It’s graduation season. Anyone who has had the chance to walk across a stage wearing a cap and gown knows that one of the recent traditions in grad fashion is decorating one’s mortar board (that’s the funny, uncomfortable, impossible-to-get-to-stay-in-place hat).
In honor of grads everywhere and in the tradition of great books — literary, genre, and otherwise — here’s a round-up of some great literary mortar boards spotted at ceremonies over the last few years. Not all of these have attributions, but I’ve tried my best where possible.
from the @expecto_exterminate Instagram account, a fitting tribute to
The Hunger Games.
Another take on Hunger Games, this time with job offers.
Resisting an incredible urge to write “that’s what I’m Tolkien about.” Ah, oops. There it is.
A simple but pretty Dr. Seuss tribute via Lizzie Fresh on Tumblr.
Another take on the Seuss classic, this time with an illustration.
Via this Instagram user, it’s from the lesser-quoted Seuss book The Lorax.
Hard to detect the lie in this play on The Game of Thrones mortar board.
Of course, here’s one take on Harry Potter.
And another take on Harry Potter.
I’m sensing theme here.
J. K. Rowling is the best, isn’t she?
Kimberlyn Thomas took Alice in Wonderland as her cap’s inspiration.
If you’re going to do coordinating mortar boards with your significant other or best friend, you go all the way with your The Fault in Our Stars dedication.
Via this Instagram user, a lovely cap with a nice quote from The Wizard of Oz.
For the Jane Austen fan grads out there.
The perfect sentiment for any reader, via a graduate at California State University San Marcos.
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