Founded nearly a century ago as an "inspired innovation," Russell Sage has unique traditions that continue to flourish and strengthen students' ties to the College and to each other.
Russell Sage traditions create a sense of unity among students. Members of the first year class are teamed up as Little Sisters with Big Sisters in the junior class, who make them feel at home.
Each class unites (under names like "Blue Angels" and "Golden Horseshoes") to observe the ritual of the Banner Ceremony, or to compete fiercely during Rally, the good-natured but very spirited "battle of the classes." Every class has a Class Historian, who, as one student said "holds our memories in her hands," and a Song Leader, who teaches and promotes the class songs.
Most importantly, all classes come together for annual events such as SageFest, Founder's Convocation, and the Winter Formal. Through these common experiences are forged some of the strongest bonds of friendship and sisterhood.
Traditions & Events
Juniors known as Big Sisters 'adopt' incoming First Year students known as Little Sisters and help guide them through their first 2 years at Russell Sage. Transfer students are also given a Sage Sister to help them acclimate to this new environment. Sisters are introduced at the start of the academic year.
Big/Little Sister Activity
Juniors gather to teach class songs and other Russell Sage songs to their First Year Little Sisters. All students are invited to attend to learn about the traditions of RSC.
Each class has an individual class name and color, which is passed down from the graduated class to the incoming First Years. The incoming Class of 2011 will be known as the Red Devils (Class of '08-Golden Horseshoes; Class of '09-Blue Angels; Class of '10-Purple Cows). The Junior Class President presents the First Year Class with their banner, which is handmade by their big sisters. The Banners of each class are hung in the Student Center.
Each class holds a formal dinner open to all members of the class. First Year dinner is in early February; the Sophomore dinner is in early December; the Junior dinner (a.k.a. The Ring Dinner) is in early November and celebrates the students receiving their college ring; the Senior dinner is held the last day of classes in the Spring.
This convocation celebrates the founding of Russell Sage College. It also serves as the kick-off to Family Weekend. A notable speaker is invited to address the college community at this event.
Interdorm Sing/Sage Circle Tapping
This annual fall event, sponsored by SRA, is a fun, light-hearted competition allowing floor/house/hall residents the opportunity to unite and display their creative spirit in a variety of ways (song, skit, dance, etc.). Newly elected Sage Circle members are tapped tonight.
Secret Sophomore Week
Groups of Sophomores are matched with groups of First Years to trick and/or treat for a week. This lighthearted event joins the two classes harmoniously and allows the students to get to know each other.
Color Night gives the First Year Students a chance to show their colors and class spirit through songs and skits, which they perform, about their transitions into college life. The newly elected officers of the First Year Class are announced.
The Big Sister class assists their Little Sisters in putting on their Class Sweaters for the first time. This is done after the ringing of the bell on Science Hall followed by a party of the classes.
Sage Circle Tapping
Outstanding Russell Sage students are chosen to be members of the non-academic honor society, Sage Circle. Students are selected for their participation and leadership in campus life. Students are chosen twice a year, during Interdorm Sing and Rally Day.
Multicultural "Many Cultures" Dinner
Held annually in March this festive dinner brings together in celebration the entire campus and community to acknowledge and experience the talents, differences and commonalties among our students and faculty, staff and administrators.
Leadership Recognition Day
Held annually in April this event is to recognize the accomplishments and service of all student leaders. The ceremony includes many special award presentations to students in many categories.
The traditional 'Moving Up' ceremony of the college. The seniors present their Class Gift, the Slide Show to the college followed by the changing of the Class Flag. All classes rise in status closed by the Seniors singing the Alumnae Song.
The graduation ceremony of all 4 colleges, to celebrate those who have completed their studies. This is the culmination of hard work and dedication to academic pursuits where students are honored for their success.