It’s a Very Big Day Graduates! A Disney Sign off for your Celebration!!


Its Graduation season and once you’ve passed all of your final exams you have one very important decision left to make… what to put on top of your cap!

As a Disney fanatic and an Annual Pass holder I am very lucky to live only 3 hours away from the parks. So when my dad and I went to do a campus tour of the college I’ll be attending we knew that the hour drive over to Disney would be well worth it.



Before I left for my trip I knew that I wanted the characters to all sign on a white piece of paper for the top of my graduation cap. I wanted to ensure that the paper was sturdy so I used cardstock, but you can use any type of paper you want.

I took a gamble on the size paper I would use because I didn’t know how large the top of a graduation cap would be, but now I know that the top is 9 inches by 9 inches.




Although the top of a cap is 9”x9” I plan to put another piece of glitter scrapbook paper below it and a quote around the edge of my cap. The piece of white paper is 8 ½”x 8 ½” to ensure I have enough room for the quote around the edge without covering any of the signatures.

I am fortunate enough to be able to travel to the parks a lot so going on rides was not our first priority that day. I wanted to meet as many of the “classic” characters as possible.

If I could give one tip it would be if you are willing to give up fastpasses to meet characters, go for it!

Before I had the characters sign I let them know what they were signing and that I wanted as many characters as possible to sign it. This let the characters know that their signatures should be small so that more characters could sign.

Although it may seem inconvenient I kept my paper in a folder in my backpack to prevent it from getting bent from just being thrown in my bag.

I loved seeing the reactions of the characters once they knew what they were signing, and the Photo Pass photographers loved the idea!

Goofy had all of the people waiting in line to see him give me a round of applause, and Ariel was so proud of me for graduating from my school of fish!



By around 2 o’clock I had the signatures of all the characters that I wanted to sign my paper but I felt like it was missing something. So as my dad and I walked around Main Street my dad had the brilliant idea to check and see if there was an animator in the Art of Disney store.



As we entered the store we walked straight back to the desk and there was an animator hard at work on a drawing of Fear from Inside Out!

He looked up from his drawing and started having a conversation with us when my dad finally asked if he was allowed to draw on paper that wasn’t Disney property.

We weren’t sure if he was allowed to draw Disney characters without breaking any contracts, but he asked what it was for and said he is allowed to as long as he doesn’t sign it.

So the animator got to sketching when two lovely Disney College Program ladies walked up and fell in love with my cap saying they wished they thought of the idea first!

The Mickey Mouse at the bottom of my cap is the perfect finishing touch! However, if you feel uncomfortable asking an animator don’t be afraid to print out your favorite character or draw it yourself!

Your cap should represent you and your personality, so don’t be afraid to let it shine on graduation day!




I hope this helped you plan out your graduation cap! Congratulations and good luck on your future endeavors!


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Ashleigh Henderson

Ashleigh Henderson

Ashleigh Henderson, 18, is currently working towards her Nursing Degree in Florida, however she wants to participate in the Disney College Program in the future. When her nose isn’t stuck in a book you can find her at the park eating Dole Whips, riding the PeopleMover, or chilling on the Hub Grass.Follow her on her Instagram @disneydaydreams1971!
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