Marvelous Matador Mortarboards, 2023!

  • Two graduates in cap and gown stand together, one with her mortarboard rimmed with feathers and holding a diploma cover.

    A graduate sports a fabulous, feathery creation as she crosses the stage at the ceremony for the College of Humanities and College of Health and Human Development, May 21, 2023. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • Mortarboard decorated with flowers and inspirational quote.

    Inspirational quotes were a popular choice on Class of 2023 mortarboards. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • Mortarboard top is covered with purple fabric and yellow flowers

    This grad opts for pearls, posies and pops of spring color. Photo by Sonia Gurrola.

  • Mortarboard decorated with red and white flowers and a white ribbon says

    A Matador poses a worthy question as they head off to their exciting future. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • Mortarboard covered in light blue fabric says

    This beautiful mortarboard features a heartfelt message. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • Mortarboard features the little green men from

    One grad spoofs the Pixar childhood classic, "Toy Story." Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • Pink flowers and fabric decorate this hand lettered mortarboard

    Many of the 2023 grads' mortarboards carried messages for family members. In Spanish, this one pays tribute: "For my family and my grandpa in heaven." Photo by Bryan Rodgers.

  • Red and yellow flowers decorate this mortarboard that says

    Eyes on the path ahead for this Matador from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, on May 20, 2023. Photo by Bryan Rodgers.

  • Hand lettered mortarboard has a message of gratitude for family.

    This Matador wears a sweet message of gratitude, in Spanish: "I owe this achievement to you, and I share it with you. Thank you, Mom and Dad." Photo by Bryan Rodgers.

  • Mortarboard features red, green and white stripes with flowers and message in Spanish.

    Another loving message: "When you see me fly, remember that you painted my wings. For my parents, for their effort and support." Photo by Bryan Rodgers.

  • Four graduates stand together with their back to the camera showing their decorated mortarboards

    Some masterful creations by these Matadors graduating with Master of Social Work degrees. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Mortarboard ringed with photos of the different moon phases, it says

    A graduate looks to the stars and the moon for inspiration. Photo by Bryan Rodgers.

  • Pink flowers and an old-time black and white photo of family members decorate a mortarboard

    A member of the Class of 2023 honors her ancestors with a family photo. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Mortarboard has red and white flowers with

    Pride! Congratulations, Matadors! Photo by Bryan Rodgers.

Commencement at CSUN is not only a time of pride and joy but also a time to unleash creativity! Clever quotes, expressions of love and gratitude or beautifully rendered artwork — for Matador grads, a mortarboard is a blank canvas awaiting inspiration and flair. Check out some photo highlights of our brilliantly bedazzled graduates. Clearly, there were a number of glue-gun experts in the Class of 2023.

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