One of the best gifts you can give at graduation is a simple prayer for the graduate. Asking God to bestow his blessings on someone heading into a new era in his or her life shouldn't be a side note, but a necessity. Not sure what to say? Here is a simple prayer you can say for the graduate:
God, I ask for your blessings on (name). He/She is graduating today, and I know that this time can be fairly rough for the graduate. There is the unknown future in front of him/her. There is so much to do to prepare for college or work. There is growing up to do, independence to assert, and more. You know that You can often get lost in the shuffle, and I ask that your presence always be felt and appreciated.
I ask that you protect this graduate as he/she heads into the future. You have done so much for him/her so far. Getting this far has not always been easy, but I ask that you continue to offer strength, courage, and discernment as he/she goes into a world that is not always black and white. May he/she find love and friendship, make lifelong friends, and find your plan for him/her in the experiences you provide.
Graduation is such a rite of passage, Lord. Your blessings are needed more than ever. Lord, I ask for all you can do to protect and provide for this wonderful person as he/she moves forward and continues to grow up.
Thank you, Lord. In your name,