2015 Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 am
Houston Field House
1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE PARKING CAPACITY AT RPI, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT FOLKS ARRIVING AFTER 9:20 a.m. PARK IN THE TROY HIGH SCHOOL (1950 Burdett Ave, Troy, NY 12180) PARKING LOT AND A SHUTTLE WILL RUN BETWEEN THE HIGH SCHOOL AND RPI FIELD HOUSE. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND ARRIVING EARLY DUE TO OUR LARGE NUMBERS AND LIMITED PARKING SPACES AT RPI.
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, 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 kindly 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?
The Sage Colleges is pleased to announce that Nancy S. Mueller will deliver the 98th commencement address.
Chemistry, Quiches and a Super Yacht – the Varied Life’s Work of Nancy Mueller
Nancy Mueller, who grew up in Latham, NY, is a 1965 graduate of Russell Sage College. She majored in chemistry and after graduation she moved to Palo Alto, CA, and joined Syntex Corporation as pharmaceutical chemist. In 1977, Mueller started her own business, Nancy’s Specialty Foods, and began nationally distributing Nancy’s Deli Spirals, quiche and other appetizers and entrees through retail and club store venues. After 22 years, she successfully sold the business in 1999. Seeking new experiences, her love of sailing inspired her to fulfill a dream, and she commissioned Feadship to build a super yacht, which she named Andiamo (“Let’s go” in Italian), for round the world cruising and diving and use as a charter. Ten years later, after touring hundreds of remote islands and countries with friends and family, she sold the vessel and returned to life on land. She lives in Palo Alto, CA, and Hawaii.
Honorary Degree Recipients
Battling ALS is Her New Life’s Work
Madeline Ruether Kennedy will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. Kennedy was born and raised in Troy, New York. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1975 and studied at Trinity College, Oxford University, in 1974. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from George Mason University in 1982. Kennedy spent her entire 37 year nursing career in Mental Health. In May of 2012 Kennedy was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Although this ended her nursing career, she quickly embraced advocacy and spreading awareness while battling the disease. Kennedy has participated in a variety of research studies, been named to several ALS research committees, given numerous speeches and interviews and authored articles in national media. She has also helped raise more than $100,000 for local and national ALS groups.
Kennedy is an avid golfer who uses an adaptive golf cart which enables her to keep playing. A clip of Kennedy at an ALS golf fundraiser she organized earlier this year went viral on the internet when she sank a 77.5 ft putt on live TV. You can view it here.
Conducting the Direction of American Symphonic Music
David Alan Miller will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Miller, music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, is a Grammy Award-winning conductor who has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School.
Former Sandy Hook Principal to Be Honored
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut when she and twenty-five others, were victims of one of the nation’s most tragic school shootings on December 14, 2012. Hochsprung was also a member of Cohort 6 of Sage College’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Sage will posthumously award her Ed.D. Hochsprung’s family will be present to accept her degree.
How many Sage graduates will be receiving their degrees?
The Sage Colleges will confer a total of over 797 degrees and certificates at the 98th Commencement on Saturday, May 16. This includes students who completed their requirements in August and December of 2014 and May of 2015.
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
215 Bachelor's Degrees
Russell Sage College
206 Bachelor's Degrees
Sage Graduate School
322 Master's Degrees and Advanced Certificates
35 Doctorates in Physical Therapy
13 Doctorates in Education
6 Doctorates in Nursing
How many times has Sage had Commencement?
This is the 98th Commencement in Sage's history, since Russell Sage was founded in 1916.
Please log on to: collegegrad.herffjones.com to pre-reserve your cap & gown.
Enter "Sage" to select your campus.
ALL SAGE GRADUATE SCHOOLS STUDENTS:
IF YOUR PROGRAM IS AN ALBANY CAMPUS PROGRAM, PLEASE CHOOSE SAGE COLLEGE OF ALBANY AND THEN SAGE GRADUATE SCHOOLS-MASTERS/DOCTORS FROM THE DROP-DOWN SELECTIONS
IF YOUR PROGRAM IS A TROY CAMPUS PROGRAM (INCLUDING THE ONLINE ABA PROGRAM), PLEASE CHOOSE RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE AND THEN SAGE GRADUATE SCHOOLS-TROY FROM THE DROP-DOWN SELECTIONS
You will pay and pick up your cap & gown unit at the bookstore beginning in May.
Please note that the deadline to pre-order on line is March 21st, 2015. Please make sure to pre-reserve 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!