As May and June roll around, celebrate the past accomplishments and glimmering future of your favorite grad with these heartwarming songs.

By Liz Steelman
May 22, 2017

As graduation season looms, it’s often helpful for grads (and their loving parents) to look to graduation songs for help with all the feelings that come with commencement, both beautiful and bittersweet. The sense of an ending combined with nostalgia can often be too much—but, thankfully, many talented artists have parsed out these complicated feelings with the poetry of lyrics.

We asked Real Simple’s Facebook fans to share their favorite graduation songs: from songs that were performed or played at commencement ceremonies to songs that just perfectly encapsulate the feelings that come with the celebration. Some deal with the matter subtly, while others are more blunt about the feelings the occasion brings. Whether you’re looking for something to aid reflecting on how much you’ve grown, or just looking for a song to set the picture slideshow to, these 13 graduation song favorites will do just the trick.

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