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Graduarse Conjugation: Present, Subjunctive & Preterite

Instructor: Raychelle Heath

Raychelle has a BA in Spanish and an MFA in Writing. She has studied in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Mexico. She has taught Spanish in various settings.

Graduation is an important event for many people. The verb ''graduarse'' means 'to graduate' in Spanish. This lesson will show you how to conjugate ''graduarse'' in the indicative present and preterite tenses. It will also show you how to conjugate ''graduarse'' in the present subjunctive tense.

It's Time to Graduate

It's that time again. We gather our robes and mortar boards to celebrate the milestone of graduation. Whether for high school or college, to be able to graduate is a big deal for most people.

The verb 'to graduate' in Spanish is graduarse (grah-doo-AR-say). This lesson will show you how to conjugate this verb in the present, preterite, and present subjunctive tense.

Note: All verbs are conjugated in the indicative unless otherwise specified. Let's get started!

Graduarse in the Present Tense

The present tense is used to talk about things that happen in the present. Graduarse is mostly regular in this tense, but adds an accent mark to all forms except nosotros and vosotros.

Note: Graduarse is a reflexive verb. You will need to use the correct reflective pronoun along with the correct conjugation of the verb.

VERB: graduarse (grah-doo-AR-say) to graduate

Subject
Pronoun
Present Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo me gradúo may-grah-DOO-oh I graduate
te gradúas tay-grah-DOO-ahs You (informal) graduate
él, ella,
usted
se gradúa say-grah-DOO-ah He, she graduates, you (formal) graduate
nosotros
nosotras
nos graduamos nohs-grah-doo-AH-mose We graduate
vosotros
vosotras
os graduáis ohs-grah-doo-AH-ees You (plural, informal) graduate
ellos, ellas,
ustedes
se gradúan say-grah-DOO-ahn They (male, female), you (plural, informal) graduate

Examples of Graduarse in the Present Tense

  • Nos graduamos en dos días. (We graduate in two days.)
  • Me gradúo el 10 de Junio. (I graduate on the 10th of June.)
  • ¿Cuando os graduáis? (When do you all graduate?)
  • Aunque ustedes se gradúan hoy, es importante que ustedes siguen estudiando y aprendiendo. (Even though you all graduate today, it is important that you all continue studying and learning.)

Translation: When one graduates in the islands, one wears a flower crown instead of a mortar board.
island graduation

Graduarse in the Preterite Tense

The preterite tense is often referred to as the short-term past, as it is used to talk about things that happened just once. Graduarse is regular in this tense.

VERB: graduarse (grah-doo-AR-say) to graduate

Subject
Pronoun
Indicative Preterite Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo me gradué may-grah-doo-AY I graduated
te graduaste tay-grah-doo-AH-stay You (informal) graduated
él, ella,
usted
se graduó say-grah-doo-OH He, she, you (formal) graduated
nosotros
nosotras
nos graduamos nohs-grah-doo-AH-mose We graduated
vosotros
vosotras
os graduasteis ohs-grah-doo-ah-STAY-ees You (plural, informal) graduated
ellos, ellas,
ustedes
se graduaron say-grah-doo-AH-rone They (male, female), you (plural, informal) graduated

Examples of Graduarse in the Preterite

  • Pedro casi no se graduó por sus malas calificaciones. (Pedro almost didn't graduate because of his bad grades.)
  • La maestra se siente muy orgullosa de los alumnos que se graduaron. (The teacher feels very proud of the students that graduated.)
  • ¿En qué año te graduaste? (What year did you graduate?)
  • El año pasado, me gradué de mi programa de maestría. (Last year, I graduated from my Master's program.)

Translation: When we graduated, we took a picture with our professor.
when we graduate

Graduarse in the Subjunctive Present Tense

The subjunctive is used to express doubt or desire. It is also used when emotion is expressed about an action. As in the indicative present tense, the subjunctive present tense of graduarse adds an accent mark to all forms except nosotros and vosotros.

VERB: graduarse (grah-doo-AR-say) to graduate

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