It’s graduation season, a milestone moment known for its mandatory dress of cap and gown.
Recently, when visiting a commencement ceremony at Philadelphia University, many soon-to-be grads used the top of their caps as a square canvas for self-expression and to stand out from the sea of uniformity.
A program book handed out at the ceremony explained that traditionally, the attire worn at a graduation is black (or plain-colored) because it symbolizes the democracy of scholarship, since the gowns cover any dress or rank of social standing worn beneath.
But for some, the square mortar board has great opportunity to broadcast a message of individualism, pride or achievement. And these messages can be easily seen from the viewpoint of the people sitting behind them.
These photographs show some of the best caps that graduates from Philadelphia University and Rutgers University Camden made at this year’s commencement ceremonies.