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12/3/2016 at 10:28:48 PM GMT
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Survey on Decorating Graduation Caps

Decorating graduation caps, also known as mortarboards, has become an increasingly common tradition among graduating students. Dr. Sheila Bock from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is doing a study on the diverse forms and meanings of this tradition among people graduating from colleges or universities. The purpose of this study, titled “Decorated Mortarboards: Forms and Meanings,” is to find out how and why people choose to decorate their mortarboards. Specifically, the study will document and analyze how decorated mortarboards serve as material forms of communication within the structured setting of college or university commencement ceremonies. The study will examine how decorated mortarboards become material sites for the performance of individual and group identities. It will also consider how these folk art forms provide insight into how graduating students reflect upon their role within the university and on the value of higher education more broadly. Anybody who has ever decorated a graduation cap for a graduation ceremony at a college or university and is at least 18 years old is invited to participate.

You can participate by:

  • Taking a brief survey about your grad cap
  • Participating in an interview about your grad cap
  • Sharing photos of your artwork

All collected materials will be digitally archived and made accessible to the public by the Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies.

More detailed information is available via this link:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Sheila Bock at


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