Trick Out Your Tassel Contest

Some of our 2023 Trick Out Your Tassel winning cap entries.

The Office of Alumni Engagement sponsors this annual contest that showcases the school spirit, creativity, and imagination of our graduates.

Entering Your Cap Design


Each category winner will receive a $50 Alumni 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. Each category runner-up will receive a $25 Alumni Prize Pack.

  • Best in Show Winner will receive a $50 Alumni Prize Pack, including a UB diploma frame from Church Hill Classics, with an approximate retail value of $200.
  • Best in Show Runner-Up: will receive a $25 Alumni Prize Pack, including a UB diploma frame from Church Hill Classics, with an approximate retail value of $175.
  • Participation Prize: New this year, all entries will receive a special gift from the Office of Alumni Engagement and honorable mentions will be selected for all categories.
All grad levels are eligible

If you're receiving a degree from UB in 2023, you're eligible to participate and win. See the full contest rules and additional details below.  

2023 Contest Categories

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

  • Most Creative – unique materials used or novel content design
  • Most Inspiring – meaningful quotes or personal stories behind the design
  • Best Display of UB True Blue – UB pride and showcasing of True Blue spirit
  • Most Humorous – hilarious memes, funny jokes, find the laughter from your time at UB
  • Best in Show – across all categories, the caps that made the judges go WOW

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.

Celebrate the Winners!

The Office of Alumni Engagement congratulates all winners of the 2023 Trick Our Your Tassel Contest! Over 80 entries were considered, and Recent Alumni Leaders along with Future Alumni Network volunteers enjoyed seeing all the creativity, imagination, and heart put into each design and description. Congratulations on all your accomplishments and welcome to the UB Alumni Network!

Best of Trick Out Your Tassel 2023

Our Trick Out Your Tassel Competition has now closed. We're excited to announce the winners on May 19!

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