Cap Decorating Contest

Grad Cap 2020 contest winners

Our first annual Grad Cap contest was a huge success. We are so thrilled by all of the wonderful, creative entries that were submitted. Thank you so much to all the participants! We couldn't have done it with out you! The winners will be contacted directly.

As a member of the IU Bicentennial Class of 2020, we know you’ve worked incredibly hard to reach Commencement. You earned your degree and deserve to celebrate with everyone who has helped you on this journey. All of us at IU look forward to officially and publicly recognizing your achievements as soon as the situation permits.

Graduation cap decorations are a time-honored tradition. This creative rite of passage has been a longstanding Commencement activity at IU. Along with many other virtual  activities, we invite you to participate in the graduation cap decorating contest open to graduates at all IU campuses.


Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 17.

How to Enter:

  • Take a photo of your decorated graduation cap (mortarboard). Horizontal photos work best.
  • Post it to your Instagram or Twitter account (remember to make your post public so we can find it).
  • Tag your post with #IUgradcap20 and #IU200.
  • Follow the contest on Instagram and Twitter.

Contest Rules:

  • 2020 undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to participate.
  • Entries open at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5 and close at midnight on Sunday, May 17.
  • Only one photo will be accepted per student.
  • Photos with two or more people will not be eligible for prizes, but may be shared on IU’s social media accounts.
  • Entries must be entirely original, taken by the submitting graduate, and may not violate any third-party rights.
  • Please keep your submissions in good taste. Offensive or disrespectful submissions will not be considered for prizes.

Contest Judging:

  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 20, on our Instagram and Twitter accounts, this website, and by direct message.
  • Winners will be selected by representatives of the Commencement team.
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