Graduation Information for May 18, 2019 Candidates
by Lydia Bumgardner - Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:25 PM
To: Candidates for Graduation: All Programs
From: Lydia Rodriguez-Bumgardner, Registrar
Re: Graduation Information for May 18, 2019

Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ceremony begins at 10 am at Riverside Church

Guests enter at 490 Riverside Drive at W. 120-121 St. Doors open 9 am

Candidates gather 9 AM SHARP at the South Hall of Riverside Church; enter through 91 Claremont Ave.
(Between Broadway & Riverside Dr. at W. 121 St) Doors open 9 am
• All candidates MUST arrive at South Hall by 9:00 am to robe, be placed in respective processional formation, and receive instructions.
• NO family or guests will be allowed in the South Hall staging area.
• Please leave your purses/coats/personal belongings with someone from your family BEFORE you go into South Hall. There is NO coat-check and NO security in South Hall; (you will not be allowed to process with purses, bags etc.).
• The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 am and lasts approximately 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
• After the ceremony ends ALL graduates MUST go back to South Hall to receive their diplomas and have class graduation pictures taken. This process takes about a half hour to 45 minutes. Please arrange with family and friends to wait for you at a designated place. They will NOT be allowed in South Hall.

You may pick up your graduation attire and invitations at the Interchurch Center, 5th floor (enter through 61 Claremont Ave. at W. 120 St. between Broadway & Riverside Drive) beginning:

Monday May 13 to Wednesday May 15 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. In Rm. 500

Thursday May 16 from 12:30 – 4:30pm (Room 500) and 5:30-7:30pm (at Graduate’s Reception)

You may pick-up yourself or designate someone to pick-up for you. There is a limit of Ten (10) invitations for Certificate Program and Master’s Program family and friends per graduating student.

Invitations for the Doctoral Program are limited to Sixteen (16). These are invitations; NOT tickets. You do not need one to enter the ceremony.

The LAST opportunity to pick up invitations and robes is at the Graduate's Reception (by 7:30pm).

The Graduate’s Reception is on Thursday, May 16, 2019 (6-8pm) at the Interchurch Center (enter through 61 Claremont Ave. at W. 120 St. between Broadway & Riverside Drive). Light refreshments will be served. All candidates for graduation are allowed 1 guest. You must respond to the NYTS RECEPTIONIST by EMAIL to by May 13, 2019 to have your name placed on the list.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM CANDIDATES: The "Hooding Ceremony" is on Friday May 17, 2019 from 1-3 pm at the Interchurch Center; (enter through 61 Claremont Ave. at W. 120 St. between Broadway & Riverside Drive).
Candidates must arrive by NOON (12 pm). Space is limited: Seating is for those with “D.Min Hooding” tickets ONLY.

If you have any questions please EMAIL me at

Looking forward to a wonderful Commencement 2019!