I graduated high school.

I graduated from high school.

Which sentence is grammatically correct?

  • Both are correct and used frequently by native speakers. – Dan Bron Jun 2 '15 at 23:24
  • @Dan Bron: Which one is more frequent among native speakers; "graduated high school" or "graduated from high school"? When you say native speakers, are you referring to British or Americans? – Sankarane Jun 3 '15 at 0:01
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    Which side of The Pond are you on? – Hot Licks Jun 3 '15 at 0:14
  • I was graduated some would say, at least in the not-so-distant past. – choster Jan 3 '18 at 2:49

Graduated from seems much more correct to this native American English speaker, but I don't think anyone will call you out for omitting the "from."

  • I agree. But I've had the impression that more Americans are saying graduated this-or-that recently. However, this ngram suggests that my impression was wrong. – Drew Jun 3 '15 at 1:40
  • Here's the one for college. – WBT Jun 3 '15 at 1:41
  • @Drew - I would tend to regard the sans-from version to be more of a Britishism. – Hot Licks Jun 3 '15 at 2:14
  • @HotLicks: being British, I would use a preposition, either at or from and name the university. High schools (or better secondary schools) do not produce graduates here. – Henry Jun 3 '15 at 8:08
  • Do British students finishing secondary school matriculate [from] secondary school? – Brian Hitchcock Jun 3 '15 at 8:32

According to the high school English that I learned 70 years ago, “I graduated high school” is unacceptable. It indicates that it was the school that graduated rather than the subject “I.”

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