In light of the COVID-19 prohibition of mass gatherings, the Sage 2020 Commencement ceremony is postponed. There is so much uncertainty about when mass gatherings will be allowed that we do not want to set a date and then be forced to change it again. Instead, we will follow the progress of our public health and schedule a ceremony when it is clear that it is safe to do so. The date and location of the ceremony will thus be determined and announced at a later time. But rest assured that we will hold a live, in-person Commencement ceremony when it becomes feasible. Stay tuned for more details.
Note that May 2020 graduates will still receive their diplomas by mail in June.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will I still receive my degree even if there is no commencement ceremony in May?
Yes! As usual, students who submitted a graduation application to the registrar’s office and meet all degree requirements by the end of the spring term will be awarded their degrees. As of May 16, 2020, these students can consider themselves graduates. Students will receive email notification on this date acknowledging their degree conferral.
When will I receive my diploma?
Typically, the registrar’s office mails out diplomas to May graduates during the month of June. Diplomas are mailed to the address you provided to the College with your graduation application. (If you need to verify the address you provided, please email [email protected]) It is unknown if the current COVID-19 crisis will have any impact on the production/mailing of diplomas. The registrar’s office will update students via email if we anticipate any changes to the typical delivery of diplomas.[Link to Pres. Ames’ email message]
Will graduates still have the opportunity to participate in a Commencement ceremony in the future at Sage?
Yes. We have decided to postpone the May commencement ceremony, but we hope to plan a celebration for this fall. However, there is so much uncertainty about when mass gatherings will be allowed that we do not want to set a date and then be forced to change it again. Instead, we will follow the progress of our public health crisis and schedule a ceremony when it is clear that it is safe to do so.
In addition, any student who was eligible to participate in the May 2020 commencement ceremony will be invited to participate in next year’s ceremony on May 15, 2021.
Will I need to submit another graduation application in order to participate in a future Commencement ceremony?
No. You will not need to submit a new graduation application. However, you will need to reply to any Student Life Office outreach regarding a future ceremony to confirm your plans to participate in commencement so we can plan accordingly. We will communicate with students via their Sage email accounts.
What about my cap and gown?
We know that some students may want to seek a refund on their cap and gown while others still want to be sure they can receive them. Students should work directly with the academic regalia vendor, Herff Jones, for the following options.
If you ordered your cap and gown for bookstore delivery and you still want to receive it:
These orders have been processed, but not shipped. These graduates may opt in to have their regalia shipped home for free by logging on to: http://www.herffjones.com/HomeDelivery
If you are looking to return your cap and gown for a refund:
Graduates who ordered their cap and gown with bookstore delivery who would like a refund should log on to herffjones.com/collegereturns and follow the instructions for Return/Refund (I do not have my cap and gown).
Graduates who ordered their regalia with home delivery who want a refund should log on to: herffjones.com/collegereturns and follow the instructions for Return/Refund (I have my cap and gown). The package must remain unopened, and must be returned prior to May 9th. All orders placed online with home shipping cannot be cancelled at this point, even if you have not yet received it. These orders are sent directly to your residence from the manufacturing facility. Once you receive the product, follow the instructions for returning your home ship product for a refund.
If you did not get to order your cap and gown yet, but you still would like to purchase it:
Will the College do anything to acknowledge graduates on May 16th?
Yes! You have worked hard to earn your degree and you deserve to be recognized. While we are disappointed that we cannot celebrate with you in person in May, the College will be putting together a tribute to our graduates that will be posted online and emailed to all graduates on May 16th. We need your input for this! Please take a moment to complete the brief online form to provide us with a photo and information about your achievements and aspirations by May 1st.
For specific questions not covered on this page,
please contact the Troy Office of Student Life at [email protected].