19 Inspirational Cap Decorating Ideas to Get You Ready for Commencement Day

19 Inspirational Cap Decorating Ideas to Get You Ready for Commencement Day

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. 

If you’re attending the special celebration in San Diego, join your fellow graduates at The DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego on Saturday, October 12 during the Resource Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and decorate your cap with your peers. You can also decorate your cap at home using your own supplies.

In honor of the Class of 2019, we’ve put together a list of 19 amazing cap decorating examples that cover just about any topic you can think of to get your creative juices flowing. 

1. Inspiration

If there’s one thing people can take away from your big achievement, it’s inspiration. Use this opportunity to say a few words to motivate others.

inspiring commencement cap

2. Family:

So many Ashford 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.

family on commencement cap

3. Heritage:

Where you come from is as equally important as where you will go next, and acknowledging your history is an important aspect of what your future holds.

ancestors on commencement cap

4. Your Favorite Movie:

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

star wars graduation cap

5. Your Degree:

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

decorated graduation cap

6. Empowerment:

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

empowering commencement cap

7. Pun Fun:

Sometimes simple is better, but just make it clever!

it's about time commencement cap
 

8. Parent Life:

You juggled a lot to earn your degree, and it’s totally fine to brag about it!

mom of three commencement cap

9.  Author Inspired:

Whether you love Dr. Seuss or Socrates, pick a quote that best expresses your triumphant story. 

dr Seuss commencement cap

10. Lyrics:

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

99 problems

11. Religious:

At some point in time there is a good chance you 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

12. Humor:

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

humorous commencement cap

13.  Classic:

Not feeling the creative route? Stick with a classic decoration. 

tassel worth hassle

14. Character/Theme:

Why should the kids have all the fun? 

harry potter commencement cap

15. Sass: 

If you’re a bold and spirited person, show it. 

now hotter by one degree

16. Simple and Elegant:

Smart is beautiful, and your cap can be, too.

finally commencement cap

17. Fairy Tale:

If earning your college degree is like a dream come true, the fairy tale route might be the best design approach for you.

fairy tale commencement cap

18. Memorial:

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

in memoriam commencement cap

19. AU Pride:

Show your love for Ashford and get creative with our official colors.

Ashford University commencement cap

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Written by Erin Ansley, content specialist, Zovio

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