Choosing a Graduation Song

AS WE inch closer to Graduation Day, one of the concerns of graduating students is choosing a song to best remember their school life by. Sometimes, students are caught in a dilemma of picking the right graduation song that the whole batch will like.


When I was in kindergarten (1993), our graduation song was Yesterday’s Dream that was composed by the maestro Ryan Cayabyab. In grade school (1999) we sang The Journey by Lea Salonga. In high school (2003) our classmate Jim Francis Diaz composed a song for our batch entitled, Graduate na Tayo. We also sang Next in Line by After Image, which was given a cool arrangement by our music teacher then, June Rad Butil. In college, our graduation song was Pilgrim’s Theme by Bukas Palad.

Let me give you three things to consider in picking a graduation song.

1. Message of the Song – Usually, songs that are picked as graduation songs have themes like triumph and victory, hope, friendship, brotherhood, or, realities of life. Choose a song that has inspiring lyrics or lines that will help you ponder about the meaning of life.

2. Significance – So you have listed down songs that have good lyrics. Not all of these songs, however, have significance to you as a batch. Does the song mean something to most of the graduating batch? Do you have memories associated with the song? If yes, then that is a good choice. It would be a more meaningful choice. If your batch happen to have good lyricists and musicians, you can write your own song that would certainly be significant for your batch.

3. Popular Choice. In choosing a song, we still have to practice democracy. Have a list of good songs, which you can populate by having your fellow graduating students give their suggestions. Present these songs in an assembly, both lyrics and melody, and let them choose a song by popular vote.

There is a group on Facebook that suggests Champagne Supernova as the Unofficial Graduation Song for 2011. Oh, well, that could be one of your options. Let me share this list of songs I got from a forum:

Title Artist
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Katharine McPhee
Black Bird Wendy Woo
What a Wonderful World Ray Charles
Waiting on the World to Change John Mayer
Time Is On My Side Irma Thomas
Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
Send Me on My Way Rusted Root
Graduation Vitamin C
One Moment in Time Whitney Houston
Closing Time Semisonic
Beautiful Day U2
I Can See Clearly Now Jimmy Cliff
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
Goodbye to You Michelle Branch
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Live) Journey
Suddenly I See KT Tundstall
I’m Coming Out Diana Ross
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Celebration Kool And the Gang
My Life Billy Joel
Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Free Your Mind En Vouge
All Star Smashmouth
Party Like a Rock Star Shop Boyz
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Green Day
Impossible Dream Frank Sinatra
School’s Out Alice Cooper
Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) Billy Joel
The Times They Are a Changin’ Bob Dylan
Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron & Elijah Kelly
Wasted On the Way Crosby, Stills & Nash
The Great Escape Boys Like Girls
Hold On Loosely .38 Special
Welcome to the Real World John Mayer
Life Is a Highway Tom Cochrane
I’m so Excited The Pointer Sisters
Bang On the Drum All Day The Hit Crew
Big Girl Kim Lian
Just the Way You Are Billy Joel
Don’t You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds
These Are Days 10,000 Maniacs
Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own U2


Good luck! I wish this helped you in choosing your graduation song.




Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan is a physics teacher at Alabel National Science High School. He is an advocate of constructivism approach in education. He employs active learning and independent learning in his lessons, and, of course, a lot of technology integration. His goal is to produce students who can solve problems on their own using the concepts they learn in the classroom. Ariel Lalisan is a Google Certified Innovator (Google Teachers Academy Southeast Asia 2014) and a community leader at Google Educator Group Sarangani. He is a co-founder of SoCCSKSarGen and he won the Globe Media Excellence Blogger of the Year Award in 2015.

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