Cap Decorating Challenge


You do NOT need to buy a set of regalia to participate in the challenge. Your commemorative commencement Grad Pack—which contains several keepsakes, including a mortarboard cap you can use for the decorating challenge—will arrive in late April. The cap in your Grad Pack is meant for you to decorate!

That said, if you would like to buy a full set of regalia, please visit

You may find a copy of the Cap Decorating Challenge rules here.

Please be aware that by participating you are giving UMGC permission to display your cap photo publicly and use it in our commencement marketing. Be creative with your design, but please avoid profanity and other inappropriate language or images.

To enter the contest, you must upload your cap photo (with a tagline, if you desire) to the challenge web page that will display everyone's cap pictures and allow people to vote for their favorite designs. We also encourage you to post your cap photo to your social media using #UMGCGrad.

The design with the most votes wins bragging rights and will be featured in Virtual Stateside Spring Commencement when it premieres on May 15 and in UMGC's social media channels. The challenge begins April 12 and ends May 12, 2021, at noon (eastern time). The winner will be notified by email on May 13.

Watch for an email with the link to participate, or you may also...

Click Here to Participate

Questions? Contact Commencement Services at