Hi, I am a student at Northwestern University and will be graduating on June 18th, 2010. I've seen a lot of graduates in the past decorate their graduation cap to try and make it easier for their parents to find them in the crowd, or just for fun. Well, this is my alteration to the graduation cap. It is an LED display composed of 16 by 16 bright white LEDs that I put together from scratch. I would love to have made it a full color display, but with my limited time, this is all that I could achieve. If you are interested about the technical details about the LED display, take a look at this page.

I have also decided to put some time slots of my graduation cap up for sale here and some for auction on eBay. Feel free to check them out!


The Dean of Student Affairs caught wind of this and sent an email warning me of the possibility of being barred from graduation ceremonies should I decide to wear the LED display. Yes, the rules are clear. "Candidates may not alter or decorate their regalia in any way or wear additional articles not directly related to academic merit. Doing so may interfere with their ability to participate."

Oh well, I had a lot of fun making it. It was probably my own fault for publishing this on the internet because I have definitely seen people alter/decorate their regalia AND wear additional articles not directly related to academic merit last year. The dean is only just doing his job and enforcing the rules; it would be wrong of him to have seen this and not do anything about it. In any case, I hope you all enjoyed the videos and the tutorial.

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