It’s that time of the year again — when new graduates collect their diplomas and cards full of cash, and wave goodbye to a stage of their lives. Although the graduation ceremony is a time-honored tradition for decades, this generation’s group of grads have a new dress requirement: namely, elaborately personalized mortarboards.
Now, for the old-timers out there — sure, we know back in the day some grads created clever messages out of masking tape on top of their caps. However, these are a generation or two beyond, the more elaborate, the better; and the more clever the pop-culture reference, the best.
This year’s crop of caps paid tribute to such musical stars as Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Cardi B:
let’s give it up one more time for my graduation cap ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4vkwiVDENP
— Beyoncé's Niece (@NatiaKenyatta) May 15, 2018
— Chun-Leezy (@OjNoSimpson__) May 16, 2018
But not just the ladies were represented. Former One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles and Chance the Rapper made appearances as well!
Graduation cap ready thanks to @hazstylestrash for her amazing edit of @Harry_Styles thank you so much Kris. Your work always blows my mind. I love you!! #nurse #futurenurse #classof2018 #college #collegegrad #BSN #Harry #HarryStyles #OneDirection #Directioner #SignOfTheTimes pic.twitter.com/2B7w8k9LX8
— ⚓Cris️ (@CrisLovesH) May 17, 2018
@chancetherapper aside from your awesome music, you have been an inspiration and role model to me with what you do to help the youth and your people. Here is the final product of my graduation cap for my graduation ceremony! Thank you pic.twitter.com/WHP8QAJsVq
— Alan Ordaz (@vlvn7) May 20, 2018
And, hey, there were a few choice song lyrics that allegedly made it out onto the graduation field, too — including at least one that made the whole family happy.
i feel bad asking for reblogs but i just finished my graduation cap and i really want taylor to see it so a reblog would make me so happy https://t.co/SLJMFfSi2L @taylorswift13 @taylornation13 pic.twitter.com/rcYU79ouBY
— emily wants to hug taylor! 10 (@wiscoswift) May 13, 2018
My parents don’t know I quoted Drake on my graduation cap bc it said “God’s plan” so they just think I’m a good Christian lolll
— NOS (@souled__) May 16, 2018
Meanwhile, some other students decided to pay homage to the various TV series that helped them unwind during stressful finals weeks (or, perhaps, kept them from studying as much as they should!):
— ㅤㅤjasmineㅤㅤ (@selenasawkward) May 17, 2018
my graduation cap! shoutout to @DAVID_LYNCH and @Kyle_MacLachlan for keeping me sane for the last year and a half; i spent more time watching #TwinPeaks than i did studying. pic.twitter.com/x9KZwot2iF
— NICE ONE, FUNNIE (@8bitpizzas) May 17, 2018
Still others decided to dedicate their caps to actors who have made a difference in their lives (and, in the case of Mindy Kaling at least, some actors took notice back).
— Lauren (@laurenmuro314) May 22, 2018
A post shared by Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) on May 15, 2018 at 12:26pm PDT
Yes, we’ve certainly come a long way from putting our boyfriends’/girlfriends’ initials on the board with a few strips of tape.
Here’s to all the graduates out there: Congratulations to the class of 2018!
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