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Design your grad cap for a chance to win

Enter the UC Davis Grad Cap contest to show off your creativity and get the chance to win awesome prizes!

Entry form for 2021 Graduates 

Entry Form for 2020 Returning Graduates

 

Official Contest Rules and Details

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter. Internet access and a valid email account are required to enter.

CONTEST TIMING

Entry PeriodMonday, December 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

Voting Period: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. and ends on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (PST).

Winner Announcement: Friday, December 17, 2021 on the UC Davis Facebook page.

HOW TO ENTER

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To enter, you must fill out this form using your ucdavis.edu email. Your entry must contain the following:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • UC Davis email address
  • Mailing address
  • Major OR program and degree awarded
  • Graduation Year
  • Up to 75-word description of your graduation cap or face mask design
  • Selection of which category (grad cap design, face mask design, or coordinated cap and mask design)
  • A clear, close-up photo of your decorated cap or face mask, or coordinated cap and mask:
    • Photos must be JPG or PNG and titled
      • “Last Name_First Name_GradCap21” OR "Last Name_First Name_GradCap20"

Participants may enter one grad cap. The design must be your original work and must not infringe the intellectual property, privacy, publicity rights, ownership, or any other legal or moral rights of any third party. Grad caps and/or face masks, photos, and videos containing any content that does not support the Principles of Community, including nudity, drugs, or alcohol, will not be considered as eligible entries.

Eligibility

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This offer is open to all registered UC Davis undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, or professional school students who are age 18 who are graduating during the 2021 Fall Commencement celebrations AND graduates who are part of the graduating class of 2020 and who are returning for their make-up ceremony held between December 9, 2021 through Sunday, December 12, 2021. Employees of the UC Davis Strategic Communications Department and any and all other companies associated with the Contest (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), and each of their immediate family members and/or people living in the same household, are not eligible to participate. Eligibility rules are subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. All entries submitted become the property of UC Davis. By participating in this contest, you grant UC Davis permission to use your entire submitted photo/video/design files and content for design, marketing, advertising, and communications purposes.

Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Inquiries about contest odds, entrants, winners, and other related matters may be directed to the Strategic Communications Office at socialmedia@ucdavis.edu. This information will remain available two years after the contest closes.

VOTING

All eligible entries will be uploaded to a photo album on the UC Davis Facebook page on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., where the UC Davis Facebook community will vote on entries. A vote consists of any Facebook reactions (“like”, “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad “ and/or “angry”). Voting runs from when the album is uploaded on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (PST) and ends on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (PST).

WINNER SELECTION

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 The Grad Cap entrant with the most votes will be deemed as the grand prize winner.  The contest entrants with the 2nd and 3rd most votes will win prize packs as listed in the prizing section below. An “Editor’s Choice” winner will be awarded at the discretion of the social media team within the Strategic Communications Department.

All of the winners will be selected and notified on Friday, December 17, 2021. Winners will be notified through their UC Davis email and will have until Monday, January 3, 2022 to respond to the notification. In the event that a winner does not respond by Monday, January 3, 2022 the contest administrator will choose the next highest voted entry to win.

 

PRIZES

  • First Place Winner: Prizes of an approximate retail value of $300.00. Prizes may include (subject to availability): $200 Amazon gift card, $100 Bookstore gift card
  • Second Place Winner: Prizes of an approximate retail value of $200.00. Prizes may include (subject to availability): $100 Amazon gift card, $100 Bookstore gift card
  • Third Place Winner: Prizes of an approximate retail value of $100.00. Prizes may include (subject to availability): $100 Bookstore gift card
  • “Editor’s Choice” Winner: Prizes of an approximate retail value of $100.00. Prizes may include (subject to availability): $50 Amazon gift card, $50 Bookstore gift card

UC Davis may cancel this contest in the event of technical problems or electronic attacks affecting the administration of the contest. Any contest entrant found to intentionally interfere with the operation of the contest, or whose designs are found not to be original, will be disqualified. By your participation in this contest, you agree to release UC Davis from any liability related to the contest or your participation in the contest.  UC Davis retains the right to hide or delete entries on the UC Davis Facebook page if the content of the entry displays any illegal behavior, the consumption of any drugs or alcohol, is offensive or derogatory, or for any other reason at UC Davis's sole discretion. UC Davis is not responsible for lost, damaged, delayed, or misdirected prizes. Prize(s) may not be redeemed for cash.

Through your participation in this contest, you are providing your information to UC Davis and not to Facebook. You acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By your participation in this Contest, you agree to release UC Davis and Facebook from any liability related to the contest.

Information provided will not be retained, sold, or used in any way other than specifically set for in these rules.