I started with a mat from the DCWV All Dressed Up set (rather appropriately) and mounted this on black glossy card. I then made the mortar board out of the same black glossy card and attached a tassle with a black dovecraft brad. Next I rolled up white card and added the red ribbon and attached this to the card on top of a black satin ribbon from my stash.
The mortar board didn't look right on it's own so I cut out a circle to mount it on and instead decided to use the circle as a person (I think I have seen too many of the Bupa ads!) and added the hat jauntily. Finally I used vellum alphabet stickers to create the sentiment and mounted this on the same white and black card I used for the Graduand and their hat!
Almost forgot, I then added 3 little black gems in the top corner, just to finish it off.
You know, when I first saw this challenge I just knew I would have to do it in one of the University of Manchester colours (pre/post merger). I have to say, I absolutely loved my time at University and I would highly recommend Manchester as the place to be! Class of 2006 rocks!