Doctoral Program: Apply for Graduation May 2019
by Lydia Bumgardner - Monday, January 7, 2019, 4:27 PM

To: Doctoral Program Candidates for Graduation May 2019
From: Lydia Rodríguez-Bumgardner, Registrar
Date: January 2019
Re: Graduation Information

Congratulations on being a candidate expecting to fulfill the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree for May 2019!

To apply for graduation and to order your diploma, robe and hood please fill out the Application for Graduation form and send to Lydia Bumgardner via Email to as quickly as possible, but NO later than Jan. 15.

You must pay your graduation fee of $235 no later than January 15th. The graduation fee is payable regardless of attendance at the ceremony. Please direct all payments to Dr. Wanda Lang, Business Office, 212-870-1219

Please return the Application for Graduation form regardless of payment at this time. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!

Graduation Day is Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Riverside Church (enter through 91 Claremont Ave. & W. 121 St.). All candidates must arrive by 9:00 am to robe and be placed in your respective processional formation. No family or guests will be allowed in the staging area. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 am.

We will inform you when the graduation attire arrives. Please pick up your vestments as soon as possible after the arrival date. You may pick them up yourself or designate someone to pick them up for you.

There is a limit of sixteen (16) invitations for family and friends per graduating student (including 6 for the Site Team Members).

All candidates must purchase their graduation attire through the NYTS Registrar’s Office, so that all candidates will have a uniform look. The robe is Black, in Peach-skin material, with 3 purple velvet chevrons on each sleeve, and purple velvet panels down the front with Antique Gold braiding outlining the front panels and the sleeve chevrons. No other ornaments, colors or robes are allowed. We do NOT use doctoral tams (caps) at the ceremony. The cost for the robe and hood is $800.00 (Prices are subject to change). This is a SEPARATE fee from the graduation fee and must be paid by April 15.

Your ORDER must be placed by Jan. 15, 2019 as it takes a long time to fill these custom orders. Call in your payment to Dr. Wanda Lang at 212-870-1219.

The Graduate’s Reception will be held on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 6 pm at the Interchurch Center, 61 Claremont Ave, corner W. 120 St, New York 10115. All candidates for graduation are allowed 1 guest. You will need to respond and place your name on the list by emailing the NYTS RECEPTIONIST by May 13.

The Doctoral program Hooding Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17 beginning at 12 PM at the Interchurch Center.

Candidates must arrive by 11 am. Additional information will be mailed to each candidate.

Looking forward to Commencement 2019!