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Academic Attire

Graduates and degree candidates who wish to participate in Commencement are required to wear academic attire. Academic attire specifically for NYU can be rented from Herff Jones, Inc. beginning Monday, March 16th at www.herffjones.com/college/nyu. Rental orders must be received on-line by Friday, April 17th.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE 2015 DATE TBD:

  • School of Law candidate orders must be received on-line by Friday, April 3rd.
  • School of Engineering candidate orders must be received on-line by Monday, April 13th.
  • College of Dentistry candidate orders must be received on-line by Monday, April 6th.
  • Steinhardt School Doctoral degree candidate orders must be received on-line by Friday, April 3rd.
  • SCPS Master's degree candidate orders must be received on-line by Friday, April 10th in order to be picked up at the Midtown Center. (If you miss this deadline, choose "all other masters" when ordering online and pick up at Coles during regular distribution dates and times below.)
  • CUSP student orders must be received on-line by Monday, April 13th.
  • Some schools have different procedures and will notify their students directly about these. Follow all instructions provided by your school. DO NOT DUPLICATE YOUR ORDER.
  • Academic attire distribution is not a function of Coles Operations. The Coles Sports Center staff cannot accept ANY academic attire orders or changes to orders at any time.
  • Academic attire distribution is not a function of the NYU Bookstore.  The NYU Bookstore staff cannot accept ANY academic attire orders or changes to orders at any time.
  • Exchanges and/or corrections may be made to your academic attire when you pick it up at Coles in May.
  • Since the rented attire has been folded and placed in a bag for distribution, it is recommended that you pick it up in time to have it pressed before the ceremony.

Rental Fees According to Degree

(Sales tax included)
Bachelor's and associate's cap and gown:  $53.00

Master's cap, gown, and hood:  $73.00

Doctoral (and LL.M.) cap, gown, and hood:  $83.00


Cap, Gown and Hood Distribution

Pick up academic attire at the Coles Sports and Recreation Center, 181 Mercer Street, between Bleecker and Houston Streets.

DateTime
Tues, May 12 11:00am  - 6:00 pm (on-time orders only)
Wed, May 13 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (on-time orders only)
Thurs, May 14 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri, May 15 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon, May 18 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tues, May 19 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Be prepared to show valid photo ID to claim your rented attire.

  • All degree candidates are strongly encouraged to pick up their own academic attire.

  • No academic attire will be distributed on Commencement day.


Cap, Gown and Hood Return

If your independent school ceremony takes place before Wednesday, May 20th, and you attend the All-University Commencement on May 20th, you must return all academic attire by 2:30 pm following the Commencement ceremony to Herff Jones representatives at Gate 8, where you entered Yankee Stadium. Herff Jones, Inc. will hold the renter financially responsible for unreturned items.

If your independent school ceremony is on Wednesday afternoon, May 20th, or between May 20th and May 22nd, hold on to your rented academic attire for your school ceremony. Herff Jones, Inc. will have collections bins available on-site after your ceremony.

If you rented academic attire for your individual school ceremony only (for ceremonies up until May 22nd) and do not plan to attend the All-University Commencement on Wednesday, May 20th, return the attire to the Barrie Dance Studio (same as pick-up location) in the Coles Center, 181 Mercer Street, from Monday, May 18th, through Friday, May 22nd, between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

After Friday, May 22nd, 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

Herff Jones, Inc. will hold the renter financially responsible for unreturned items.

Photo: Student in Academic Attire

Student in Master's Attire; Credit: (c)NYU Photo Bureau


Photo: Student in Academic Attire

Student in Doctoral Attire; Credit: (c)NYU Photo Bureau


Faculty

Academic attire rental information was mailed to full-time faculty in mid-March as a part of the All-University Commencement invitation. Please completely fill out the order card and mail your order in the envelope provided to Herff Jones, Inc. by Friday, April 17th.


Late Orders

If you miss the April 17th deadline, you must place and pick up a late order beginning Thursday, May 14th, during regular distribution hours. Go to the Barrie Dance Studio, on the first floor of Coles when a representative of Herff Jones, Inc. will be available to take and fill your late order in one transaction. All late orders must be paid by certified check, money order, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) or cash. The latter will speed up your transaction.

Please understand that the rental firm might have to make substitutions to fill late orders.

No academic attire will be distributed at Coles after 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 19th.


Third Party Academic Attire Pick-Up

If the degree candidate lives out of state or cannot pick up academic attire at the times allotted, a third party may pick up the academic attire provided the following documentation is submitted:

  • Photocopy of degree candidate's NYU ID
  • Photo ID of self
  • Signed letter from the degree candidate authorizing pick-up
  • A copy of the online order print-out

NOTE: If someone else is also picking up your All-University Commencement tickets, make two copies of these documents. One set will be collected as proof of third party ticket pick-up and will not be returned to you.


Refunds

Refunds will be made to those students who cancel their orders in writing to Herff Jones, Inc., via certified mail and postmarked by Monday, April 27th. No refund will be made in the event of rain. No refund will be made once academic attire has been picked up from the distribution center.


Rental Questions?

Any inquiries should be directed to the management of the rental firm, which is responsible for the operation of this service.

Herff Jones, Inc.
94 Gardiners Avenue
PMB #302
Levittown, NY 11756

E-mail: academic.attire@nyu.edu


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