Trick Out Your Tassel Contest

The Office of Alumni Engagement is excited to launch the Trick Out Your Tassel Contest in honor of the Class of 2020! 

The winners are in

The Office of Alumni Engagement congratulates all winners of the 2020 Trick Our Your Tassel Contest! Dozens of entries were considered, and the Young and Future Alumni Leadership Council volunteers enjoyed seeing all the creativity, imagination, and heart put into each design.

Thank you to all of our Class of 2020 participants, and congratulations again on your accomplishments. Welcome to the UB Alumni Network! Be sure to stay in touch with your alma mater and take advantage of all the programming and services available to alumni.

All the Contest Details

Ready for a little friendly competition?

Showcase your talent and UB pride in one of the following categories:

  • Most Creative
  • Most Inspiring
  • Best Display of UB Spirit
  • Best Use of Meme
  • Best in Show

What you’ll need

  • A piece of paper, cardboard or other material with square dimensions no larger than 12-by-12 inches.
  • Creative materials for decoration (e.g., colored pencils, markers, highlighters, stickers, small printed images or other physical materials). Entries must be handcrafted. 
  • Please note: Entirely computer-designed images will not be eligible.

All eligible entries will be voted on by the Office of Alumni Engagement and volunteers from the Young Alumni and Future Alumni Leadership Councils. 

Need To Know

Contest closes: Wednesday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Winners announced: Friday, May 15

Student decorating graduation cap.

A student adds a special message to her cap.


Each category will win a UB prize pack (subject to availability) that includes UB- or UB Alumni-branded apparel, hat, mug, license plate holder, decal, PopSocket and/or various other swag.

  • Runner-Up will receive prizes with an approximate retail value of $25.
  • First Place will receive prizes with an approximate retail value of $50.
  • Best in Show will receive a prize pack, including a UB diploma frame from Church Hill Classics, with an approximate retail value of $200.

... and bragging rights!

  • Entries may be featured on UB social media during the contest and on the day of your commencement ceremony.
  • A gallery of winning entries will be featured on this website.

Rules & Eligibility

This contest is open to all registered University at Buffalo undergraduate, graduate, post-doc or professional school students who are age 18 or older and who are graduating during the spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. Participants may submit one handcrafted grad cap design no larger than 12-by-12 inches. Images designed entirely on a computer will not be eligible. Cap designs and photos containing any content that does not adhere to community guidelines, including nudity or references to drugs or alcohol, will not be considered. All entries submitted become the property of University at Buffalo. By participating in this contest, you grant UB permission to use your entire submitted photo and content for design, marketing, advertising and communications purposes. Information provided will not be retained, sold or used in any way other than that which is specifically set forth in these rules.

University at Buffalo may cancel this contest in the event of technical problems or electronic attacks affecting the administration of the contest. Any contest entrant found to intentionally interfere with the operation of the contest, or whose designs are found to be not original, will be disqualified. By your participation in this contest, you agree to release UB from any liability related to the contest or your participation in the contest. UB is not responsible for lost, damaged, delayed or misdirected prizes. Prize(s) may not be redeemed for cash. Prizes may be delivered at a later date.

And the winners are....

The winners will be announced on Friday, 5/15.

Thank you to all the grads who submitted some truly inspirational designs!

Questions? Need help?

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Phone: 716-645-8711