No matter what your future looks like post-graduation, especially if it’s, gulp, the real world, we have the perfect songs to prove that growing up won’t bring you down.

The Academy Is…— “Summer Hair = Forever Young”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “We're forever young”
Sure, there are plenty of uncertainties for post-grad life. But this song feels like summer, and it’s the best anthem to blast as you walk out the doors on the last day of classes. You’ll truly feel forever young.

Boys Like Girls—“Great Escape”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “‘’Cause we are finally free tonight”
Boys Like Girls have the ultimate tune for making that great escape—forget all those stressful days and rock out, because you’re finally free from homework.


Lyrics For Your Cap: “Well I guess this is growing up”
Nobody can quite put into words the reality of growing up like Blink-182.

Dashboard Confessional—“Alter The Ending”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “Even when they said we'd be undone/Take it as a sign we can still go on”
There are plenty of times when you just wanted to give up—but didn’t. Congratulations! You made it to graduation, and this is just the beginning.

A Day To Remember—“We Got This”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “I'm not afraid of anything/Here's to the future”
Put your hands up high—you made it to graduation, and the future's looking bright. You got this.

Fall Out Boy—“Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”
Enough said.

Foo Fighters—“Times Like These”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “I'm a brand new sky to hang the stars upon tonight”
Post-grad life is like a blank slate. You’re ready to start fresh and learn to live, give and love again. (Thanks for the wisdom, Foo Fighters.)

Green Day—“Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “I hope you had the time of your life”
It’s not graduation if you didn’t hear this song once or twice (or 100 times).

Jimmy Eat World—“The Middle”

Lyrics For Your Cap: “Live right now/Just be yourself”
Jimmy Eat World say it best in their hit: Try your best and everything will be just fine.