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 2022 graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony, and one of the ways we encourage you to get into the spirit is to decorate your caps. It's a great way to ramp up excitement as you approach the big day. 

In honor of the Fall Class of 2022, we’ve put together a list of 22 amazing cap decorating examples that cover just about any topic you can think of to get your creative juices flowing. 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 #UAGCgrad22! 

1. Transformation

You withstood the pressure and have emerged a beautiful diamond. Now is your time to shine!

uagc graduation cap design

2. Perseverance

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

UAGC graduation cap

3. 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

4. When Two Degrees are Better Than One

You earned them, so why not brag about them!

graduation cap


5. 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

6. 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


7. Pride and Empowerment

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

graduation cap


8. Superhero Status

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

wonder woman super hero grad cap

9. 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

10. 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

11. Home Sweet Home

Represent the city you live in and love.

chicago cap

12. Dream Big!

You reached for the stars, and you soared. 

graduation cap

13. Your Favorite Movie

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

star wars graduation cap

14. Fashion

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

fashion footwear UAGC grad cap

15. Your Degree

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

decorated graduation cap

16. Your Favorite Quote

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

graduation cap


17. Pun Fun

Sometimes simple is better, but just make it clever!

it's about time commencement cap

18. Parent Life

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

mom of three commencement cap

19. Lyrics

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

99 problems

20. Religious/Spiritual

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

21. Humor

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

humorous uagc grad cap

22. 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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