Pimp My Mortar Board: The Best Of #Gradcaps 2016

May 16, 2016  |  
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It’s that wonderful time of the year when graduates throughout the country prepare to walk across that glorious graduation stage and accept their hard-earned degrees. That little but highly symbolic piece of paper that they no doubt poured blood, sweat, and tears into obtaining.

And to celebrate the very festive and joyous occasion, undergraduate and post-grad graduates are decorating their typically plain, drab graduation caps, or mortar boards, with words of wisdom, pop culture references, scripture, and spins on popular song lyrics. They’re decorating them just about any and everything you can think of, really.  The sky is truly the limit and these unique, colorful, inventive, playful cap decorations we peeped on the ‘gram via the hashtag #gradcaps say it all.  Someone hire these inspiring, hard-working college and post-grad graduates with a quickness, please.  Congratulations, class of 2016!  We wish you much continued success.


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Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt is no joke.  For many college grads, paying off student loans is an ongoing and “forever” battle, as this cap hilariously displays.  Welcome to life post-graduation!

Cause I Slay

I have no doubt that this proud graduate slayed while walking across the stage wearing this cap with her spin on Beyoncé’s beloved “Formation” lyrics.

Views From Debt

Aw, look at little Drake sitting atop all that (debt) money.  That’s some collegiate view.


Could this cap represent one of the best visual examples of adulting ever?

Tuition Struggles

Truer words have never been spoken.


I guess someone was happy to be done with school.  Bachelor of Science degree?  Check.

Put Some Respeck On It

Listen up, class of 2016.  Put some #respeck on your graduation cap like this graduate did.


Wine and a great vocab?  What a lovely pairing.

Black Girls Rock

There’s nothing we as Black girls and women can’t do.  Yes, Black girls graduate, too!

And The Employment Search Begins

The caption under the photo says “for giggles,” but, hey.  You never know.  The creativity of this graduation cap alone could land someone a job!

An Ode To Howard University

How beautiful is this cap?  And the quote from Howard alum P. Diddy makes it even better.

Crying MJ

You knew someone would go there with the crying Jordan meme turned graduation cap.

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