Graduate From Glitter

Take the Glitter Out of Litter!

With graduation right around the corner, students are starting to take photos in their cap and gown. While students pose in a variety of fashions, the "confetti toss" pose is one of the most popular choices.

Did you know these tiny bits of plastic can do more harm than good and affect some of the most beautiful spots on campus such as the Blatchley Bell Tower.

  • Confetti is typically a microplastic and plastics do not biodegrade.
  • Confetti can be washed down our storm drains which ultimately impacts water quality and marine life.
  • Confetti is shiny and can be mistaken for food to our SHSU chickens, squirrels and other wildlife.
  • Throwing confetti and leaving it on the ground is littering!

What's the Difference?

Biodegradable Glitter

  • Colors are made from mineral pigments
  • 30-40% softer than plastic glitter
  • Made from non-GMO, renewable plant derived raw materials
  • Main ingredient is cellulose (a plant made material)

Plastic Glitter

  • Colorful by using toxic finishes 
  • Scratchy material
  • Ingredient list typically hidden or unavailable
  • Ingredients include polyester, polyethylene or PET

How Can You Help SHSU? 

You can help us keep SHSU beautiful and save our wildlife by using environmentally-friendly methods such as:

  • Rose petals or leaves
  • Biodegradable, eco-glitter
  • Photoshop overlay
  • Bubbles

Please set a good example for our Bearkats by keeping SHSU beautiful.

Glitter Photoshop Overlay

Our Photoshop overlays allow you to have those glitter graduation photos without making a mess on campus. Download the overlays and then follow these steps:


  1. In Adobe Photoshop, place the glitter overlay image over your photo.
  2. With the glitter overlay image selected on the layers palette, change the blend mode from “normal” to “screen”.
  3. Resize and adjust the angle of the glitter overlay image as needed.
  4. Use the eraser tool to brush off areas that you would like to remove.

Congratulations and Eat ‘Em Up Kats!