Yes, You Still Have to Post a Graduation Instagram This Year—and We’ve Got 66 for Ya

Annabel Iwegbue, Ahad Sanwari
·5 min read
Photo credit: Khadija Horton
Photo credit: Khadija Horton

From Cosmopolitan

Many condolences to the class of 2021, whose final year in school was drastically affected by the, well, you know.

The situation is obviously less than ideal, but as the semester comes to a close, we should still take a moment to f*cking celebrate! Cue the Elle Woods montage of your school years because you did it!! All of your hard work (remote and in-person!) is finally paying off. Soon enough you'll receive the official diploma that only cost you about 17 all-nighters and 72,807,102,340,017,214 ounces of coffee. Give or take.

While we still don't know what the world is going to look like a month from now—or even tomorrow—we do know that you need to brag. Just because you might be celebrating over Zoom, getting your cap and gown in the mail, or walking across the stage with no guests in sight, that doesn’t mean you get to skip out on the obligatory grad IG post.

Once you put on the look you def had planned since mid-sophomore year, we’ve got the captions to accompany your grid pic. Your degree-owning brain has been through enough already. Please peruse, use, and drink all the bubbly as you post and scroll.

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When you’re just oozing with pride…

  1. I’d like to thank coffee for allowing me to get to this point.

  2. Wow, this was so unexpected. I didn’t expect to get this degree. So I’d like to thank the Academy….

  3. Last, but not least, I express my gratitude to Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

  4. Guess I was able to make a few of those 11:59 deadlines.

  5. I personally would like to thank *me* for getting to this point.

  6. The two most important mothers in my life: my real ma and my (diplo)ma.

When you realize you’re, um, an actual adult now…

  1. I can nap now, yes?

  2. Ughhhhh, do I have to?

  3. This is the beginning of the rest of my life. So that’s fun!

  4. Woof, welcome to the real world.

  5. Raise your hands if you’re graduating and you still don’t know what to do!!

  6. Where’s my party?

  7. Peace out, I guess?

  8. Graduated and still clueless.

  9. Graduated! Now what…?

When there’s really only one thing on your mind 💸…

  1. TBH, today is the one day I’m not thinking about student loans.

  2. Leave me a-loan, thanks.

  3. Graduation, aka the day your parents start collecting interest.

  4. I’m so glad I could spend all those years and money on THIS piece of paper.

  5. Hello! What is a job? Can I has one?

  6. So, like, anyone hiring…?

  7. Hiring managers: note that I'm extremely qualified to work from home, (I own many sweats.)

  8. Excuse me while I grab my “hire me” sign.

  9. Ok, so now someone pls explain taxes.

  10. Accepting job offers starting...now. Inquire within my DMs.

When you’re feeling nothing but earnest-AF gratitude…

  1. Bye forever!!!

  2. All this hassle for a tassel, amirite????

  3. I’m so happy, I’ll be calling it a “glad-uation” (sorry not sorry).

  4. It’s about time!

  5. Huh, might be too late to drop out.

  6. I’m still waiting for everyone to start singing like in High School Musical.

  7. Class is dismissed…forever!

  8. Wait, I passed?

  9. It’s official: I’m now too cool for school.

When you’re experiencing “Graduation: 2021 Edition”…

  1. Cap and gown, but make it a robe and sweats.

  2. We love a ~socially distanced~ commencement.

  3. Looking at my final grades, I don’t need a ceremony outside to get some vitamin Ds.

  4. The best thing about virtual graduation: BYOB.

  5. Sadly missed the opportunity for my graduation stage fall to go viral.

  6. Started from the bottom, now we here.

  7. Doing the graduation walk: from the bedroom to the kitchen.

  8. Shoutout to passion and Purell for getting me through the final stretch.

  9. Formal apology to the Class of 2020 for mocking that Zoom graduation.

  10. What’s the best version of “Pomp and Circumstance” on Spotify?

  11. I'm just shocked I was able to stay awake during those virtual lectures TBH.

When you’ve got to make the “hottest graduate” list…

  1. The adult world is about to get a whole lot spicier!

  2. What like it's hard?

  3. You’ve seen me in a cap, now you should see me in a crown.

  4. Robe up!!!

  5. Is this what being an adult looks like?

  6. I mean...who needs a degree when you're schoolin' life?

  7. Get ready, world, you just got one degree hotter. ;)

  8. Gotta add “college graduate” to my dating profile.

  9. I know how to work a shapeless gown.

When you’re honestly just glad to be done…

  1. What is studying anymore?

  2. Mischief managed.

  3. Consider me Class of 202(done)

  4. I hope you caught that because I won’t be doing it again anytime soon.

  5. Caffeine and my TikTok FYP got me here.

  6. "Hate to see her go, but I love to watch her leave," —my Quizlet account.

  7. “Well, that was easy!” —no one ever

  8. I did that! Me! Hi! Hello!

  9. 🎵Watch out world I'm grown nowww🎵

  10. You can graduate with honors. I’m just honored to graduate.

  11. Don’t cry for me, campus quad.

  12. "First Day Out" track dropping soon.

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