Doctoral Program Candidates for Graduation May 2020: APPLY for graduation
by Lydia Bumgardner - Thursday, August 29, 2019, 3:00 PM
To: Doctoral Program Candidates for Graduation May 2020
From: Lydia Rodríguez-Bumgardner, Registrar
Date: August 2019
Re: Graduation Information

Congratulations on being a candidate expecting to fulfill the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree for May 2020!

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 16, 2020 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 via email and post on Moodle Site News when the graduation attire arrives. 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, 2020 as it takes a long time to fill these custom orders. Call in your payment to Dr. Wanda Lang at 212-870-1219.

The Doctoral program Hooding Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Interchurch Center. Ceremony time and additional information will be provided by the Doctor of Ministry office.

Looking forward to Commencement 2020!