The Top: 32 Mortarboards from Commencement 2016

The Class of 2016 showcase their creativity, charisma and UCR's diversity through their impressive cap designs!

Hats off to you, Class of 2016 Highlanders! Photo via Ana Villanueva (Instagram: @anatuna)

Welcome to The Top!

Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events.

This week, we are featuring mortarboards that have left a lasting impression at UCR’s 62nd annual commencement ceremonies. With all the different colors, pop culture references and puns, the vast variety of cap designs speak volumes about UCR’s diverse student body.

Congratulations to our newest Highlanders!

Have a cap that you want to feature? Share it with us by emailing kris.lovekin@ucr.edu

Mortarboards that Represent Your Major

The psychology major.

The psychology major. GradImages

The engineering major. Photo by Kamberlynn Muir (Instagram: @kymmiekat)

The engineering major. Photo via Kamberlynn Muir (Instagram: @KYMMIEKAT)

The history major. Photo by Jenny Park (Instagram: @jehneepawk)

The history major. Photo via Jenny Park (Instagram: @JEHNEEPAWK)

The business major. Photo by Heidi Medina (Instagram: @hdgm28)

The business major. Photo via Heidi Medina (Instagram: @HDGM28)

The Potterheads…Literally

Just because UCR is not Hogwarts does not mean that the Harry Potter fans from the Class of 2016 cannot pay homage to their favorite literary series.

Photo by Jay Phan (@_phantastic)

Photo via Jay Phan (Instagram: @_PHANTASTIC)

A "Harry Potter" fan at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences commencement on June 13. Photo by Peter Phun

A fan of “Harry Potter” and a UCR graduate at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences commencement on June 13. GradImages

A UCR graduate quotes Luna Lovegood, a character from the popular literary series "Harry Potter." Photo by Peter Phun

A UCR graduate quotes Luna Lovegood, a character from the popular literary series “Harry Potter.” GradImages

The Disney Lovers

These magical mortarboards feature graduates’ favorite Disney movies, characters and quotes.

Hakuna Matata. It means, "no worries for the rest of your days." Photo by Peter Phun

Hakuna Matata. It means, “no worries for the rest of your days.” GradImages

Photo by Daisy Hermosillo (Instagram: @daisystephhh_)

Shout out to “The Little Mermaid.” Photo via Daisy Hermosillo (Instagram: @DAISYSTEPHHH_)

An homage to the song "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from the Disney movie "Mulan."Photo by Rachel Ann (Instagram: @cinderrachella)

An homage to the song “A Girl Worth Fighting For” from the Disney movie “Mulan.”Photo via Rachel Ann (Instagram: @CINDERRACHELLA)

Joselyn Pham pays tribute to the Disney animated film "Tangled" on her mortarboard. Photo by Peter Phun

Joselyn Pham pays tribute to the Disney animated film “Tangled” on her mortarboard. GradImages

Finding Nemo. Photo by Kat Uong (Instagram: @katuong)

Finding Nemo employment. Photo via Kat Uong (Instagram: @KATUONG)

The Pun-thusiasts

Who doesn’t love a good play on words?

Photo by Peter Phun

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Photo by Peter Phun

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Photo by Peter Phun

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A graduated cylinder! Get it? Photo by Peter Phun

A graduated cylinder! Get it? GradImages

Photo via Jake (Twitter: @javermeersch)

Photo via Jake (Twitter: @JAVERMEERSCH)

The Adventurers

Photo via Brenda (Instagram: @getyourselfsomethingpretty)

Photo via Brenda (Instagram: @GETYOURSELFSOMETHINGPRETTY)

Photo via Anuja Shukla (Twitter: @HelloNuj)

Photo via Anuja Shukla (Twitter: @HELLONUJ)

A UCR graduate quotes Bilbo Baggins from "Lord of the Rings" on her mortarboard. Photo by Peter Phun

A UCR graduate quotes Bilbo Baggins from “Lord of the Rings” on her mortarboard. GradImages

Shout-out to Kanye West

Plenty of UCR graduates referenced Kanye West’s popular music video, “Good Morning,” on their mortarboards.

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The Class of 2016 show their appreciation for their biggest supporters throughout the years on their caps!

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Those long hours memorizing chemical structures are being put to good use!Photo via Huynh James (Instagram: @ALWAYSAHUYNHNER)

Or Both?

Photo by Peter Phun

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Heritage Sighting

Mortarboards can be a canvas for UCR graduates to proudly showcase their diverse cultural heritage.

Photo by Peter Phun

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Photo by Carrie Rosema

Photo by Carrie Rosema

Photo by Carlos Puma

Photo by Carlos Puma

Photo by Peter Phun

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“What Are Your Plans After Graduation?”

That answer can easily be summed up with a few key words on your mortarboard.

Photo via Christine Nguyen (Instagram: @christine_nguyen)

Take some time to appreciate the brilliant double meaning of the phrase, “20/20.”Photo via Christine Nguyen (Instagram: @CHRISTINE_NGUYEN)

Photo by Peter Phun

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Photo by Peter Phun

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