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 2023 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 2023, we’ve put together a list of 23 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 #UAGCgrad23!
1. Know Thyself
You wrote your own story, but now it's time to write the next chapter.
You withstood the pressure and have emerged a beautiful diamond. Now is your time to shine!
Going to college while juggling life and work isn't easy. But you pushed through and reached your goals.
4. 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!
5. When Two Degrees are Better Than One
You earned them, so why not brag about them!
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. Pride and Empowerment
It takes determination to go after what you want. Let others know they can do it too!
9. Superhero Status
Embrace your inner superhero! After all, earning your degree* takes some special powers of determination!
10. 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!
11. Pushed Through the Pandemic
Pursuing your goals and following your path during the pandemic was not easy, but you kept the faith and persevered.
12. Home Sweet Home
Represent the city you live in and love.
13. Dream Big!
You reached for the stars, and you soared.
14. Your Favorite Movie
Why not have a little fun and use your favorite movie to express your excitement over graduating?
You put your best foot forward. If you love fashion, represent it on your cap!
16. Your Degree
You chose your degree** for a reason, and now it’s time to celebrate earning it.
17. Your Favorite Quote
If you have a favorite motivational quote, prominently display it on your cap.
18. Pun Fun
Sometimes simple is better, but just make it clever!
19. Parent Life
You juggled a lot to earn your degree! Say it loud and proud.
A popular song can make for a great play on words.
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.
They say laughter is the best medicine. Why not make a few people laugh at commencement!
If someone you love was not able to celebrate with you, keep them in your thoughts by honoring them on your cap.
*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 Justice by itself may not qualify a student for employment with a federal, state or local law enforcement agency.