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It’s a tradition at some colleges to decorate the top of your mortarboard for graduation (other schools forbid it). The designs range from pop culture icons to family tributes to something symbolic about your degree, such as this cap for a TV and Film major.
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And then there are those who are looking ahead to the future.
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This is just a small sampling of the 31 clever and creative mortarboards gleaned from Instagram that you can see at Buzzfeed.