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Senior decorates to celebrate farewell

Jessica Green

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Senior Kimberly Cummings browsed Pinterest for ideas of how to decorate her graduation cap.

Flowers? Maybe.

Glitter? No.

Rhinestones? Sure, why not?

Stick-on letters? Perfect.

So, she began designing her cap and came up with a design full of flowers, rhinestones and the phrase, “So the adventure begins.”

“To me, school is one phase of your life and now that I’m graduating a whole new phase of life is about to begin, so I’m ‘on to my next adventure,’” Cummings said.

With her new phase of life about to begin, Cummings said she plans to move to Kansas City with her sister, Christy.

“I want to help her with her new baby and begin my job search,” she said. “There’s more opportunity and higher pay in Kansas City, and I’d like to get out and explore my home for this next phase of my life.”

While Cummings is preparing for the next phase of her life and career, graduation is nipping at her heels. With graduation so soon, seniors have been deciding whether or not to decorate their caps to reflect their experience and feelings for Wichita State University.

“We enjoy when students decorate their caps,” said Jody Hall, assistant director for workforce, professional and community education. “We just want it kept within reason — no vulgarities, or anything like that.”

Thus far, Hall said she hasn’t seen or heard about any problems with students decorating their caps.

As every school year comes to an end, students scour the Internet for ideas, much like Cummings did months ago when she decided what she wanted to say on hers.

Scrolling through the pages of Pinterest, there are designs with quotes from famous authors, television shows, movies and photos from the year. But for Cummings, the choice was easy.

“The real world is a whole new adventure compared to school,” she said. “I’m ready.”

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