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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!

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Entry form for 2022 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, May 16, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. PDT and ends on Monday, June 13 at 11:59 a.m. PDT.

Voting Period: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. PDT and ends on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.

Winner Announcement: Winning entries will be posted during the afternoon of Friday, June 17, 2022 on the UC Davis Facebook page

HOW TO ENTER


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
  • A clear, close-up photo of your decorated cap:
    • Photos submitted for contest entry must meet the two requirements for photo file type and photo file naming convention:  
      1. Photo file submitted for contest entry MUST USE the following file naming convention: "Last Name_First Name_GradCap22.jpg"
        • File name examples:
          • Doe_Jane_GradCap22.png
          • Rock_Gun_GradCap22.jpg
          • Rock_Gun_GradCap22.jpeg
      • Photo file submitted for contest entry MUST USE either a .jpeg (JPG) or .png (PNG) file format and/or extension - no other file types or formats will be accepted.
    • Entries that do not meet the two aforementioned requirements - (1) file type/format, and, (2) file naming convention - are ineligible submissions and will not be entered in this contest or be eligible to win any prizes.  

Participants may enter only one grad cap photo file. 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 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 or older and who are part of the graduating class of 2022 and are participating in a UC Davis-organized commencement  ceremony held between May  12, 2022 through Sunday, June 12, 2022. 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 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. PDT, 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 Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. PDT and ends on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.

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, June 17, 2022. Winners will be notified through their UC Davis email and will have until Friday, June 24, 2022 to respond to the notification. In the event that a winner does not respond by Friday, July 24, 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.