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Academic Attire

Ordering Academic Attire

Candidates are required to wear academic attire to Commencement. The last day to order academic attire on time was Tuesday, April 10. Online ordering is no longer available.

If you did not place an online order for academic attire, you must wait until Thursday, May 10 to place a late order. Late orders for academic attire may be paid for and received in person during distribution hours between Thursday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 15. There is no additional fee or surcharge for placing a late order.

Purple tassels are a gift from the Alumni Association and may be kept by graduates, along with mortarboards. Rented gowns, hoods, and doctoral tams must be returned.

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 LLM) tam, gown, and hood: $83.00

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Picking Up Academic Attire

Academic attire must be picked up in person by the candidate at the Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012. Bring your NYU ID; it must be shown in order to pick up attire.

Academic attire will be available for pick up on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (on-time orders only)
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (on-time orders only)
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 14, 2018: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

No attire will be distributed on Commencement Day, Wednesday, May 16.

Exchanges and/or Corrections

These can be made when you pick up your order at the Kimmel Center. 

Third Party Academic Attire Pick-Up

If the degree candidate cannot pick up academic attire in person, a third party may pick them up with the following documentation:

  • Degree candidate's NYU ID (actual ID or photocopy of both sides of ID card, including N# on reverse side).
  • Photo ID of the person picking up tickets. 
  • Third Party Pick-Up Authorization Form (PDF) completed and printed. 

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 attire pick-up and will not be returned to you. 

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Returning Academic Attire

Academic attire is rented and must be returned. There are several ways to return your academic attire. Remember to hold on to your academic attire until after your last use, either your school ceremony (if attending) or the All-University Commencement. 

  • Return at Yankee Stadium on Commencement Day to Herff Jones representatives at Gate 2 and Gate 8 by 2:30 p.m.
  • Return to on-site collection after your independent school ceremony. Herff Jones will have bins available on-site afterwards for most ceremonies.
  • Return to collection bins in the NYU Bookstore at 726 Broadway on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, May 16-Thursday, May 17: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 18: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 19: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 20: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Monday, May 21: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

After Monday, May 21, if your school ceremony has already passed, 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.

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