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UTRGV grads bring the sassy and the heartfelt with decorated graduation caps

Graduation Cap with the word "Family" on top

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2017 – Call it whatever you like – mortarboard, Oxford cap, or graduation cap. By any name, though, it’s a small article of clothing that carries a big message. Even unadorned, the mortarboard says, “I did it,” and anyone wearing it tells the world how hard they have worked to get a university degree.

Lots of prospective UTRGV graduates like to pack an extra wallop and decorate their caps with special, personalized messages. Some are humorous and irreverent, while others are heartfelt and poignant, but they all have something important to say.

The graduation caps in this photo gallery were part of UTRGV’s Fall 2017 Commencement ceremonies, held Dec. 15-16 at the McAllen Convention Center. The tradition of adorning the caps was initiated by the Office of Student Involvement as a way for students to tender their final goodbyes, and signal their new beginnings.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742