Academic Attire

Keepsake Academic Attire

Wearing academic attire (cap, gown and hood) is both a tradition and is required to participate in the Commencement Exercises.

Graduates can now purchase academic attire online. Herff Jones will host the ordering website with a home ship or an on campus pick-up option. The Herff Jones website can be accessed here.

Home Ship Academic Attire

Graduate-Level students can home ship academic attire now through Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
Undergraduate-Level students can home ship academic attire now through Friday, April 21, 2023.

  • A standard shipping cost will be incurred to ship attire to a student's home address.
  • Standard processing / shipping takes up to 3 weeks within the continental US. International orders can take up to 4 weeks to process.

Pre-Purchase Academic Attire

Graduates can pre-purchase academic attire now through Friday, March 17, 2023.

  • Queens/Manhattan Campus Students who pre-purchase attire will have the opportunity to pick-up their attire at the Campus Bookstore on the Queens campus between Monday, April 24 through Commencement Day during regular business hours.
  • Staten Island Students who pre-purchase attire will have the opportunity to pick-up attire on the Staten Island campus on Thursday, April 27 between 1 - 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 9 between 12 - 4 p.m.

Purchase Academic Attire In-Person

Graduates can purchase academic attire in person.

  • All Graduates can go to the Campus Bookstore, during regular business hours, on the Queens Campus beginning Monday, May 1 through Commencement Day to purchase academic attire and accessories.
  • Staten Island Campus Graduates will also have the opportunity to purchase academic attire and accessories on the Staten Island Campus on Tuesday, May 9, between 12 - 4 p.m.

Cost for Academic Attire ~ 2023 (includes student's Cap with black tassel, Gown, and Hood)

 Online Pre-Purchase
by Friday, March 17 @ 11:59 p.m. and In-Person Purchase beginning Monday, May 1, 2023
Online Home Ship by:
Friday, April 21 @ 11:59 p.m.
(Standard shipping costs $13.95 applies)
Associate $62$62 + $13.95
Bachelor$69$69 + $13.95
Master$84$84 + $13.95
Doctorate$115$115 + $13.95

If you have questions or concerns about regalia affordability, or if the cost of the regalia may prevent you from participating in the Commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of University Events at [email protected]. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

For more information regarding honor society cords and stoles and how to receive them, please contact the honor society's administrator or your dean's office.

For information regarding purchasing keepsake items and other stoles, please visit the Keepsake Items page.

Please note that the University does not offer cords for Latin Honors (Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude).

If students already purchased academic attire and would like to request a refund, here is the Herff Jones return policy:

  1. Do not open the plastic wrapper the products arrived in. Refunds will only be processed for unused products and unopened products. The student is responsible for return shipping costs.
  2. Include the order number and reason for return in the package.
  3. Call customer service at 1-800-837-4235 to notify the Herff Jones team the order will be returned.
  4. Mail the unused products back to the return address on the package. The package must be returned within 10 days of receiving product.
  5. Due to the potential high volume of return requests, please understand that refunds could be processed beyond the typical 7-10 business days after receiving product at Herff Jones.

For questions or concerns about your keepsake academic attire, please contact the Campus Bookstore at [email protected]