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Felix Adamo / The Californian

This graduate bought some brightly colored sneakers and then customized them to her own taste!

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Felix Adamo / The Californian

Spike and studded platform shoes stood out from under this gown.

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Felix Adamo / The Californian

Colorful toenails enhance any open-toed sandal on graduation day!

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Felix Adamo / The Californian

These platform stilettos are the perfect match with a Roadrunner blue gown!

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Felix Adamo / The Californian

Nothing fancy here. I'll just slip on my flip-flops, grab my diploma, and be on my way.

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When you step onto the stage at the CSUB Amphitheatre to receive your diploma, you want to step out in style, as these young ladies were about to!

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Felix Adamo / The Californian

This CSUB graduate's shoes had sort of a Roman gladiator vibe to it!

On graduation day, when most everyone looks the same, graduates looking to stand out customized their caps. But if one looks further down, past the gown to street level, you’ll find graduates making fashion statements with a wide variety of footwear to set them apart from classmates.

From ordinary flip-flops to high-fashion stiletto platforms, there was a little of it all at the Cal State Bakersfield graduation for the schools of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, and the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering school.