The dilemma with decorating graduation caps

Photo courtesy of Bri Temple | Bri Temple is decorating a separate cap to use in her upcoming graduation photos that will be worn after commencement to “get around” the rule of no decorated caps.Photo courtesy of Bri Temple | Bri Temple is decorating a separate cap to use in her upcoming graduation photos that will be worn after commencement to “get around” the rule of no decorated caps.

It’s graduation season and seniors are getting ready for their big day. Graduation is the symbolic tradition at which seniors celebrate a milestone: finishing college and beginning their careers.

However, the current issue concerning the decoration of graduation caps has students fuming about this revelation. 

It states on Winthrop University’s undergraduate commencement page that “graduates may wear stoles and cords from Winthrop organizations; however, caps may not be decorated.” With this rule, it feels as though Winthrop is limiting our sense of freedom to have what we want on our graduation caps. 

Jacob Weis, a junior mass communication major, feels as though students should be able to decorate their caps. 

“Winthrop is a school that prides itself on its diversity and creativity and people should be able to express themselves and be who they are,” said Weis.

Decorating caps has always been a tradition that students do at their schools. With the amount of diverse students that we have at Winthrop, there should be the option to decorate our caps. 

We put all of our money into purchasing the commencement outfits, so we should have the luxury of decorating them. 

Not only does it allow for seniors to get creative, but it allows us to reflect our personal interests and journeys through college; it gives us a chance to show off our personality on our big day, which only comes once in our lives. Some seniors like to put future colleges on their caps to show that they are moving onward to bigger opportunities. 

Conversely, this rule erases the possibility of inappropriate language and imagery. With insensitive, vulgar or derogatory content, administration may feel as though seniors are not responsible enough. 

“They want everything to be uniformed and put together,” said Weis.

If controversial content is a problem for the school, then the administration should not allow for those who have those types of caps to not allow them to walk, not punish the whole graduating class.

Photo courtesy of Bri Temple | Bri Temple is decorating a separate cap to use in her upcoming graduation photos that will be worn after commencement to “get around” the rule of no decorated caps.

Photo courtesy of Bri Temple | Bri Temple is decorating a separate cap to use in her upcoming graduation photos that will be worn after commencement to “get around” the rule of no decorated caps.

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