Mortarboard Magic

Marquette Magazine | Summer 2014

Mortarboard Magic

Commencement has never been all about solemnity. But the undercurrent of goose-bump joy is, somehow, kept under wraps until the recessional, when all bets are off and mortarboards fly. Today’s graduates push more pomp out of the circumstance by personalizing, painting and sequinning their mortarboards into flashy, spottable billboards. “Hey, Mom.” “Thanks, Dad.” “#20 and #14.” Dentists understand the latter choice. Decipher these declarations of the Class of 2014.

Kristin San Ramon's Mortarboard Kristin San Ramon

Kristin San Ramon

Des Plaines, Ill.

Patricia Novales &
Logan Bartz

Greenfield, Wis./Arlington Heights, Ill.

Patricia Novales & Logan Bartz's Mortarboard Patricia Novales & Logan Bartz

Miranda Johnson

Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Miranda Johnson's mortarboard Miranda Johnson

Jennifer Fanduzzi's Mortarboard Jennifer Fanduzzi

Jennifer Fanduzzi

Kenosha, Wis.

Henna Manjee

Brookfield, Wis.

Henna Manjee's Mortarboard Henna Manjee

John Kurzawa, D.D.S.'s Mortarboard John Kurzawa, D.D.S.

John Kurzawa, D.D.S.

Granville, Ohio

Tamara Jefferson


Tamara Jefferson

Jacqueline Boratyn's Mortarboard Jacqueline Boratyn

Jacqueline Boratyn


Adam Pasono, D.D.S.

De Pere, Wis.

Adam Pasono, D.D.S.'s Mortarboard Adam Pasono, D.D.S.

Jessica Pasono, D.D.S.'s Mortarboard Jessica Pasono, D.D.S.

Jessica Pasono, D.D.S.

St. Paul, Minn.

Amaya Hamilton

Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Amaya Hamilton's Mortarboard Amaya Hamilton

Haley Meinholz's Mortarboard Haley Meinholz

Haley Meinholz

Burlington, Wis.

David Jadin, D.D.S.

Burlington, Wis.

David Jadin, D.D.S.'s Mortarboard David Jadin, D.D.S.