Academic Attire

Graduates and degree candidates who wish to participate in NYU Commencement and NYU Wagner Convocation are required to wear academic attire. Graduates can wear the same cap and gown for both ceremonies.



Academic attire can be rented from Herff Jones, Inc. beginning Monday, March 12, 2018. Rental orders must be received online by Tuesday, April 10, 2018Please Note: The Master of Public Administration and the Master of Urban Planning degree recipients wear different hood colors.

Attire Rental Fees (Sales tax included)

Master's cap, gown, and hood


Doctoral cap, gown, and hood


Rent Your Academic Attire

Degree Hood Colors

PEACOCK BLUE is MPA-Master of Public Administration and MS-Public Policy; BLUE VIOLET is MUP-Master of Urban Planning

Above is the hood color you should receive from Herff Jones based on the area of study you choose on the Academic Attire website.

PEACOCK BLUE applies to all Executive MPA, Health Policy and Management, Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy, and Master of Science in Public Policy students.

BLUE VIOLET applies to all Master of Urban Planning students.


Once ordered, 2018 graduates may pick up academic attire at the Kimmel Center for University Life (60 Washington Square S, between LaGuardia Pl and Thompson Street). Please Note: The last day to pick up attire is May 15, 2018. You must bring your NYU ID to Kimmel.

Available dates Available times

Tue, May 8

11:00 am - 6:00 pm (on-time orders only)

Wed, May 9

11:00 am - 6:00 pm (on-time orders only)

Thurs, May 10

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri, May 11

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mon, May 14

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tue, May 15

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Attire may be returned immediately after NYU Wagner Convocation at Brooklyn Academy of Music in the bins marked “Attire Return.” If you plan to attend the All-University Commencement on May 16, you must return all academic attire by 2:30 pm following the Commencement ceremony to Herff Jones representatives at Gate 2, where you entered Yankee Stadium. Herff Jones, Inc. will hold the renter financially responsible for unreturned items.

After Monday, May 21, 2018, if your school ceremony has already passed, you must mail academic attire back to:

Herff Jones
1000 N. Market Street
Champaign, IL 61820

ATTN: NYU Returns