8 Graduation Caps That Will Inspire You

By Khadejah Stegall

Graduation season is here and graduates are decorating their caps to tell their story about their journey to graduation. We’re featuring our favorite graduation caps and got the story behind them. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry and others will inspire you to take over the world with no limits.


“I chose this quote from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was one of my favorite books throughout the last four years of high school and it meant a lot to me. And last October I published my very first novel (Handcuffs Wishes & Misinterpreted Kisses), so I wanted to design my cap to have a quote from one of my favorite books, and represent my own passion for writing as well. The quote means a lot to me because I know that high school was just one chapter in my book, and the pages will be there forever.”

- Bree Smith, graduate of Mannford High School in Mannford, Oklahoma


“This cap was commissioned as a homage to Solange's "Don't Touch My Hair", an ode to black women and the symbolic nature of our hair. Black esteem is higher than it's ever been and empowering images of black women in particular are permeating the art world! The majority of my commissions feature images of black esteem and it's no surprise. What better time to display such pride than at graduation?”

This graduation cap was done by @artworkbybria. Follow her to see more #BlackGirlMagic caps she customizes!


“When I was a freshman, my parents told me that they would pay for my education as long as I studied abroad. However, when I came to A&T, I did not want to go. After a couple of internships, I realized that one way to remain competitive is to study abroad so in the fall of my senior year, I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain and my outlook on life and my way of thinking changed. So my cap is just a way to tell my parents thank you for such a great experience.”

-Kiana Washington, Graduate of North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University


“I've spent the past four years at this university and I'm so excited to graduate! I've met some of my best friends here and of course we have drank a lot of wine to get through our senior year and just having fun on the weekends!”

- Kimberly Konieczny, Graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield.


“The story of where I've come in comparison to where my destiny lies ahead is a powerful one and I give praises to the most high for all of the blessings He has poured into my life.”

- Ashley Aristide, Graduate of University of Florida


“I'm from Harrisburg (HBG), PA and where I'm from not many people go to college and the few that do rarely attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). When I noticed a few of the people that I graduated with from the city were attending HBCUs (DSU, Clark, Fisk etc.), I decided to create a program where we all got together during our Christmas break to speak to the students at the different high schools all over the city and promote HBCU awareness in our community. This has not only increased the number of our city's youth attending HBCUs but just going to college in general. I put this on my cap to not only represent where I came from, but the impact I've had on my community.”

-Todlin Lattimore, Graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


“My mother passed away January 7th and I was devastated. I fell into a debilitating depression and I had terrible anxiety. I was going to drop out but I made it! I spent nights praying and crying but I am graduating! This semester had been so hard and I didn't think I would make it, But my soul looks back in wonder how I got over.”

- Christen Edwards, Graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


“I am a AKA and love the colors pink and green. So when designing it, I knew I had to incorporate those colors. For the statement ‘System.out.print.in,’ that is a coding term from my computer science background which is what I am getting my Bachelor's degree in. Then the quote ‘she made it by the grace of God’ means just that! I made it!”

-Shana E., Graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com