Traditions

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

FALL SPRING
Sage Sisters
We're All Together Again Picnic
Big/Little Sister Activity
Banner Ceremony
Class Dinners
Founder's Convocation
Family Weekend
Sage Fest
Interdorm Sing/
Sage Circle Tapping

Secret Sophomore Week
Blue Night
Sagettes Holiday Concert
Senior Caroling
Winter Formal
Sweater Night
Rally Day
Sage Circle Tapping
Multicultural "Many Cultures" Dinner
Returning Women's Dinner
Leadership Recognition Day
Fudgesicle Concert
Russell Sage Convocation
Class Day
Baccalaureate
May Commencement

Sage Sisters
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.

We're All Together Again Picnic
Held the first day of classes. A campus picnic for all classes to eat and celebrate in song with their Sage Sisters.

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.

Banner Ceremony
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.

Class Dinners
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.

Founder's Convocation
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.

Family Weekend
A fun-filled weekend is planned for members of the RSC community to share with their families. The weekend highlights various athletic events and entertainment on campus.

Sage Fest
First Street is transformed into a street fair when RSC and the Troy Community mesh to enjoy live entertainment, street vendors, fun and games.

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
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.

Sagettes Holiday Concert
Held in early December the Sagettes kick-off the holiday season and demonstrate their talents in a magical performance of a capella song.

Senior Caroling
Seniors full of holiday spirit serenade the campus. Helping to usher in the holiday season Seniors parade around campus singing holiday carols.

Winter Formal
Held early in the Spring Semester. This event gives students the opportunity to dress up for an evening of dancing, dining and socializing in elegant surroundings.

Sweater Night
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.

Rally Day
The closing night of Rally Week, a time of fun, light-hearted competition between the classes to gain their year on the 'Skin'. All activities raise money for local charities.

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.

Returning Women's Dinner
This formal dinner gives Returning Women and their families an opportunity to socialize with each other in a celebration of community.

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.

Fudgesicle Concert
This annual concert is presented by the Sagettes during the month of April. All attendees receive a fudgesicle at the end of the performance.

Russell Sage Convocation
An event to acknowledge recipients of honors and scholarships in many departments. This event features an Alumna speaker selected by the Senior Class.

Class Day
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.

Baccalaureate
This ceremony for RSC students is held the afternoon before Commencement. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are the speakers.

May Commencement
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.

Commencement 2008