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Tasseltoppers Lets Grads Stand Out From the Crowd


Graduates used to rely on masking tape messages and glitter to stand out from the crowd on their big day, but a new online business is giving them a more sophisticated option. (Continued below photo...)

Designed to help friends and families spot their specific graduates in a sea of graduation caps, Tasseltoppers.com offers a variety of licensed collegiate and Greek (fraternity and sorority) toppers.

The site also offers graduates a custom-design tool.

Marc Goldberg, creator of Tasseltoppers.com, said the toppers — a plastic material that fits on top of a graduation cap with the help of a special adhesive — are a classy way to lend excitement to traditional graduation garb.

"It allows a graduate to let a bit of his or her personality shine through on such an important day," Goldberg said in a prepared release.

Options aren’t limited to college graduation. Toppers can fit all high school, kindergarten and even preschool caps.

Goldberg came up with the idea after discovering that his mother had mistakenly taken photos of another student, and not him, as he stood among a mass of grads at Indiana University.

The company's toppers are waterproof for outdoor graduations and have rounded corners to ensure no one is injured when the cap is tossed into the air. They cost between $20 and $23.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.