.

"I would like to thank my family and friends who have been there for me and who have never made me forget who I am."

—Jenna S.

Stephanie H.

"Being one of the first to graduate college, I have completed a goal of mine that I have been working on for ten years."

—Stephanie H.

Samaria G.

"It was like a race to the finish line. The tears that dropped and the sleepless nights were all worth it."

—Samaria G.

Kaloyan A.

"I'd like to thank my parents for allowing me an education in a different country!"

—Kaloyan A.

Erica R.

"I have been wanting to accomplish this since I became a Mom to show my kids that they too can achieve their dreams!"

—Erica R.

Justin G.

"Graduating means moving on to bigger things in life and continuing my education!"

—Justin G.

Liana R.

Thanks: "Mother and grandparents for all the support and love they’ve shown me!"

—Liana R.

Kathryne M.

"Graduation means a new stepping stone in my life, the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one."

—Kathryne M.

Cindy Y.

What's next: "Continue with phlebotomy."

—Cindy Y.

Dijzhane M.

"I have huge goals that I am striving to accomplish and this one is not only for myself, but for my entire family."

—Dijzhane M.

Consilia N.

"I would like to thank my parents for always supporting and pushing me to do my best, and my siblings for always be there for me."

—Consilia N.

Samantha M.

Next step: "Becoming a Graphic Designer."

—Samantha M.

Emanuel R.

"Graduation to mean just validates my hard work. I have pushed myself to be consistent with what is most important to me."

—Emanuel R.

Phasita M.

"I did it! It is not easy to move from a different country and start my life entirely in a new environment, with new people and a new language."

—Phasita M.

Azra G.

"Graduation always meant a lot to me. It shows you and your family members that you have accomplished something."

—Azra G.

Ivelisse R.

"I did this for myself and no one else. It means learning that I am good enough–no matter what."

—Ivelisse R.

Katherine B.

"Graduation for me is that I finally did the one thing I wanted to do the most, Graduate from Harper and make my mom proud."

—Katherine B.

Maliha A.

"I feel like I am capable of doing anything that I put my mind to with the support of my family and friends."

—Maliha A.

Daniel F.

"After 2-3 years of hard work, graduation for me means a milestone has been accomplished and rewarded with a diploma."

—Daniel F.

Maelyn D.

"It’s one step closer to the dreams you’ve always wanted t to accomplish."

—Maelyn D.

Erik S.

"I would like to thank my supportive family, the friends I've made, my advisors, and the patient professors that didn't give up on me."

—Erik S.

Alexis A.

"Graduation means that I am one step closer to being a preschool teacher."

—Alexis A.

Ashley G.

"I would like to thank my parents, siblings, Alex, and my friends for encouraging me to follow my dreams and continue my education."

—Ashley G.

Erica R.

"The next step is to begin working at NCH and continue with my nursing career and get my BSN."

—Erica R.

Luis G.

"It means that i was committed to my education. The finish line of my two year degree that took so much effort and dedication."

—Luis G.

Ivett D.

"That all the sacrifices I had to make that affected my kids and family was well worth my degree and paid off in the end. SI SE PUDO!"

—Ivett D.

Benjamin Q.

"I would like to thank my parents, my girlfriend and all my nursing instructors for helping me along the way."

—Benjamin Q.

Kathryn K.

"I am a first generation college grad in my family and I also put myself through college financially. At just 20, I have worked so hard to be able to be where I am today."

—Kathryn K.

Arouj R.

"Graduation for me means, the beginning of finding a better career, and additional education to pursue still."

—Arouj R.

Emma R.

"As I finish up my time at Harper I am thankful for all of the professors who have supported me along the way and who have been some of the greatest influences in my academic career!"

—Emma R.

Alexis H.

" I would like to thank my sweet little girl for being patient through it all, my right hand girl in my many video recordings for classes, giving me the motivation to keep pushing forward, and for the strength I never knew I

—Alexis H.

Matt G.

"I am finally able to show something for my hard work and struggles throughout the years."

—Matt G.

Brian S.

"i have much more to do in regards to my education but this is one small step on a journey of many."

—Brian S.

Yug P.

"Graduation for me is like one of my checklist’s step in success which I have completed and now moving to the next aisle for more shopping!"

—Yug P.

Wiki S.

"I would like to thank my parents and my boyfriend for pushing me and always supporting me."

—Wiki S.

David G.

"I would like to thank my teachers, coworkers, bosses, friends, siblings, cousins, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and loved ones for constantly supporting me no matter what I wish to do in the future."

—David G.

Basia K.

"This is definitely something big for me, and I am really proud of myself and of what I have accomplished."

—Basia K.

Sandra S.

"Graduation means you've reached a certain point, and completed one step out of however many you have in your list of goals!"

—Sandra S.

Jaspreet K.

"It is a milestone in my academic journey. It is the path that led to UIUC and in the process made me grow as a student."

—Jaspreet K.

Ari M.

"There were points in my life when I was living for graduation and to celebrate it with my peers. Now I can."

—Ari M.

Jenna J.

"Graduation is special because you are celebrating the end of one chapter and getting ready to start the next."

—Jenna J.

Charlene A.

"Accomplishing a milestone for my family members that weren't able to makes me work harder for them."

—Charlene A.

Naqi M.

"I'm excited to take the next step in my life and can't wait to see what the future holds for me!"

—Naqi M.

Victoria S.

"Graduation is so important to me because I want my kids to know that there is nothing they can't do."

—Victoria S.

Adam L.

"This is my seventh year and my final semester of AA degree. It's honestly speechless and unbelievable."

—Adam L.

Last Updated: 5/23/22