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, 2015 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, 2015 at 0:01
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    Which side of The Pond are you on?
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 3, 2015 at 0:14
  • I was graduated some would say, at least in the not-so-distant past.
    – choster
    Jan 3, 2018 at 2:49

2 Answers 2


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, 2015 at 1:40
  • Here's the one for college.
    – WBT
    Jun 3, 2015 at 1:41
  • @Drew - I would tend to regard the sans-from version to be more of a Britishism.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 3, 2015 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, 2015 at 8:08
  • Do British students finishing secondary school matriculate [from] secondary school? Jun 3, 2015 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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