A commencement ceremony is a time for celebrating accomplishments. With it comes a number of traditions that have emerged as a way to commemorate this special occasion. One of these traditions is the ever-so-popular cap decorating. 

This year, we'll be celebrating our Fall 2021 graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony, and one of the ways we encourage you to get into the spirit is to decorate your caps at home.

In honor of the Fall Class of 2021, we’ve put together a list of 21 amazing cap decorating examples that cover just about any topic you can think of to get your creative juices flowing. A few are from our Class of 2021 graduates. Some are from commencements past. But all are sure to inspire you to create the most amazing graduation cap!

Once you've designed yours, be sure to share it on social media using #UAGCgrad21! 

1. Perseverance

Going to college while juggling life and work isn't easy. But you pushed through and reached your goals.

UAGC graduation cap

2. Reflect on Your "Why"

Someone in your life is looking up to you, and you did not stop because they believed in you. Now, you are showing them that anyone can do it!

uagc grad cap remember why

3. When Two Degrees are Better Than One:

You earned them, so why not brag about them!

graduation cap



4. The Future is Bright:

You may not have done it all, but you keep working toward your goals. Display your positive thinking on your cap!

uagc graduation cap the future is bright

5. Thank the Family:

So many UAGC graduates say they earned a college degree for their family, and honoring yours on your cap is a great way to express this gratitude and emotion.

graduation cap


6. Pride and Empowerment:

It takes determination to go after what you want. Let others know they can do it too! 

graduation cap


7. Superhero Status:

Embrace your inner superhero! After all, earning your degree* takes some special powers of determination!

wonder woman super hero grad cap

8. Words of Wisdom

Whether you have one favorite go-to quote, or you have too many to pick just one, share these words of wisdom on your graduation cap!

words of wisdom UAGC grad cap

9. Pushed Through the Pandemic

Need we say more? Unfortunately, the pandemic stretched into 2021 and you felt the struggle. This is something not many of us will ever have to do in a lifetime. Why not capture it on your cap?

2020 theme cap

10. Home Sweet Home:

Represent the city you live in and love.

chicago cap

11. Dream Big!:

You reached for the stars, and you soared. 

graduation cap

12. Your Favorite Movie:

Why not have a little fun and use your favorite movie to express your excitement over graduating?

star wars graduation cap

13. Fashion:

You put your best foot forward. If you love fashion, represent it on your cap!

fashion footwear UAGC grad cap

14. Your Degree:

You chose your degree** for a reason, and now it’s time to celebrate earning it. 

decorated graduation cap

15. Your Favorite Quote:

If you have a favorite motivational quote, prominently display it on your cap.

graduation cap


16. Pun Fun:

Sometimes simple is better, but just make it clever!

it's about time commencement cap

17. Parent Life:

You juggled a lot to earn your degree! Say it loud and proud.

mom of three commencement cap

18. Lyrics:

A popular song can make for a great play on words. 

99 problems

19. Religious:

At some point in time, you may have called on a higher power to help you through some of the challenges you faced while earning your degree. Whatever your faith, your cap is a great place to share gratitude. 

religious commencement cap

20. Humor:

They say laughter is the best medicine. Why not make a few people laugh at commencement!

humorous uagc grad cap

21. Memorial:

If someone you love was not able to celebrate with you, keep them in your thoughts by honoring them on your cap.

memorial cap


Written by University Staff

*An online degree from the University of Arizona Global Campus does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. 

**Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice degree by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Successful completion of a Master of Science in Criminal Justiceby itself may not qualify a student for employment with a federal, state or local law enforcement agency. 

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