37 Quotes About Alumni


Graduating from college requires a level of determination and motivation. These quotes about alumni capture the spirit and essence of finally completing your higher education.

“A founder can carry an institution only so far, and then others have to step in, even the alumni. That’s how an institution becomes one.”

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

“Any institutions’ alumni are key to its growth. We are focused on giving a global experience to our students.”

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

“Cal Poly is my kind of school. So many universities I visit boast about boring alumni like pioneering surgeons and Olympic athletes. But Cal Poly has none other than Weird Al Yankovic.”

“Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance from alumni and other blacks.”

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

“Every day I am part of my local town community, part of Rio Mesa High School Alumni, part of the racing world, part of the diabetes community worldwide.”

“I didn’t finish college, which is really weird because they awarded me the Alumni of Distinction recently.”

“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.”

“I myself am also a small investor in Slack, and one can count four to five IM platforms that were launched by Skype alumni alone.”

“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?”

“I’m a great fan of Bloomingdale’s, and I’m a very loyal alumni of Parsons. I think what they do, what they’ve done, is amazing. They’ve educated some of the best American designers.”

“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.”

“I’ve heard a number of our alumni – people who are running schools and school systems – think a lot about different models for the teaching profession.”

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”

“Life is what we make it always has been always will be.”

“My junior high was dreadful. I see a lot of my fellow alumni on America’s Most Wanted.”

“Nobody is bothered about an institution more than its alumni.”

“Northwestern’s alumni list is truly impressive. This university has graduated best-selling authors, Olympians, presidential candidates, Grammy winners, Peabody winners, Emmy winners, and that’s just me!”

“On average, our corps members stay in the classroom for eight years. But again, given the systemic nature of educational inequity, we know it is vital that some of our alumni take their experience outside the classroom.”

“Our next-door neighbour taught physics at Hampton University. Our church abounded with mathematicians. Supersonics experts held leadership positions in my mother’s sorority, and electrical engineers sat on the board of my parents’ college alumni associations.”

“Teach For America was built on the idea that our best hope of reaching ‘One Day’ is to have thousands of alumni use their diverse experiences and ideas to effect change from inside and outside the education system.”

“Teach For America would not be able to continue recruiting and developing an ever-more diverse and impactful group of corps members and alumni if the nation’s leading colleges become even less diverse.”

“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.”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character––that is the goal of true education.”

“The more you find out about the world, the most opportunities there are to laugh at it.”

“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.”

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

“The resources at Harvard – its professors, our fellow students, the libraries, its alumni – created for me the opportunity to pursue my passions in finance.”

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.”

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”

“The urgent can drown out the important.”

“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”

“Tolerance of true diversity on university campuses – diversity of opinion and belief – has been eroding for decades while alumni and trustees looked the other way.”

“Ultimately, I’d love to see a legacy company that has alumni that come out of it and go on to create other big things.”

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