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How to measure a graduation cap size

Updated April 17, 2017

Once you get into the final days of your degree program, spending a lot of time figuring out the details of your graduation gown, like determining your cap size, is the last thing you want to be doing. However, sizing for your graduation cap size is an easy process that should not take more than a few minutes of your time. Once you determine your graduation cap size, you will be one step closer to your graduation.

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  1. Place the measuring tape approximately one inch above your eyebrow and measure your the circumference of your head.

  2. Record your measurement on a sheet of paper, rounding the number to the closest quarter inch.

  3. Use a sizing chart to determine your graduation cap size.

  4. Tip

    If you fall between two sizes, you should err on the bigger size.

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Graduation cap size chart

About the Author

Aletha Reil

Aletha Reil has a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. She has been writing for more than three years and is currently working as a women's fitness columnist for a prominent website.

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