CENTENNIAL COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

Commencement Panorama 2015

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Commencement Day Information

Sage's Commencement Exercises are held at the Houston Field House on the RPI campus, at 1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY.

The Field House will open at 8:30 a.m., at which time you may choose your seats. Someone must remain with your seats at all times. Seats cannot be saved after 9:15 a.m.

Parking immediately around the Field House is limited. We have made arrangements for parking and shuttle service from Troy High School and Doyle Middle School. 

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE PARKING CAPACITY AT RPI, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT PEOPLE ARRIVING AFTER 9:20 a.m. PARK IN THE TROY HIGH SCHOOL (1950 Burdett Ave, Troy, NY) 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.

Attending the Ceremony | About the Ceremony | Cap + Gown Info 

Attending the Ceremony

How do we get to the Houston Field House at RPI?

Directions to the Field House [PDF]

What time does the ceremony start?
10:00 A.M. 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?Sage Commencement 2012
9:00 A.M.

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 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.


About the Ceremony

Who will be speaking at Commencement?

Internationally known women’s health care advocate and incoming Wellesley College president Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, will deliver Sage's Centennial Commencement Address.

How many Sage graduates will be receiving their degrees?

The Sage Colleges will confer a total of 879 degrees and certificates at the Centennial Commencement on Saturday, May 14, 2016. This includes students who completed their requirements in August and December of 2015 and May of 2016.

What degrees will be received at Commencement?

Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates.

Commencement 2013

Sage College of Albany
212 Bachelor's Degrees

Russell Sage College
240 Bachelor's Degrees

Sage Graduate School
361 Master's Degrees and Advanced Certificates
66 Doctorates in Education, Nursing, and Physical Therapy

How many times has Sage had Commencement?
This is the 99th Commencement in Sage's history, since our founding college, Russell Sage College, was established in 1916.


Cap + Gown Information

Sage Commencement 2012 Please log on to collegegrad.herffjones.com to reserve to 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 for your cap and gown when you order it online. Please note that the deadline to order on line is March 26, 2016.  Please make sure to order as soon as possible so that we are sure to deliver your correct sized gown. NEW THIS YEAR-- you may order your cap and gown and have it shipped to your address.  There are shipping costs so order early. 

The deadline for an order to be shipped to you is April 18! Any questions, please contact the appropriate bookstore:  Russell Sage College:  518-274-0199
Sage College of Albany:  518-694-7378

Thank you and congratulations!


Important Dates and Deadlines

February

Graduation applications must be completed and returned to the Student Services Office. This applies to all students, regardless of plans to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you have already graduated in August or December, there is no need to re-file to participate in the ceremony. The deadline for May applications is Monday, February 15. There is a $50 non-refundable diploma application fee. Applications are available at Student Services or on our website.  

March

Please log on to collegegrad.herffjones.com to order 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 be required to pay for you cap & gown when you place your order online. Please note that the deadline to order on line is March 26, 2016.  Please make sure to 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

April

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE COMMENCEMENT RESPONSE CARD AND MAIL IT TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016.  IF YOU ARE A MAY GRADUATE PLEASE RESPOND TO THE EMAIL SENT TO YOU FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS.

May

BACCALAUREATE CONVOCATION (SCA)

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in the SCA Gymnasium. Reception to follow.

BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY (RSC)

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Schacht Fine Arts Center. Reception to follow.

COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL
(MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMENCEMENT)

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. at the Houston Field House