Graduation

30 Graduation Cap Ideas Just for You

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2017

Before you embark on the next phase of your life, take the time to soak it all in and appreciate how far you’ve come. Your graduation cap and gown not only represent all of your hard work and unique accomplishments but also, the person you’ve become over the past four years.

Aside from pondering what side the tassel goes on and wondering how to wear a graduation cap, many students are opting to go out in style. Graduation cap decoration is becoming a fun formality for high school and college grads alike. What a fun way to celebrate your journey and make this moment yours!
If you’re looking for graduation cap decoration ideas, we have you covered with everything from funny cap ideas, to cute cap ideas and cap decoration ideas that will make you wonder why you hadn’t thought of that in the first place.

Polaroid Picture

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Shake it like a polaroid picture, grads! Show off the memories you made along the way by attaching your favorite moments to your graduation cap. Celebrate your unique journey in style and design a graduation cap that will make a statement. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, right? The photographs on your cap will help you tell your story and celebrate these moments. You can also print out extra polaroids to use for decoration at your graduation party (your guests will enjoy the extra photos).


Calling All Graphic Design Majors

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This creative graduation cap dresses up academic regalia with a sleek touch. Handpick your favorite Pantone color swatch and add your own details. This design is simple to recreate and perfect for those of you who studied graphic design.


Pretty in Floral Pink

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This floral styled graduation cap idea is not only beautiful but, it also allows you to share a meaningful graduation quote on your special day. Add a few of your favorite words and a special design to make your graduation cap one-of-a-kind.


Say it All

simple graduation cap ideas

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Create a unique graduation cap decoration that says it all. This simple design really makes a statement, especially for an almost alumni. Find the perfect words that speak to you and then take to your cap with a white marker or paint. The light color looks great on the black mortarboard plus, it gives you the chance show off your witty side— you deserve it! 


The Star Wars Lover

starwars graduation cap ideas

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Do you have a love for Star Wars? This movie line is perfect for the Star Wars loving graduate-to-be. Whatever the odds may be, go after your goals and go confidently in the future you have envisioned for yourself. This grad cap design will remind you of just that.


Silhouette

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Use the dark background of the mortarboard to create an amazing cut out silhouette. What a perfect idea to craft the skyline of your next destination.


The “Friends” Lover

graduation cap decoration ideas

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Use your grad cap to reference your all-time favorite TV show. This Friends TV show cap is decorated with wit and style. The show’s iconic episode titles will forever live on your graduation cap and help you celebrate your big day. Design a funny graduation cap that will have all of your fellow colleagues smiling as you walk across the stage.


Sparkle and Shine

glitter graduation cap decoration ideas

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Design a cap to shine just as bright as your academic career. You’ll be ready to walk across that stage and grab your diploma after creating a cap that stuns like this one.


Wanderlust

travel graduation cap ideas

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For those students with serious wanderlust and an excitement to explore the world, this cap decoration was created with you in mind! If you love to travel, make sure to create a cap that celebrates your adoration. 


Give Your Support Team a Shoutout

cute grad cap ideas

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You surely couldn’t have made it these past four years without your support team. Whoever or whatever may have helped you earn that diploma deserves some appreciation. Use your graduation cap as a canvas to thank them for being a shoulder to lean on when the nights were late and the coffee wasn’t strong enough.


Couldn’t Have Made it Without…

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In addition to thanking your family and friends, don’t forget about the other tools that helped you earn that diploma. How can anyone make it through school without Google? Use your grad cap decoration to give Google a shout out.


Thanks for Giving Me The World

high school graduation cap ideas

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Give proper recognition and show off your artistic skills by thanking your support team for giving you the world. Adding the bright blue and green globe will give your graduation cap a splash of color no one will be able to miss!


What a Record Four Years

music graduation cap ideas

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If your love for music plays a pivotal role in your life, why not celebrate that on your special day? With custom paper and your favorite record, your cap will be designed in no time.


