Commencement 2018 Photos

Any photos from Commencement and related events are available on Sage’s Flickr page.

Photographs of individual graduates are available for purchase from Genesee Photo’s website. Students should have also received information directly from the vendor via email.

Watch the Webcast

The Sage Colleges will conferee degrees and certificates at our 101st Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. All undergraduate and graduate students who completed their requirements in August and December of 2017 and May of 2018 are invited to participate.

Sage Commencement & Rehearsal Information 2018

Graduates Participating in Commencement Must Also Attend The Sage Colleges Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.  Graduates (only) should arrive to Rensselaer’s Houston Field House (1900 Peoples Avenue in Troy) by 5:10 p.m. where they will receive important information about the Commencement Ceremony and Procession.

Commencement Webcast

Watch the Commencement Ceremony live via streaming. The webcast will be begin at 10 am.

Commencement Day Information

The Sage Colleges Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Houston Field House on the RPI Campus located at 1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY,12180.

The Field House will open at 8:30 a.m., at which time guests will be permitted to choose their seats. Someone must remain with your seats and personal belongings at all times.

Please note: Seats cannot be saved after 9:15 a.m. 

Links to detailed information

Please contact the Student Life Office at 518-244-2207 or [email protected] with any questions.

Commencement Speaker

Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, will address The Sage Colleges Class of 2018 and guests at Sage’s 101st Commencement.

Richards has served as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, for twelve years, working to expand access to reproductive health care and strengthen the movement for sexual and reproductive rights.

Richards began her career organizing low-wage workers in the hospitality and healthcare industries. She previously served as deputy chief of staff for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and founded America Votes, a coalition of progressive organizations working to maximize voter registration, education and participation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and is on the boards of trustees of the Ford Foundation and the JPB Foundation.

Her address to Sage graduates occurs shortly after her departure from Planned Parenthood and the release of her memoir, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead, for which she is touring with  nationally. Read More

Book Signing

Make Trouble, by Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards will be signing copies of her memoir, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead, at Market Block Books in Troy after Commencement.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
3:30 pm
Market Block Books
290 River Street
Troy, NY

Letters to Graduates

Graduates will begin to receive letters from the Student Life Office at the end of February with detailed information.

Information for Graduates


For Rehearsal: Walk into the Field House Main Entrance, find your seat and wait for further instructions

Morning of Commencement: Line up will start outside of the Field House. Students will be provided their line up location in advance and will need to report to their designated side of the building to find their line.

 Parking at the Field House

Parking at the Field House is limited and we expect a large attendance. Arrangements have been made for guests to use the parking lot and shuttle service to and from Troy High School &  Middle School.

Please allow extra time for parking on Commencement day


The shuttle will run continuously from 8:30 a.m. to end of ceremony.

Parking Locations

  • On the street (please be mindful of the signs)
  • RPI Field House Parking Lot- 1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY, 12180.
  • Troy High School/Middle School- off of Burdett Ave/1976 Burdett Ave

Parking immediately around the RPI Field House is very limited. We have made arrangements for parking and shuttle service from Troy High School and Middle School.

Note that the Field House has a limited number of spaces available in a parking lot reserved for those with disability plates or placards. CARS MUST HAVE A PERMIT OR PLACARD TO BE ALLOWED INTO THIS LOT.  If this lot is full, guests will be permitted drive up to the entrance to drop off individuals with disabilities.

Commencement 2017 Statistics

Degrees: 883 (including August 2016, December 2016 and May 2017 graduates)

Russell Sage College: 226 Bachelor’s Degrees

Sage College of Albany: 195 Bachelor’s Degrees

Sage Graduate Schools: 77 Doctorates, 385 Master’s Degrees and Advanced Certificates

Past Webcasts

Video from past Commencement ceremonies is available at our Webcast Archive.