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55 Creative Graduation Caps Worn by Crafty Grads

In the past, the humble graduation hat was merely part of the customary and ceremonial “cap and gown” ensemble.  Today, however, it has been transformed into a canvas for crafty graduates looking to go out with a bang. Ceremonies are made all the brighter and more entertaining thanks to the crafty grads' premeditated graduation cap ideas—which include clever, comical, and creative designs.

This collection of quirky caps range in style, concept, and inspiration. Many reference pop culture staples spanning well-known films, iconic television shows, and beloved childhood cartoon characters. On the opposite side of the spectrum, some convey political and social undertones. Still, many simply act as “thank you” notes to those who made it all possible: friends, family, and, of course, coffee.

The last couple of years, with politics seeming to seep into every aspect of life, there has been a surge in political activism shining through graduates’ crafted caps. Students who are immigrants or whose parents have migrated from another country are proudly expressing how their family’s dreams are coming to fruition. Many people migrate to another country in order to lead a better life for their families, and education is one of the many privileges they seek out. As a result, these graduation caps are more than fancy headgear to them—they’re a symbol of success and a platform to show pride in their accomplishments.

Scroll down to see some of the best and most creative graduation cap ideas.

Graduation Cap Art

Photo: kasta.art

Creative Graduation Cap Ideas

Photo: vivsrivs

Graduation Hats

Photo: lvoekat

Creative Graduation Cap Ideas

Photo: aww.sam

IMMIGRAD Graduation Caps

Photo: anaextina

Graduation Hats

Photo: drea.oz

Creative Graduation Cap Ideas

Photo: popwithlo

Graduation Cap Art

Photo: holacrafty

Creative Grad Caps for Graduation

Photo: Bria Bowen

Creative Grad Caps for Graduation

Photo: Lauren Law

Creative Graduation Cap Design

Photo: Amber


Congratulations, class of 2022!


This article has been edited and updated.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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