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.