Our Graduates

[Brittany - Grad Profile]Brittany Beyus

Russell Sage College, Class of 2013

Spanish, Theatre and Women's Studies
Morris, CT

During her time at RSC, Brittany was class president, started a plant science club on campus, joined the Circle K VERGE (Voice Educating for Reproductive and Gender Equality), volunteered at Planned Parenthood, was a member of the Spanish Club, the Sagettes and was also a Sage Ambassador.

“I chose Sage from my first experience here as a student at the Honors Theatre Weekend I felt like I was at home here on campus. Since my first year I have made, and continue to make, lasting friendships here on campus and would not change my experience for anything in the world. Russell Sage College has become my family and it will always have a special place in my heart.

"When I started college I was terrified. I was worried that I wouldn't make friends and honestly I was a bit intimidated by all the strong and independent women that attended the college. Little did I know that after about a year I would be one of those strong and independent women that I was so intimidated by. Now I realize that this college has provided me with the tools and skills that I needed to become the woman of influence that I am today. I have never felt more confident in my opinions and more empowered in my ability to achieve any goal I set for myself. Russell Sage gave me not only a degree in English, but a valuable education on who I am and my potential."

Brittany hopes to continue her education attend graduate school.

[Matthan - Grad Profile]Matthan Bird

Sage College of Albany, Class of 2013

Law & Society: Psychology Pathway
Hometown: Schenectady, NY

"Sage offered me a chance to combine my love for the social sciences and the law in a single degree. It was an opportunity I could not pass up. The faculty was amazing and encouraging. Without them I wouldn't have been able to make it into law school. Thank you for everything!"

Matthan will attend Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina this fall. 

[Megan - Grad Profile]Megan A. Picard

Russell Sage College, Class of 2013
Hometown: Schuylerville, NY

Megan is one of the first graduates of Sage’s Discovery Degree, an accelerated honors program which allowed her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in three, rather than four years. Active on campus, Megan was a Sagette, peer educator and found time to volunteer.

"I chose Sage for all the opportunities it opened up for me. As a sophomore and junior in high school I was able to attend Sage's Theatre Honors Program. I was offered a tremendous scholarship toward my studies and was able to meet several members of the faculty and staff before attending or even making my final decision about which school to go to. Everything completely drew me in."

Megan is presently working full-time for a law firm and plans on taking courses to receive her paralegal certification. She hopes to attend graduate school and study journalism, focusing on government and law.

"Sage helped me live to my fullest potential and has been a guiding path toward my dreams. Now I'm almost there!"

[Vin - Grad Profile]Vincent Porfirio
Educational Leadership Doctoral Degree
Schoharie, NY
Broughton Fellow, former employee, active alum

Vincent is a triple Sage grad, having previously earned his master's in English Language Arts Education (2009) and his MBA (2012).

"I came to work for Sage in 2006 and thought it was going to be for a year. I fell in love with the faculty, staff and especially the students who all made our Sage community an incredible one. I’m sad to leave after seven years as an employee and graduate student in multiple programs, but I am also extremely excited to start my new career serving our country and working for the department of defense. My time at Sage gave me the tools and the abilities to go out land a great job in the Navy. I will always be forever grateful to Sage."

Vincent will join the United States Navy as an intelligence specialist later this month.

Mackenzie Elizabeth Riley

Sage College of Albany, Class of 2013
Applied Biology: Environmental Science

Hometown: Albany, NY

While at SCA, Mackenzie played tennis for three seasons on the girls’ team and one season on the boys’ team. She was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the TriBeta society. She received the Phi Kappa Phi award as a sophomore, the Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 2010-2011 for the Skyline Conference and has been on the Dean’s List for several consecutive semesters. In 2012, she did a semester abroad in Australia. Mackenzie also volunteered her time with the Ronald McDonald House and the Special Olympics.

"I loved the small class sizes which allows for good communication between faculty and students. I enjoyed my years at Sage and would recommend it to anyone."