The bottom layer of the graduation cake is a half sheet cake that I iced in white. I made the scrolls out of fondant and gumpaste and painted the ribbon black. I used a pampered chef bowl to make the cap. I covered it in fondant and hand painted with food coloring the red so that it would match the school colors better.
The mortar is a piece of corplast covered in fondant and hand painted. I used the real tassel and attached it with the gumpaste on top. The letters were all cut from gumpaste and painted a darker black with food coloring.