Tuesday, May 9, 2017

grad cap first look + 60 ideas for decorating yours



Hi everyone! As you may have seen on social media, I will be graduating from North Carolina State University on Saturday with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in marketing. Yep, that's a mouthful. It's been a long three years and I'm thrilled to be done.

What you haven't yet seen on social media is how I decorated my graduation cap! This was kind of a big deal for me because we weren't allowed to decorate them at my high school so the pressure was on to think of the absolute perfect idea for my one chance to decorate it. After hours months of scouring Pinterest, I curated a pretty nice collection of ideas on my Senior Year board.

I ultimately decided on a quote from the song in the Carousel of Progress ride in Tomorrowland at Disney's Magic Kingdom. It's perfect for me because I can't imagine having a quote that didn't involve Disney in some way but it's not over the top or specific to one movie/character.

 There's a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of everyday
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow just a dream away

Big thanks to my mom and my friend, Katherine, for bringing my cap idea to life! Isn't Katherine's handwriting unreal?! I would also like to thank my friend, Zara, for taking my senior pictures! Zara and I were in the same orientation group and then the same First Year College class for our first semester so she was my first college friend! 









After all my research and exploration for my own grad cap, I put together a list of my favorites out of everything I found to provide some inspiration for your cap when you graduate! Below are 60 of my favorite ideas from all different categories - from Disney to future careers - that are clever and original.  

I kept the ideas pretty general so that you could put your own spin on them with unique colors and art to make them perfect for you. I wanted my grad cap to represent me as a person and Disney has been a huge part of my life since I was a toddler. It's a great way to show everyone what's special to you and who are you, besides just a college student. 



thanks mom and dad


your favorite quote

she believed she could so she did
be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire
the best is yet to come
and off she went to change the world
she designed a life she loved
every end is a new beginning

credit the ones who really got you through

thanks netflix
powered by chickfila
this grad brought to you by quizlet
here because of google
fueled by coffee

your next destination 

the mountains are calling and I must go
omw to nyc
california bound
next stop: law school
let the journey begin (w/ map print)

bff collaboration

finding nemo: do you have your exit buddy? // yes I have my exit buddy
spongebob + patrick: four years later.... // we made it!
dr. suess: grad 1 + grad 2 
that's my best friend // go best friend
toy story - buzz + woody - so long partner // to infinity and beyond

humor

now hotter by one degree
I usually wear a crown but today this will do
I wined a lot but I did it
"bye bye bye" with n*sync
I already forgot everything ft. Dory
no some ragrets

inspired by a tv show

grey's anatomy: pick me, choose me, hire me
spongebob: is this graduation? no this is patrick
gilmore girls: where you lead, I will follow
gossip girl: we make our own fairytales -blair waldorf
boy meets world: grad/your name meets world

inspired by a movie

jurassic park: clever girl + logo
harry potter: mischief managed
clueless: still totally clueless with movie logo
pitch perfect: crushed it ft. rebel wilson
legally blonde: what? like it's hard?
the great gatsby: the great gradsby

bible verses

Psalm 46:5 - God is within her, she will not fail
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you
Proverbs 31:25 - She laughs without fear of the future
1 Peter 1:6 - Be truly glad there is wonderful joy ahead


inspired by disney

mulan: a degree worth fighting for
tangled: on to my new dream
peter pan: everything ends and so our story begins 
hercules: I can go the distance
beauty and the beast: I want adventure in the great wide somewhere
meet the robinsons: keep moving forward


referencing your future career

nursing x monsters university: we scare because we care (+ a needle)
psychologist: I chose the psycho path
teacher: it takes a big heart to shape little minds
photographer: oh snap + camera
speech language pathologist: putting the antics back in semantics 


inspired by music

drake: if you're reading this I graduated
chris brown: look at me now, I'm getting paper
beyonce: best revenge is your paper
high school musical: the start of something new
fall out boy: thnks fr th mmrs
jay z: 99 problems but a degree ain't one


Be sure to tweet me pictures of how you decorate your grad cap @madisoncarter12! I can't wait to see!