Doctor of Ministry Defenses

Before the Defense

    • Here is a power point presentation to walk you through the entire thesis-project process.
    • If you are in need of an editor, check out this List_of_Editors. Please note that there are different types of editing. Discuss this before you agree to a contract.
    • Six (6) weeks before your scheduled defense date, you MUST submit a copy of your thesis-project to:
      • Thesis-Project Supervisor
      • Thesis-Project Reader
      • DMin Office
    • Formatting Checklist: Before submitting the thesis-project, review the checklist for important formatting issues.
    • Submit a completed graduation application.

After Your Defense

Graduation Application

Graduation Schedule

Graduates

Required Graduate Survey

One of the requirements of graduation is completing the Graduating Student Survey. The information you enter into the survey is confidential. We ask for your student ID only so that we know that you completed the survey. The information you give us is used to continue to improve Gordon-Conwell. The survey must be completed online before graduation. Click here to take the survey.

Name Pronunciation

Your name is important! We want to pronounce your name correctly at Commencement.  If you have not already done so on your graduation application, please email a phonetic spelling of your name to the Doctor of Ministry Office ([email protected]). We need your help with this task.

Graduation Announcements

Each graduate will receive 10 announcements by mail. If you would like to purchase more, please use this form. Orders are due by March 22. Announcements will be mailed out the week of March 30, 2021.

Regalia and Attire

All who march in the procession at commencement will wear full academic regalia. It is most appropriate for men to wear ties, as necklines are visible. Women should consider wearing blouses or dresses with buttons so that regalia hoods can be easily fixed to these (instead of pinned). After Commencement, graduates may keep their regalia.

Honor insignia on academic regalia are limited to official pins (Psi Chi pins or other seminary-sanctioned academic honors). Other insignia (e.g., cords, capes, and stoles) or decorations are not permitted.

Students attending the ceremony will pick up their regalia on Saturday, May 8th (please arrive early for pick up).

Students who are not attending the ceremony will have diploma and regalia mailed to them in late May.

When caring for the gown from home after graduation, use a dryer cycle of permanent press for 15-20 minutes to remove wrinkles. The hood should be lightly ironed.

In Absentia

Your name will be listed in the program, but not announced.

Diploma Size

11” x 17” The Hamilton Bookstore has a few of the special GCTS frames.  Contact Dave Shorey ([email protected]). Frames can also be ordered online at our online store.

Ceremony Instructions

Please review all ceremony information. If at any time you have questions regarding the commencement activities, please contact our office at [email protected] or 978-646-4132.

Hamilton Graduation                                Charlotte Graduation


Alumni Services

Graduation is just the beginning of your lifetime relationship with Gordon-Conwell as an Alum. To find resources that will serve you in ministry and to stay connected as a valuable part of the worldwide Gordon-Conwell family. As an alum you can:

Stay connected to Gordon-Conwell and your classmates. Be sure to create an account online today!

Placement Services

Be sure to look for professional full-time and part-time ministry positions around the country (and even the world) on GCTS’s ministry employment website, www.MinistryList.com. While there, put your personal ministry profile on the Candidate List, along with your resume, so that churches and ministries looking for Gordon-Conwell degree holders may contact you. Finally, check out the left sidebar for helpful resume, interview and ministry job search tips!

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