Go get crafty and decorate your graduation caps before you walk across the stage and grab your diploma! This is your last chance to make a statement before you graduate and leave this school; whatever you want to say about this school, life, and your friends and family, this is the time to say it! Confused about where to start? Here are 10 graduation cap ideas that you can draw inspiration from and recreate for your graduation!
1. Be Humble and Kind Cap
Whether you are walking across the stage to receive a high school, bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree, this cap reminds you and your classmates that your treatment of others matters first and foremost. No matter how smart you are, a sour disposition will always leave a bad impression on everyone you meet. Be humble and kind wherever you go in life and people are sure to remember you for more than just your smarts long after you’ve left.
2. Gratitude Cap
This quote is a line from the song, Find My Way, from the Legally Blonde musical; it’s a great quote that thanks everyone that has helped you reach this point in your life. Don’t be afraid to glue on as many pictures as you want of your friends and family because you’ve put in a lot of hard work but your loved ones have kept you grounded, sane, and motivated when you put in those long hours. Take them with you across the stage to thank them for helping you every step of the way.
3. Looking to the Future Cap
This cap is simple but the message is clear: you might be finished at this school but you aren’t finished kicking butt and taking names! There’s still a long way left to go and a lot of things you still want to do. This graduation is a great celebration of all your hard work and accomplishments but trust me, the best is yet to come and they haven’t seen anything yet.
4. Four Years Later Cap
High school or college has dragged on and on and on. Seconds felt like days and days felt like weeks. At this moment, it feels like the four years passed by in a blur; but you actually agonized over every minute that you were sitting behind a desk taking notes and cramming for tests. Reference Spongebob for your graduation cap and show the audience, even though school seemed to pass by in a blink of an eye, it was torture waiting for four years for this moment.
5. And the story continues Cap
If life were a movie, graduation might be your ‘The End’ written across the big screen in big cursive letters. But this isn’t really The End; this is simply the end of one chapter in your life and there are many more chapters left to go. Like the ‘The Best is Yet to Come’ cap, this cap celebrates all the hard work you’ve put into reaching this moment but realizes that there is much more left to come and the story goes on.
6. Quizlet the Hero Cap
Show some humor at your graduation and thank the true lifesaver that helped you through school. It wasn’t your friends who joined you on late night cram sessions or your parents who supported and cheered for you through all your tough days; it was an online community of students equally as frustrated as you with school and other generous students who supplied all the answers to your never-ending questions. Give this community a shout-out at graduation and you won’t be surprised by the sheer amount of students who will laugh and agree with your cap.
7. Hamilton Cap
For all the theater kids, this is a great reference to a musical that you can be sure that most of your classmates will understand. The musical, Hamilton, has been a Broadway success and it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t at least know of the musical. Channel your inner Hamilton and show everyone that you haven’t thrown away your shot!
8. Procrastinator’s Cap
What’s a more suitable way to end school than handling your graduation cap like you’ve handled everything else during your time at school. While you might not necessarily feel this way, this is a low-cost, low-effort, and very humorous way to decorate your graduation cap and every one of your classmates will definitely enjoy having a laugh about it.
9. Disney Castle Cap
Make your cap the most magical of all the graduation caps by channeling some Disney magic. This is definitely one of the more difficult graduation caps to replicate but with a sharp utility knife and a good battery pack, you’ll have this recreated in a jiff. Celebrate all your dreams coming true and end the ceremony with a burst of fireworks; everyone will be dazzled by the mini light show!
10. Life Cap
How do you make a real statement about life with your graduation cap? You don’t want those motivational quotes or gratitude statements that the other graduation caps have so you might consider this cap for serious inspiration. Taking some pieces from the board game, Life, you could map out your life so far or make a big statement about how life ultimately, is just a board game. Whatever you choose to say, you can be sure this will be one of the most colorful graduation caps everyone will see at the ceremony.