The definition of ‘commencement’ is a 'ceremony for the conferring of degrees or diplomas.' Commencement also signifies the beginning of a new chapter, the next goal, the next achievement in life. It’s a word we associate with graduations and tend to think of the end of elementary, high school, college or grad school and the culmination of years of studies.

May and June is graduation season. It’s time for speeches, diplomas, photographs and parties; a time to celebrate success with family and friends; to relish in the reward for hard work and take pride in reached goals. Cherish the moment, savor the memories and progress on to the next phase in life. The orators advice to graduates is continue to work hard, learn from ones failures, don’t give up, maintain your pride and values and remember to be kind and respectful to others, including adversaries. Commencement speeches contain great advice not only for the graduates but to all in attendance, as life is an ongoing learning experience, day in and day out at every phase of life.

These whimsical diploma cookies were made for my nephew’s law school graduation. The purple ribbon denotes the color worn by Juris Doctor grads. The graduates were all smiles and family and friends beamed with pride. Next, cramming for the Bar exam. Congrats to all the graduates!

Diploma Cookies
Diploma Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining tinted with AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #3
PME Decorating Tip #1.5

Outline diploma with #2 tip in white icing

Flood diploma with white icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Outline detail of diploma with #1.5 tip in black icing.

Pipe center line and bow with #2 tip in purple icing. Let dry overnight.





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  1. Congratulations to your nephew on his graduation from Law School. Best of luck to him as he prepares to take the bar exams. Your cookies are lovely!

  2. I love how a few piped details brings the cookies to life! Beautiful, beautiful work, and congratulations to your nephew.

    1. Brooks, Me too...It saves decorating time. Thanks for the good wishes. Your Strawberry Eclairs look fabulous!

  3. Congratz n pretty much awesome work... ;)

  4. Hi Joan, these cookies are fabulous! Just letting you know that I will be featuring them on Best of the Weekend tonight at 8pm. Hope you'll come back and link up again!


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