7 Original Uses for a Novelty Diploma

In the US, only 60% of those who pursue a bachelor’s degree actually get one. This means that if you’ve graduated from college, then that’s a job well done!

But regardless of whether or not you’ve actually graduated, there are several reasons why you might want to get a fake diploma. And many reasons are completely legitimate as well! So you don’t have to worry about doing something that’s potentially illegal.

Curious and want to hear more? Here are 7 original uses for a novelty diploma that you might be interested in! Some of these might just surprise you.

1. Prank Someone

Do you have an insufferable brother-in-law who keeps bragging about going to Cornell? Do you want to pull a prank on him to put him in his place? Then there’s nothing better for the job than a fake degree!

You can get one printed so realistically that he won’t be able to tell the difference. The next time he comes over, casually pull out your “degree” and mention that you graduated from the same university but forgot to mention it. If you want to go the extra mile, mention that you graduated cum laude and watch the steam come out of his ears!

Of course, this is just one example of how you can prank someone. You can let your imagination run wild for some very creative scenarios!

2. Hand Out as Group Awards

Keeping morale up is very important for teams, especially if it’s at work. What better way to do so than through an awards ceremony that recognizes what each individual brings to the whole picture?

If you’ve watched “The Office” before, then you might be familiar with The Dundies. The office would gather at the local Chili’s restaurant, have a good time eating and drinking, and watch as their manager handed out funny awards. As you might imagine, this is great for boosting spirits!

So put on your own version of The Dundies for your workplace, sports team, volunteer organization, etc. When you present each person with a unique award (such as graduating from Perfectionist University with a bachelor’s in Organization), not only will they feel special, but they’ll feel more motivated!

3. Give as Sentimental Gifts

This is kind of the same idea as in #2, but on a more serious side.

Do you have someone special in your life who you really value? Do you want them to know how much they mean to you? Then give them a novelty diploma!

For example, for the next Mother’s Day, you can give your mom a fake certificate that says she graduated from Mom University with a degree in Caring and Love. There’s no better way to let your mom know that she’s the best one ever!

4. Use as Props for Photos and Videos

Whether you’re an amateur doing a photoshoot or shooting a video, or you’re a professional photographer or filmmaker, you don’t want to be using real degrees as props in your shoots. Anything can happen; a glass of water might spill, the model/actor might accidentally rip or tear the degree, or the paper can get all mushy after 10 takes.

Using a fake one that you’ve drawn up on Photoshop and printed won’t work so well either. Today, people love analyzing every detail of photos and videos, and they’ll be able to tell that’s a fake straight away.

A professionally made novelty diploma can look so close to a real one that no one would suspect a thing! That way, your props won’t be so distracting and people will focus on your art and its message instead.

5. Display in Your Office

It took a lot of time and effort to get your degree; not to mention, a lot of money as well. Do you really want to display your real degree in your office, where it can get damaged? Not only can a natural disaster happen (such as a flood or fire), but the sun’s UV rays can also damage your degree over time.

While we understand that you’re proud of your achievement, you should keep your real degree hidden away, safe and sound in a fireproof lockbox. You can then frame and display your novelty diploma so you can still show off that you graduated from a renowned university.

6. Perk up Your Friends

Earlier, we said that only 60% of people who go to college graduate with a bachelor’s degree. While that means the majority of students graduate, there’s still a huge number that don’t.

If you have friends who are struggling with college and feel like giving up, then a novelty diploma can be exactly what they need to perk up. When they can see their potential future in front of their face, it won’t seem like such a hopeless goal anymore. They’ll dig in their heels and work hard to get the real paper!

7. Use as a Stand-In

Maybe you’ve lost your diploma or are waiting for it to be delivered since you’ve just graduated. But you just can’t wait to display your degree proudly!

What you can do is get a novelty diploma as a temporary stand-in, as they can be made and sent to you quickly. This way, you won’t have to have a blank space on your wall!

Get a Novelty Diploma Today

As you can see, there are plenty of uses for a novelty diploma. From using them to prank someone to putting on awards ceremonies and using them as props for media, there are so many ways you can use these pieces of paper.

So if you want to physically do something with a degree but don’t want to risk damaging or losing a real one, there are some great ideas on this list you can try!

Want to buy a novelty degree for one of the uses above? Then check out our selection now!