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 18, 2019. Rental orders must be received online by Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Attire Rental Fees (Sales tax included)

Master's cap, gown, and hood


Doctoral cap, gown, and hood



Please Note: The Master of Urban Planning degree recipients wear a different hood color.

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Degree Hood Colors

PEACOCK BLUE is MPA-Master of Public Administration and Executive MPA 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 MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy, MPA in Health Policy and Management, Executive MPA, and MS in Public Policy students.

BLUE VIOLET applies to all Master of Urban Planning students.


Once ordered, 2019 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 Tuesday, May 21, 2019. You must bring your NYU ID to Kimmel. No attire will be distributed on Commencement Day, Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Available dates Available times

Tue, May 14

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

Wed, May 15

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

Thurs, May 16

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri, May 17

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mon, May 20

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tue, May 21

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


There are several ways to return your academic attire. 

  • Attire may be returned immediately after NYU Wagner Convocation at New York City Center in the bins marked “Attire Return.” 
  • Return to collection bins in the NYU Bookstore at 726 Broadway from Wednesday, May 22 through Tuesday, May 28. 
  • After Tuesday, May 28, 2019, you must mail academic attire back to 1000 N. Market Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (Attn: NYU Returns). Herff Jones will hold the renter financially responsible for items not returned.

Herff Jones
1000 N. Market Street
Champaign, IL 61820

ATTN: NYU Returns