Top of a commencement cap that says "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire"

Celebrate commencement with yard signs, Facebook frames, GIFs, Instagram stickers and more

As one of the biggest milestones for the Class of 2020 approaches, we’re filled with mixed emotions—excitement for our grads and sadness that we cannot all be together, in-person, celebrating this day from the commencement stage.

But, that won’t stop us from celebrating. Make no mistake—our virtual graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, are designed to celebrate each and every one of you.

And to make your moment special, we’ve designed a package of digital content we hope you’ll use—and share—using #CWRUGrad2020 across social media. (Make sure to tag CWRU on: Facebook, Instagram/Stories and Twitter, so we can share your celebratory posts.)

Yard signs

Members of the community are invited to make their own yard signs to celebrate this accomplishment at home and share the milestone in their community. Download yard sign templates. For help with the templates, email Hayley Milloy at

Student/parent/family Facebook frames

CWRU grads, their parents and families can celebrate this milestone by adding a CWRU-themed frame to their current Facebook profile pics.

To access the frames, go to your Facebook profile, click on your profile picture, select “Add Frame” and search for “CWRU” or “CwruGrad2020.” There are over 15 frames to choose from.

Instagram Stickers

Example of an Instagram sticker with confetti and a grad cap at the top and silhouettes of graduates throwing their caps with text that says "It's official" and "#CWRUGRAD2020" along the bottom
One of the available Instagram stickers.

Download stickers via your phone and follow the below instructions to add them to your Instagram Stories:

For iOS (Apple) users:

  1. Open the Instagram story option within the Instagram app.
  2. Take your photo.
  3. Open up your photo app or photo album app.
  4. Open the downloaded content.
  5. Click on the upward arrow in the lower left-hand corner.
  6. Click “Copy Photo.”
  7. Open up the Instagram app (Instagram stories should still be open).
  8. A photo preview will pop-up in the Instagram stories that says “Add Sticker.”
  9. Click on “Add Sticker.”
  10. Move and resize the sticker anywhere in your story.
  11.  Don’t forget to tag @cwru and use #CWRUGrad2020 before sharing your story.

For Android users:

  1. Download the content you want to add as a sticker.
  2. Open your photos and screenshot the content you just saved.
  3. Open the Instagram story option within the Instagram app.
  4. Take your photo.
  5. Click on the text icon at the top right of the screen to open your keyboard.
  6. At the top of your keyboard options, click on the three dots (located at far right) to open additional options.
  7. Click on the clipboard option to reveal the screenshot of the saved content you just took.
  8. Click to add it to your story.
  9. Don’t forget to tag @cwru and use #CWRUGrad2020 before sharing your story.

A paper grad cap

Due to this year’s circumstances, you may or may not have ordered a grad cap and regalia. We know it’s nowhere near the same, but we wanted to offer you a grad cap you can decorate and personalize with all of the same inspiring, strong and brilliant graduation messages your peers before you shared during graduation. Download your paper grad cap, create your design, take a photo and share it with us via social media.

Graduation GIFs

You can find GIFs via Giphy.

Or, download them straight to your phone, where you can use them anywhere GIFs are supported—including Instagram stories. See “Instagram Stickers” to discover how you can add them to your own stories.

Instagram fill-in-the-blank

Download this Instagram Story template, upload it your Instagram Story, fill In the blanks, tag @cwru and add #CWRUGrad2020.

Share your photos

Share any photos, video or digital content related to this year’s graduation celebrations with