Justice Sotomayor to Accept Honorary Degree from The Sage Colleges

Troy & Albany, NY – The Sage Colleges proudly announce that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will speak with students, faculty and staff – including a question-and-answer session of selected questions from students– and receive an honorary doctorate from Sage, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Sonia Sotomayor

PHOTO CREDIT: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama and became an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009. The event is part of Sage’s ongoing celebration of its Centennial through academic year 2016-2017. Tickets are required to attend the event, which will be held in the 1,200-seat Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater on the Troy campus of The Sage Colleges, which is home to the women’s college, Russell Sage.

“The entire Sage community is thrilled to be hosting such a trailblazing ‘woman of influence.’ She has made history by serving on the nation’s highest court as the first Hispanic and the third woman to hold such a seat of honor and responsibility,” said Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D. “Our students are so fortunate to hear such a perspective firsthand. To have the opportunity to ask a Supreme Court Justice questions in person is a privilege.”

“In accepting an honorary degree from Sage – which grew from a groundbreaking college for women in the suffrage era 100 years ago – Justice Sotomayor will join other trailblazers who have received honorary degrees from Sage including Eleanor Roosevelt, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Alice Walker, Antonia Novello, and many others.”

NOTE: This is a private event exclusively for current Sage faculty, staff, students, and alumni as part of Sage’s ongoing Centennial Celebration. To attend this event, please Register Online.

MEDIA: The press is invited to attend the speaking event at 11 a.m. (doors close promptly at 10:45 a.m. for security reasons), but may not participate in the Q&A session. The Justice will not be available for interviews during her visit. Photography is limited to the first 1-2 minutes and last 1-2 minutes of the program. TV cameras must set up at the back of the room. TO ATTEND, CONTACT: Sara Carlson, (518) 244-2224, or [email protected].


The Sage Colleges is a small university comprised of the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, NY; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, NY; and three graduate schools operating on both campuses – the Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management. Sage, which is celebrating its Centennial academic year in 2016-2017, also offers flexible programs for working adults through the School of Professional and Continuing Education and via its distance learning arm, Russell Sage Online.