Trending Now: 18 Graduation Cap Ideas for Graduation

June 26, 2019
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Trending Now: 18 Graduation Cap Ideas for Graduation

The newest trend in graduation is to decorate and personalize graduation caps. Students use quotes, images, messages, and University announcements to make their graduation cap especially theirs. In addition to the perfect graduation gift, a unique graduation cap is essential for graduation day.

We’ve compiled 18 of the best and most unique graduation cap decorations for inspiration for your upcoming day.

College Announcements

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Know where you are headed for college? Decorate your graduation cap with a college announcement. Check out some of our favorites below.

1. College Announcement Inspo

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Show your University pride by announcing where you’re headed in the fall. Invite your friends to do the same and don’t forget to take lots of photos!

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@kyramctigue via Instagram

@kyramctigue via Instagram

Funny Graduation Caps

Decorating your graduation cap with a funny quote or saying will definitely separate you from the sea of graduates on graduation day. Here are some of our favorite funny graduation caps.

2. The Office

Michael Scott has something to say…

Via Pinterest

3. Powered by Starbucks

Give a shout out to the most frequently visited coffee shop that helped fuel you through the early mornings finals week, and late night study sessions.

Via Pinterest

4. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones or Game of Loans? This creative play on words will definitely make you stand out above the rest.

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5. Graduates, Assemble!

Love a good Marvel movie? Copy this adorable graduation cap and give a shout out to your favorite characters who got you through the semester with comedic relief.

Via @_blingandthings and @missprissyessie

6. Finding Nemo

Grab a bestie and re-create this pairing based on your favorite Disney/Pixar movie. Just keep swimming!

7. High School Musical

We are all still trying to get over the fact that Zach Efron didn’t grace the halls of our high school…

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Glitter and Glam

Looking to do something super girly for your grad cap? Check out this tutorial on how to create the perfect glitter and glitz look from Aleenes on her YouTube channel.

8. Glitter and Glam – 3 ways!

9. Thousands of years later…

This take on the classic Sponge Bob Square Pants line is the perfect decor for a graduate who felt like time just went on…and on…and on…

Photo via My Modern Met

10. Goal Digger

If you’ve got goals and you’re ready to dig, this is the perfect grad cap for you!

Via @princess_crafts

Inspirational Quotes and Shout outs

There couldn’t be a better time to give a special shout out to the people who helped you along your graduation journey. Whether you are communicating your message via inspirational quote or giving some love to your parents, here are our favorite inspirational graduation caps you can copy!

11. Thanks Mom and Dad

Yes, you did the work, but remember who helped pack your lunch, drove you to basketball three days a week, and provided you with three square meals through your academic career. Shout out to the real MVP’s!

12. Travel Vibes – Next Stop, Everywhere!

Love traveling? Headed into a gap year? Whatever the case, if you’ve got the travel bug, this cap is perfect for you!

13. And So The Adventure Begins

Sometimes the real adventure starts when #adulting is at the forefront.

Via Pinterest

14. What time is it? Summertime, it’s Graduation!

It is 4,340 minutes until graduation, but who’s counting???

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15. Feminist Vibes

Girl, you deserve it. Rosie agrees….

16. Be the Queen

Maybe it is a graduation cap, maybe it is a crown. The context is completely up to you!

Photo via Southern Utah University

Major Announcement

If you are a college grad and want to shout from the rooftops the degree you just earned, decorating your graduation cap with the bells and whistles of your degree is a great way to honor your journey. Here are some of our favorites…

17. Done with this BS!

Pun intended…

Via Pinterest

Don’t forget your friends!

18. #BFFGoals

Sure, they didn’t pay your tuition, but your friends certainly were there for you throughout the year. Recreate this look and include your family, too!

Via SumCoco


We hope this article provided some inspo for your graduation caps and gear. This is one of the most important moments of your life, make sure you celebrate by creating a memento that will remind you for years to come the accomplishment you achieved. For more graduation and dorm inspo, check out our articles to guide you into the next step of your life!

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