But going forward, can someone confirm my understanding of the process—if we ever leave the land of #ForeverDC—from here forward?
Path 1: DC Rejects. End of story.
Path 2: DC sends to BoGS. If DC sends to BoGS, unless there is a fatal flaw with your application that the DC didn't have the ability to judge on (meeting the English language requirement, impracticality of obtaining a visa, inability to meet funding requirements, etc.), BoGS approves the recommendation of the DC and offers you either unconditional or conditional admission? So, in short, my understanding is BoGS = admission, barring something extraordinary?
Thanks in advance!
Yes, but it should be noted that failing to meet certain requirements, such as those relating to funding and language, will in principle not bar the approval of the BoGS, but will usually translate to conditions attached to your offer which you will have to meet before a certain date to be able to enroll.