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The Class of 2017’s Best Decorated Graduation Caps

Last week, we asked to see your decorated graduation caps and received many creative designs in response. From Penn State to Kanye West, the designs crossed many genres and each reflected the individual’s personality. This is an annual tradition many graduates look forward to, and this year’s designs did not disappoint. Congratulations, Penn State Class of 2017!

Penn State Pride

Left: Mackenzie Yoho will graduate with a degree in supply chain management. She attributes a lot of who she is today to the experiences she had while at Penn State, and used that as inspiration for her cap.

Center: Amanda Anthony, who will graduate with a degree in hospitality management, dedicates her cap decoration to her mother. Her mother encouraged her to become a part of the Blue Band Silk Line and Anthony now says Blue Band has given her the best years of her life.

Right: Paige Brown will graduate with a degree in communication science and disorders (CSD).

Television Show-Inspired

Left: Maggie Lynch, an athletic training major, is known for being obsessed with SpongeBob and chose to incorporate this obsession onto her mortarboard.

Right: Jessica Magnuson will graduate from the corporate innovation and entrepreneurship program and chose to dedicate her cap to the hit television show Friends. She rarely goes a day without watching an episode or two, and hopes her life post-graduation resembles the show.


Left: Kevin Hicks, graduating from the College of Nursing, took Kanye’s Graduation album cover and gave it some Penn State flair, adding in the Nittany Lion symbol to the jacket and the Nittany Lion himself in the bottom right corner.

Right: Julia Moscato is graduating with a degree in human development and family studies and will return to Penn State in the fall to begin her graduate studies in higher education. She chose to use a classic song lyric from the Beatles for her cap design.


Left: Bria Marable, a telecommunications major, is a Disney fanatic and thought this quote from Peter Pan would be perfect representation of her new journey into the adult world.

Right: Abby is graduating with three majors — advertising, global and international studies, and Spanish — and has a special attachment to the quote she chose for her cap. Growing up in the military, she moved several times as a child and always lived by the words “Bloom where you’re planted.” She continued to use this as her motto during her time at Penn State. She chose to change the second half of the quote as a reminder to handle anything life throws at her with poise, and also because Grace is her dad’s call sign in the military.

Left: Madison Schantz gained a great appreciation for the ability to communicate while studying communication science disorders during her time at Penn State and chose to represent this on her cap. As a future speech-language pathologist (SLP), she believes everyone deserves a voice and hopes to give them just that.

Right: Sarah Ross, graduating with a degree in international politics, has always been obsessed with traveling. Lucky for her, she landed a job in France and will move after graduation to start her new journey.


Left: Rebecca Felix, Katelyn Robers, Chanel Washington, Alex Nunes, and Shannon Keenan are all nursing majors who got together to decorate their caps.

Right: Oliva Caldwell, majoring in civil engineering, used a major-related play on words for her cap design.

Macie Whitsel, an animal science major (right), and Ashley Confer, an agricultural science major (left), met their freshman year while at Penn State Mont Alto. They transferred to University Park together and have even roomed together during their last semester. The quote they chose to decorate their coordinating caps with has a special place in their hearts, as it also appears on their matching tattoos.

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Janelle Rothacker

Currently a senior studying Kinesiology, Janelle is proud to call upstate NY (the real part, not the 30 minutes north of the city part) home. She's an avid runner and enjoys everything and anything sports. She also has a love of pancakes, avoids the HUB like the plague during the in between classes rush, and can quote the majority of Friends episodes from memory. If you want to hear all the embarrassing things she does daily, or want to contact her, follow her on twitter at @janellerothack or email her at [email protected]


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