Academic Ceremonies

Cap Decorating Contest

Cap Decorating Contest

Graduating mastodons can submit their graduation cap (mortarboard) designs during the entry period via email to

(Note to Master's Candidates: You are allowed to keep your caps. Rental gowns and hoods must be returned.)


  • Entries must be submitted from an address and include your first and last name and major
  • Designs must contain a blue triangle and the year ‘2018’
  • No explicit or inappropriate content permitted; must uphold university handbook guidelines


  • Entry period: now through Sunday, May 6th at 11:59 p.m.
  • Voting period: Monday April 23rd at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 6th at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winner announced via social media at 3:30 p.m. on May 9th


  • All eligible entries will be uploaded to a #Commencement 2018 album on the Commencement Facebook page @IPFWCommencement. The IPFW community will vote by “liking” their favorite grad cap design. All Facebook reactions will count as votes.  Voting ends Sunday, May 6th at 11:59 p.m.
  • The contest entry with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be the prize package winner. Winner will be notified through social email (email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter) and may pick up their prize immediately following the ceremony at the Mastodon Alumni Association table in the Graduation Celebration that follows the ceremony.


  • December 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 IPFW degree candidates are eligible to participate.
  • By participating, you agree that IPFW may use your submitted photo, name, and degree information content for marketing and advertising purposes. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook.
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