Keep the Caps Classy


Bacosa Photography

Every girl wants to stand out on graduation day, but how far should Pres girls be allowed to take this desire to be unique?

As it now stands, Presentation does not allow the decorating of graduation caps. While typical criticisms of this rule are that it is unjust and restricts individuality, these views are myopic. In order to spare the eyes of graduation-goers and unify the senior class, Presentation should continue to restrict the decoration of graduation caps.

Let’s start with the obvious. Though we do have some very talented and artistic students on campus and an incredible NAHS club, not every Pres girl is Picasso. If we allow grad caps to be decorated, there is a good chance that the majority of them will end up looking…well, less than stellar.

In theory, each girl having a blazoned cap would enhance the beauty of the event that is the glorious graduation. That is, until, only about 50% of the caps look presentable (and I’m being generous with that number). And what do you do when your best friend’s cap is bedazzled and beautiful, but yours looks like your little brother made it for you using Elmer’s glue and paper scraps?

Be honest, ladies. Everyone here has taken Drawing & Painting or Design and been a bit ashamed of how a project turned out. Or maybe you didn’t even get an A in art. Or you opted out of these classes by taking Dance or some technology-based elective, just so you wouldn’t have to pick up a crayon or paintbrush. Do we really want to display everyone’s “artistic” abilities on painfully visible caps on graduation day?

Of course, the argument could be made that you don’t have to decorate your cap if you’re creatively challenged, but who wants to be the Debbie Downer with the plain cap?

Yes, a decorated graduation cap could be fun for some and a good way to express individuality, but it may also cause competition over who is the most individual in the best way. A more appropriate expression of individuality would be having a unique dress (for under your gown) or a pair of to-die-for shoes.Then, the designing of garments is left to actual designers. And if you really want to differentiate yourself from others by your own accord, throw on some special makeup or do something fancy to your hair.

Also, let’s not forget that we have schoolwork to attend to. Designing a graduation cap that is both representative of you as a student and reflects effort and creativity is a huge task. Senioritis is a real disease that truly kicks in second semester. If you can’t read one chapter of a book for homework, what makes you think that you will be able to create a pretty art piece to wear?

There is also the issue of looking appropriate at graduation. This can be taken in more ways than one. Most likely, if decoration of caps were allowed, there would be a couple students who would try to make their caps into some joke that the administration might not find too funny. It would be difficult to monitor the different decorations of 200 girls before the actual day of graduation, so if any inappropriate caps were caught on grad day, these girls might be graduating in only a gown.

Also, why should you so desperately attempt to extricate ourselves from the class with which you are graduating? Honestly, ladies, you will probably lose ties with most of your classmates after graduation. This is the last chance for the seniors to present themselves as a unified class before coming Presentation alumnae. The spirit of the school deserves to be presented through the traditional solid blue caps and gowns, as a class bound together

And think: when you are 60 and looking back on your pictures from your high school graduation, do you really want to see some goofy “was-cool-in-2016” cap on your head?

For the sake of the artistically challenged and for the dignity of Presentation, students ought not be allowed to decorate their caps for graduation.