96th Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 am
Houston Field House
1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For specific questions not covered on the website, please call the Office of Student Life at Russell Sage at 518-244-2207.
How do we get to the Houston Field House at RPI?
Directions to the Field House [PDF]
What time does the ceremony start?
What time do the doors open?
8:30 A.M. We strongly encourage guests to arrive early to get a seat!
When should graduates start to line up for ceremony?
Where do we park?
In the Field House parking lots, on the street, or in the Doyle Middle School (1976 Burdett Ave.) or Troy High School (off Burdett Ave.) parking lots. There will be a shuttle running continuously from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Guests with Disabled Parking placards may park in "A Lot" also known as the "Medical Arts Lot" adjacent to the Field House. CARS MUST HAVE A DISABLED PARKING PLACARD TO BE ALLOWED INTO THIS LOT.
Is the Field House accessible to guests with disabilities?
Yes, it is. For more information or to make special arrangements, please contact the office of Michael Baumgardner, associate vice president for student life and dean of students, at (518) 244-2207. Guests with Disabled Parking placards may park in "A Lot" also known as the "Medical Arts Lot" adjacent to the Field House. CARS MUST HAVE A DISABLED PARKING PLACARD TO BE ALLOWED INTO THIS LOT.
Do we need tickets and how many guests may we bring?
You do NOT need tickets. We do ask you to try to limit your guests to a maximum of 6.
How long does Commencement typically run?
About two hours. Out of respect for all of our graduates, we ask that all attendees stay for the entire Commencement Ceremony.
Is the Field House air conditioned?
No, it is not. The average high temperature in Troy at that time of May is 68 degrees. Source: NWS Daily Summary.
Who will be speaking at Commencement?
Sage is pleased to announce that Hamdi Ulukaya will deliver the 96th Commencement Address.
How many Sage graduates will be receiving their degrees?
The Sage Colleges will confer a total of 926 degrees and certificates at the 96th Commencement on Saturday, May 18. This includes students who completed their requirements in August and December of 2012 and May of 2013.
What degrees will be received at Commencement?
Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates.
Sage College of Albany
217 Bachelor's Degrees
Russell Sage College
216 Bachelor's Degrees
Sage Graduate School
429 Master's Degrees and Advanced Certificates
47 Doctorates in Physical Therapy
11 Doctorates in Education
5 Doctorate in Nursing
How many times has Sage had Commencement?
This is the 96th Commencement in Sage's history, since Russell Sage was founded in 1916.
Cap + Gown Information
Attention Sage Graduates!
Please log on to: https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/
to reserve your cap & gown. You will pay and pick up your cap & gown unit at the bookstore beginning in May.
Please make sure to pre-order as soon as possible so that we are sure to deliver your correct sized gown.
Any questions, please contact the appropriate bookstore:
Russell Sage College: (518) 274-0199
Sage College of Albany: (518) 694-7378
Thank You and Congratulations!