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Heady Thoughts about Commencement

BU grads’ mortarboards express dreams, joys, gratitude

With an esteemed purpose and an odd name, the square-topped, tasseled mortarboard—named for its resemblance to the bricklayer’s tool called a hawk—is shorthand for graduations, which have a way of ending with the appendages tossed gleefully (and perilously) in the air. At BU’s 141st Commencement, many graduates used their caps as canvases, documenting their passions—chess, beer, the Boston skyline—and their gratitude—“Thanks, Dad, Mom and Coffee.” This slideshow is a gallery of 2014’s more inspired mortarboards, some suitable for framing.

3 Comments

3 Comments on Heady Thoughts about Commencement

  • Dave K on 05.23.2014 at 10:32 am

    Fun images. Thanks. They should show as a pre-game video at the hockey games!

  • Max on 05.23.2014 at 11:55 am

    The “Nike logo” Just Did It mortar board didn’t make it? It was the most cringeworthy/funny at the same time of them all.

  • Shadee Beni on 05.23.2014 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks the Nike one was mine! ^

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