Hats Off to Our Grads

Scholars have been wearing hats with their academic regalia for hundreds of years, both worldwide and at our institution. The current square hat design is called a mortarboard because of its resemblance in shape to the device utilized by masons to hold mortar. These caps have become a standard topper to the black gowns.

Over recent years, Augusta University graduates have developed a new tradition by making mortarboards into message boards. The designs might celebrate accomplishments, thank parents or express an opinion. With a little (or maybe a lot of ) paint, sequins and glue, our graduates have topped off their regalia with standout style. Here’s a glimpse of some eye-catching caps.

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