A personal touch

Several graduating seniors added special meanings to their graduation caps, bringing a unique purpose to their commencement attire.

A graduation cap that reads
UNC-Chapel Hill hosted its Winter Commencement on Dec. 16, 2018, at the Dean E. Smith Center. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

At Winter Commencement, graduates dressed in gowns transformed the floor of the Dean E. Smith Center into a sea of Carolina blue, and some Tar Heels added a personal touch to the standard attire.

From messages of strength to nods to their passions, dozens of graduates decorated their caps with a special purpose.

We talked with students who created their one-of-a-kind designs to learn more about the meanings behind their caps.

“I was thinking about the strong women that made a path for me. This is my grandmother, who recently passed, and my sister, who also passed away. They both told me that I could do it and now I’m here.”

Natrina Womack

“I really love Naruto, the anime, so my sister made it for me.”

Yasmine Mason

 “My mom made it. I didn’t know it was happening, and she just surprised me with it today. I’m really excited about it.”

Jovan Baslious

“I’m an exercise and sport science major, so I firmly believe that bodily exercise is wonderful. I’m also a Christian and very heavy in my faith, so I believe that exercise unto godliness is more profitable.”

Shenique Rasheed

“The quote I have on my hat goes something like: ‘Once the sea captures you in its net of wonder, it keeps you there forever.’ I studied abroad on a boat. I was originally hoping to go into genetics, but once I got on the boat I immediately switched and fell in love with marine science and biology.”

Cassidy Manzonelli