2020 Graduation Cap Decorating Guidelines

  • Calling all Class of 2020 seniors

    You can submit photos of your designed graduation caps! These photos will be displayed on the Virtual Celebration page. Please read the guidelines BEFORE you submit your photos!

    Morton West: Submit your photos in the Graduation Cap Submission Form

    Morton East: Submit your photos in the Graduation Cap Submission Sharepoint

    What is/isn't allowed on my graduation cap design?

    The purpose of decorating your graduation cap is to enhance and personalize your graduation celebration. It is appropriate to put the following on your cap.

    • Thank a parent, grandparent, teacher, or friend
    • Recognize the university you will be attending
    • Their graduation year
    • The branch of the military they will be joining
    • Their home country’s flag

    Please take into consideration the following rules when decorating your graduation cap. Failure to follow these rules will result in the removal of the cap at the ceremony. Students WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the ceremony without a cap and gown.

    • Contain any advertisement, symbols, abbreviations, initials, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that: Refer to drugs or controlled substances, tobacco, alcohol, weapons, political in nature, or be of a sexual nature.
    • Denote an affiliation with gangs or which advocate drug use, violence, illegal activity, or disruptive behavior which is detrimental to the safety and welfare of other students.
    • Be obscene, profane, vulgar, or lewd.
    • Include numbers other than the graduation year.
    • Threaten the safety and welfare of any person.
    • Only the flat, top area of the mortar board may be decorated. There may be nothing hanging down from any of the sides of the cap.
    • Decorations must be flat on the surface of the cap. 3-D creations are prohibited.

    Graduation caps will be reviewed and approved in advance of the ceremony.

    Your cap CANNOT make noise. No bells, horns, or anything that makes noise.

    Note: This is not an exhaustive list and any adornment or message deemed inappropriate or determined to pose a safety risk, will not be permitted. Please email Dean McGlennon (West) at mmcglennon@jsmorton.org or Dean Dugan (East) at mdugan@jsmorton.org with questions about these guidelines.