Graduation Checklist

Recommended: Before completion of 87 credits (senior status), review your Transcript and academic Program Evaluation report in SageAdvisor and consult with your Faculty Advisor. Discuss with him/her your graduation status, future course planning needs and career goals.


On your Program Evaluation report in SageAdvisor, check the following:

__ Completion of 120 credits (bachelor degree minimum)
__ CUM GPA (overall) achieved at SAGE must be a 2.00 or higher*
__ Completion of all Major requirements
__ Major GPA (grades in courses required in Major) must be a 2.20 or higher* 
__ 1/2 of the total credits required in the MAJOR must be completed at Sage
__ Completion of all General Education requirements
__ Completion of Liberal Arts & Sciences requirement
__ 45 credits must be completed at Sage (institutional credits); 30 credits for SPCE students    

*Note: some majors may require a higher cumulative or major GPA - see Catalog.

Graduation/Diploma Application

All SAGE students must declare their intent to graduate by submitting a graduation application form and processing fee to the Registrar/Office of Student Services.


  • February 15 for May completion
  • June 1 for August completion
  • October 1 for December completion

Students enrolled in internships, externships, clinicals, student teaching, practica, or courses at another institution which are scheduled to end within one month after conferral date must supply the Office of Records and Registration with documentation of satisfactory progress.

Honors Information

Latin Honors

Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude (also known as Latin Honors). Students must have completed at least 45 Sage credit hours in courses 200-level or higher.

  • Summa Cum Laude: Sage GPA 3.9 or higher
  • Magna Cum Laude: Sage GPA between 3.7 to 3.89
  • Cum Laude: Sage GPA between 3.5 and 3.69

Program Honors (in Major)

Students who have attained a high degree of excellence in their respective major are awarded Program Honors in the Major. The GPA requirement for program honors is 3.50 or higher based on all required courses for a major program including support courses.

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

The 176th chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society was installed at Sage in 1975. Students in any major may be elected to the society in the spring term of the junior or senior year. To be eligible for election, juniors must rank in the upper 2 to 3 percent and seniors in the upper 10 percent of their class, with a cumulative average of 3.5 or better. The induction ceremony is typically held at the end of the spring term on the Troy campus.

Nursing and Psychology

For outstanding work in the individual disciplines, students may also be elected to national honor societies represented by Sigma Theta Tau in nursing and Psi Chi in psychology. (

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society (SPCE)

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was established in 1946. In 1982, Sage organized the Gamma Nu Chapter for students enrolled in the evening division. Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes the special accomplishments of adult students who achieve academic excellence while balancing the demands of home and work. Students are inducted each spring. Gold and burgundy honor cords are worn at commencement.

To qualify for Alpha Sigma Lambda:

1. Matriculated in a bachelor's degree program in SPCE
2. Complete at least 24 credits at Sage
3. Complete 12 liberal arts credits outside the major
4. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher
5. Students must be in the top 10% of the students meeting the criteria above

For more information about Alpha Sigma Lambda, please contact: [email protected]


Graduation Ceremonies and Commencement

A Baccalaureate/Honors Convocation and TSC Commencement Ceremony are held each year at the end of the spring term only. Exact times and dates (typically in May) are available in the Dean's Office, (518) 292-1704.

To be eligible to participate in commencement, students must meet the requirements for graduation by commencement day, or be within two courses of completing their requirements and enrolled in the subsequent summer session(s) or semester at The Sage Colleges.

In addition, an unpaid financial obligation to the College may result in the withholding of the students grades, transcript of credits, diploma, and commencement participation.

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