Grad Cap Contest 2019

Decorate your mortarboard and win!


First Place

A $100 Amazon gift card will be awarded to the individual whose cap gets the most votes at the end of the voting period.


Final 8
The eight finalists will receive a PSU T-shirt.

Stand out from the crowd by decorating your grad cap and entering it in the 2019 Grad Cap Contest! The contest, a partnership with the PSU Alumni Association, will be a seeded bracke-style tournament that will be held throughout commencement festivities.   

How to enter

Show and Tag

  • Share a public photo of your decorated graduation cap using the hashtag #2019pdxgrad.
  • Entries can be submitted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also email them to
  • Social media posts shared privately will not be entered because they will not be seen.
  • A committee of students will then choose the top caps to enter the public competition and seed them for a bracket-style vote-off. PSU followers will vote on their favorite caps through our PSU Instagram stories.


  • Submissions will be accepted until June 9 at 5 p.m.
  • Voting on IG stories begins June 10, and the winner will be crowned on June 17.
  • Winners will be notified by June 18 at 5 p.m. on the PSU Facebook page.


Decorations should be original and engaging. Caps should not be offensive, distracting or obstruct anyone's view of the ceremony. 

Decorating Table Events

We'll have a table chock full of decorating supplies like paint, stickers and glitter to get you started. Bring your cap and express your creativity!

Senior Sendoff

Tuesday June 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Simon Benson House

Table available

Wednesday, June 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Karl Miller

Good luck and Congratulations, Class of 2019!