How to Decorate Your Graduation Cap and Gown

How to Decorate Your Graduation Cap and Gown

MIchelle Wong Yash Naidu ‘17 (left) and Michelle Wong ‘17 (right) posing together at their  high school graduation with their caps decorated with Pacific pride!

                                                                                                 Michelle Wong
Yash Naidu ‘17 (left) and Michelle Wong ‘17 (right) posing together at their
high school graduation with their caps decorated with Pacific pride!

It is that time of year again where our seniors are preparing to put on their caps and gowns and show them off on graduation morning. However, some graduation caps and gowns are meant to show something in the realms of individuality. So, the one way to express yourself and stand out at your graduation ceremony is to decorate your cap and gown.

Potential decorations can be fashionable, sentimental or symbolic of honors, extracurricular activities, or even your travels through your time at Pacific. Since everyone will be looking at you, decorating your cap is appropriate simply because spectators get a clear view of who you are as they watch the ceremony.

When it comes to planning the decoration of your cap, remember that not everyone is the craftiest. So, trace the outline of your graduation cap onto a piece of paper to plan out your design. Place elements, such as letters cut out from paper of a contrasting color, rhinestones, silk flowers, photos and chenille stems on paper as a practice run.

If a particular person, organization, sport or activity was meaningful to you during your education at Pacific, representing it on your cap is a way to honor and celebrate that. Also, remember to modify the design until you find something that you like that also fits in the space with which you have to work.

All you must do from there is glue the elements laid out on the practice paper onto the actual graduation cap. Remember to allow the glue to dry completely before moving the cap, or you will be sorry you did not.

Regarding some tips and warnings during your decorating process, keep in mind to refrain from putting anything on your graduation cap that stands more than an inch or two from the top. The people sitting behind you will appreciate your consideration.

In addition, keep your decor classy or not too raunchy. If you do not follow your school’s regulations regarding the decoration of your cap and gown, it just might prohibit you from participating in the ceremony. Other than that, express yourself however the hell you want. It is your day to live it up.

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Jenna Graves

Lifestyles Editor at The Pacifican

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