A young woman adjusts her friend's cap at a commencements ceremony.

Even a bright student can be flummoxed by the simple task of ordering the right size graduation cap. Avoid the temptation to guess at your size just to get it done. Otherwise, you’ll be one of those graduates with an ill-fitting cap that falls off while marching and looks funny in graduation photos. Sizing for your graduation cap is easier than you may think, and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Once you determine your graduation cap size, you’ll be one step closer to receiving your diploma.

Place the measuring tape approximately 1 inch above your ears and measure the circumference of your head.

Record your measurement on a sheet of paper, rounding the number to the closest quarter inch.

Use a sizing chart to determine your graduation cap size.