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Timely Ideas For Your Graduation Cap Decoration

As much as seniors may be avoiding the g-word, graduation is quickly approaching. While these last few weeks are spent bar-crawling and cramming for those last finals, there are a couple graduation preparations you don’t want to forget, including buying your cap and gown.

In addition to the purchase, many students choose to personalize their cap, which it also makes it much easier for parents to spot you in the crowd during your ceremony.

If you’re lacking in creativity, or have prioritized getting those last happy hours in, we’re here to help. We’ve come up with some Penn State-themed graduation ideas to mark important events that have happened during your four years here.

Saquon Barkley

Our class will forever be remembered as the class of Saquon Barkley. While the NFL Rookie of the Year will not be walking the stage with us next month, he was a member of the Class of 2019 for three years. His time at Penn State marked him as one of the best in Penn State history, and his first year in the NFL did not disappoint. Since he won’t be with us on graduation day, a tribute to Saquon Barkley would be a very fitting graduation cap decoration.

The Downtown Skyline

A landscape of downtown College Ave. would be a cute cap decoration, and could feature several new additions in the past four years. High rises are now sprinkled throughout downtown, and it seems like a new one is being built on every corner. In addition, there are new donut shops, pizza shops, and even a new Sheetz.

Snow Days and Canceled Classes

While the last two years haven’t had record-breaking winters, the amount of classes canceled by Penn State has definitely been at an all time high. A graduation cap decorated with a snow topped Old Main would be a fitting addition to your graduation get up.

Famous Field Goal Block

Upsetting Ohio State in 2016 was done in historic fashion, with White Out conditions ending with Marcus Allen blocking a field goal, and Grant Haley returning it to clinch the win for the Nittany Lions. The play was quite possibly the most important one that happened during our four years, and would make a great graduation cap decoration.

The Jonas Brothers

Your pre-teen self would appreciate a graduation cap decorated with Champs’ Penn State’s favorite brothers. The Jonas Brothers have been connected to Penn State for years, with Joe and DNCE surprising the crowd at THON in 2017. Their love for the school seems to have amplified throughout the past couple weeks as Champs progressed through the stages of the Barstool Best Bar competition. They even brought their wives along for a surprise performance at the downtown bar.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Still feeling festive? Or maybe just really excited for Christmas 2019? Mark your time at Penn State with a Christmas tree cap decoration in honor of the 2017 Rockefeller Center tree, which was selected from State College.

Mike the Mailman

We’re one of the last graduating classes that had the pleasure of having Mike the Mailman on campus. Mike retired from the United State Postal Service in 2017 after serving 48 years in the University Park post office. Celebrating his time at Penn State would be a perfect graduation cap idea.

NIT Victory

While the 2019 basketball season may not have been everything fans were hoping for, the team did have a successful run in 2018 which culminated in a win at the NIT Championship. The last time they won the tournament was in 2009, when us graduating seniors would have been in the midst of studying for 7th grade science tests.


This is certainly far from everything that has happened at Penn State during our time here, but these suggestions will hopefully get the reminiscing juices flowing if you’re planning for a Penn State themed graduation cap. Decorating the cap not your thing? No worries. Your parents will probably just be happy if you remember to buy your cap and gown and show up to graduation on time.

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About the Author

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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