15 Amazing Graduation Hairstyles for Your Big Day

Alyssa François | 28 November 2018

Walk across the stage with a stylish ‘do!

Those late nights and early mornings have finally paid off! You’ve worked so hard to make it to this day, and now all that’s left (hopefylly) is figuring out which graduation hairstyles to wear at your commencement ceremony. Yay!

You’ll want to look put-together and wear a formal hairstyle that showcases your outstanding merit in a stylish and elegant way, while also wearing a look that represents your personality. From loose, flowing hairstyles fit for your graduation cap to long, sleek tresses, check out our gallery of amazing graduation hairstyles that are sure to inspire:

15 of the Best Graduation Hairstyles to Try

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Stay on trend with a lob hairstyle this graduation season. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. The Lob

Stay on-trend this graduation season with the ever-stylish lob. Try a layered version to give your hair volume. Bonus: We love that this ‘do isn’t a complicated style to pair with your mortarboard.

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Keep it simple on your big day with a sharp center part. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Bone-Straight Middle Part

Straight-haired girls can really rock this look, which looks especially polished with a graduation cap. This beautiful, blown-out style creates the right amount of balance and only requires some serum or a leave-in product to keep everything in place. Add in a cream like Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Sleek Shine Cream to finish the look after blow-drying.

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Summer graduation? ‘Tis the season for a wavy hairstyle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Tousled Waves

This look is fitting for a summer graduation. This wavy hairstyle is easy to create and allows you to simply use a curling iron to form light, bouncy waves.

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Box braids are intricate and classy. Keep them small to ensure they can fit under your cap!

4. Box Braids

If your hair is already braided in this beautiful and intricate style (or you want to try it out for graduation), by all means..! Box braids are very versatile, since you can wear them down or twist them into a low bun for a more classic spin on the look.

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Take a simple bun up a notch for graduation day. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Studious Chignon

Maybe you’d rather not wear your hair down, or maybe your hair is prone to frizz so you want to elegantly tuck it in. A low chignon is timeless and fitting either way. It’s also a very sophisticated look for walking across that stage as you wave proudly to Mom and Dad (sniff)! Slide on some stunning earrings to top this look off!

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Embark on your new chapter with a totally new you! Make the cut! Photo credit: Dvora

6. Full Pixie

You may either already have a pixie or you’re itching to cut your hair in honor of graduation, a.k.a. freedom. Step into the new world with a new short ’do like this one that you can style with a defined mini-mohawk.

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Knotted ponytail hairstyle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Low Side-Knot Ponytail

If your plan is to do something extremely simple with a bit of style, try this on for size. This hairstyle doesn’t require any hair ties since a section of your hair is looped around the ponytail to hold it in place. Your hair is kept neat and controlled under your mortarboard.

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A deep side part hairstyle will take your from commencement to your fancy graduation dinner. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Deep Side Part

Fringe or no fringe, the deep side part allows to you sweep your hair across your face, resulting in a subtly dramatic look. Note: You might just need that fringe on your face on your big day, especially when the tears start to flow!

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Add some detail to your hair with a waterfall braid for graduation day.

9. Waterfall Braids

This cool style offers the potential for a big reveal: When it’s time to throw that cap in the air, you’ll be showcasing an elegant asymmetrical waterfall braid that no one ever knew existed. This versatile hairstyle will take you from ceremony to dinner without having to make any adjustments to your hair.

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Looking for updo graduation hairstyles that work well with mortar cap. Try braided bangs. Pull out some tendrils to frame your face. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Side Braid

Whether you choose a fishtail braid or French version, this style is a great option for long-haired girls that you can easily do yourself. You can also vary your side parting depending on your cap placement.

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Running late for commencement? Slide your cap on, add some curls to your ends and go! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Old Hollywood Waves

Take cues from Tinseltown glamour with shiny, shoulder-length curls. These ringlets have the appropriate amount of elegane and polish also suitable for celebrating an academic high point!

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Rock your natural hair with twist out curls for graduation. Use a hair wand to curl any stubborn ends.

12. Twist-Out

We love how this one is a no-fuss hairstyle for the natural ladies. The twist-out gives your ringlets the perfect balance of volume that will fit your pretty curls right under your graduation cap. Add some Dove Curls Defining Mousse to give your curls some extra hold and bounce.

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You can’t ever go wrong with a cap-friendly bob haircut. Photo credit: indigtalimages.com

13. Graduated Bob

Consider this an elegant and modern twist on the traditional bob. The longer layers on the front add depth and a bit of edge. For your graduation day, enhance this look with a chic side clip.

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Feeling fancy? Rock some vintage-inspired waves. Start your waves from the mid-shaft of your hair to avoid a poufy feel under your cap.

14. Polished Waves

A set of sleek, neat waves is a strikingly glamorous hairdo for your graduation. With a simple twist of a curling wand, the waves will make your hair look thick and luxurious.

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Not interested in short graduation hairstyles but still want to enter your new chapter in a fresh way? Try ombré! Photo credit: Dvora

15. Ombré

If you’re in the mood to try something a little more trendy for your big day, add in some ombré highlights. Give your color the perfect amount of contrast against your graduation cap and be prepared to make a perfectly trendy (yet stil event-appropriate) statement.

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