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    Mortar Board Hopes, Dreams and Humor — Photo Gallery

    by Charles Borst posted June 13, 2018

    As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, high school graduates around the country expressed a variety of views and feelings through their mortar board art. Photo editors at Education Week took to the Associated Press and Instagram to showcase some of these creative caps.

    Flint Southwestern Classical Academy senior Nyrelle Boles-Lee, 18, wears a cap which reads "educated black queen," as she prepares to receive her high school diploma during the Flint Community Schools commencement ceremony June 5, in Flint, Mich. --Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP

    Flint Southwestern Classical Academy senior Nyrelle Boles-Lee, 18, wears a cap which reads “educated black queen,” as she prepares to receive her high school diploma during the Flint Community Schools commencement ceremony in Flint, Mich. –Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP

    To view the full posts on Instagram, click the images below.

    Dan Kirk via Instagram

    Decorating a cap with pieces from the game of Life, a graduate used a blue automobile playing piece to depict the path to college. –Dan Kirk via Instagram

    @coopieboi via Instagram

    Everyone is happy come graduation time, especially man’s best friend! –@coopieboi via Instagram

    @obey_canon via Instagram

    One student drew a parallel between high school academics and makeup. Both were winged! –@obey_canon via Instagram

    Cheryl Winsor via Instagram

    Thanos, a villain from the Marvel universe, is obsessed and driven by his ability to gather obscure scientific knowledge. It seems one graduate found herself on the same path. –Cheryl Winsor via Instagram

    Zoey Hunsinger via Instagram

    With seemingly big plans in store, Zoey Hunsinger decorated her cap with the phrase, “one day we will be remembered.” –Zoey Hunsinger via Instagram

    @jennkehlers via Instagram

    One graduate kept her mortar board simple by donning the colors and logo of her future university. –@jennkehlers via Instagram

    Glennia Campbell via Instagram

    One student utilized a few spare cards from the popular party game Cards Against Humanity to express how sports shaped her time during high school.  –Glennia Campbell via Instagram

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