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The New Statement Piece: Graduation Caps

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jun 4, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 8:52

Guest: Sheila Bock, PhD, Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Commencement ceremonies are an exercise in uniformity. Seen from the front, the graduates are an indistinguishable sea dressed in identical caps and gowns. But look at a group of 2018 graduates from the back and their individuality shouts at you from the flat tops of their caps. Folklorist Sheila Bock has documented the rise of this graduation cap-decorating fad. Share photos of decorated mortarboard caps for Bock’s research here.