Re-Designing AUC Centennial Regalia

Student Status



“The American University in Cairo is a century old, and so as it’s regalia. My Project is an innovative Re-design of the commencement’s Cap and Gown that reflects the Future of the American University in Cairo. If we had a look upon the commencement photos of AUC within the last 100 years, we will come to a conclusion that almost the graduation caps and gowns were the same except of very minimal changes throughout the years. While looking through the photos of AUC graduation ceremonies ever since the beginning of the 20th century, I felt the urge that it is the right time to do some changes to the cap and gown. Changes that both represent our future vision and preserve the AUC identity with its academic heritage and color scheme. This directed me towards the aim of my project which is to create a futuristic look and design for the graduate to retain the feel of pride and belonging to such an honorable institution. A more lighter fabric for the ease of movement and an identity color chosen by students based on several surveys and questionnaires with a glimpse of a more modern design to serve the purpose. My project is from the students to the students, and the sense of belonging to the concrete academic history of AUC was the main inspiration behind my deliverable.


Arts Department

First Advisor

Ahmad Saqfalhait

Second Advisor

Bahia Shehab

Third Advisor

Ghalia Elsrakbi

Committee Member 1

Bassem Yousri

Committee Member 2

Engy Aly

Committee Member 3

Mahamad Khalil



Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Not necessary for this item


This project is part of “ Zoom in Keda- Fourth Graduating Class of Graphic Design Students-The American University in Cairo – Class 2018-2019” catalog. Several global cities have acquired an international rep¬utation as design education hubs by acknowledging the importance of education planning and early learning ex¬periences through providing a structured career path and aligning design skills with the economy’s various needs. Our 8 years old Graphic Design program at the Ameri¬can University in Cairo aims to follow the same strategy, mentoring students on how to channel their creativity and knowledge into reshaping their communities, leaving a positive imprint on their society. Four design segments have been commonly defined in the MENA region’s design sector; namely: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Industrial/Product Design. The title for the fourth design seniors show was “Zoom in Keda “. As with the previous 3 exhibitions, the title builds on the graphic design language in Egyptian vernacular cul¬ture. “Zoom in Keda” is a commonly used phrase in the de¬sign field, told when one wishes to examine the micro de¬tails of a design on screen. The exhibition was held at the AUC Sharjah Art Gallery on December 2nd, 2018, where bachelor projects completed by the fourth graduating class of Graphic Design students were displayed.


This record describes an artistic or creative work which was prepared as part of a course of study at the American University of Cairo. The creators retain all rights to the original artistic or creative works described herein.

Publication Date

Fall 12-2-2018

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