Heritage Flair

college graduation cap ideas

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The best graduation cap designs are the ones that celebrate you. This is one of those cute graduation cap ideas you won’t want to miss out on. Design a cap that stays true to who you are and celebrates your heritage. Plus, a few bright florals will help you stand out among the crowd.


Three Dimensional

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No one said there were limits to your graduation cap designs. Send yourself off with a cheers to new adventures and a three dimensional cap that will stick out in the best way possible. Graduation day can be a little bittersweet for many. Don’t forget to enjoy the moment, reminisce about where you started and most importantly, celebrate where you are headed.


I Must Go

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Celebrate your post-grad plans with your graduation cap design. Are you headed for a new job, more schooling, to the mountains or off to travel the world? What is calling your name?


Funny Graduation Cap Ideas

funny graduation cap ideas

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Show off your wonderful sense of humor with your grad cap design. The big day is serious but your grad cap doesn’t have to be. You can use your graduation cap to remind you and your friends to have some fun.


College Graduation Cap Ideas

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What has shaped your college experience? Design your college graduation cap to represent everything you were involved in. Think clubs, greek life, sports and all that good stuff. Add an inspirational quote or graduation song lyrics to remind yourself of your goals and to never stop chasing them.


Psych!

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A graduation cap that celebrates your degree and makes people smile with a play on words might be just the inspiration you were looking for. Calling all psychology majors.


Nursing Graduation Cap Ideas

nursing graduation cap ideas

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If you just made your way through nursing school, why not create a cap that reflects that? This DIY nursing graduation cap idea is simple to recreate. Use your favorite colors, school colors or even add sparkle and then top with a bow and nursing stickers.


The Grey’s Anatomy Reference

nursing grad cap ideas

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Any Grey’s Anatomy fans out there? Celebrate your Bachelors of Science in Nursing with an iconic quote from the medical drama TV show. It’s a beautiful day to graduate, too!


Celebrate Your Faith

religious grad cap

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If your faith has played an important role in your life and the past four years of school then you might think about decorating your cap to celebrate that. There are a handful of graduation bible verses that are very fitting for this occasion. We love the gold detail that really makes this verse shine.


Techy

apple grad cap ideas

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You couldn’t have possibly made it through the past four years without a laptop by your side. All the late nights you’ve spent together and everything you’ve been through, why not take it with you on your graduation day? We are loving this Apple designed cap that makes a great fit for a computer engineer grad-to-be. 


Forever a Mascot

college grad cap ideas

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Get into the school spirit and be proud to be an alumni. This graduation cap decoration idea will help you do just that plus, it will also look great in your graduation pictures


Superhero Style

superhero grad cap

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Show off your superhero style on graduation day and decorate a cap featuring your favorite character. This graduate has a love for Wonderwoman.


Simply Artistic

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You don’t need to go over the top with paint, stickers and bows. This graduation cap decoration idea shows just what you can accomplish with a gold pen!


Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Degree!

disney graduation cap decoration

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Show off your love for Disney and give an ode to your favorite flick with your graduation cap. This grad has a sweet spot for Cinderella. If only the past four years were as easy as the twirl of a wand, right?


Use a Quote

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Design a cap that will inspire you and your fellow graduates. Add an inspirational graduation message to your cap; you can’t go wrong with a motivational cap. Don’t forget to add your personal details like the degree you earned and your school colors.


Adobe, Anyone?

grad cap ideas

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Recreate your school’s initials to look like an Adobe software icon. This grad cap idea is perfect for designers and a great way to represent your university.


Dazzle With Bedazzle

graduation cap decoration

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 Friends and family will be able to easily spot you during the ceremony with this beautiful and glitzy graduation cap. Recreate with a hot glue gun and a handful of jewels. Represent your university proudly and dazzle your school logo!

No matter what design you choose to incorporate on your graduation cap, the most important thing is to create a design that represents you and your unique accomplishments. Whether your cap decorations tip a hat to your college major, thank your mom and dad or show off your witty personality, putting your own spin on your graduation cap design is another chance for you to show everyone just how talented you are.