In light of the COVID-19 prohibition of mass gatherings, the Sage 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 graduates will still receive their diplomas by mail in June.

We know that some students may want to seek a refund on their cap and gown while others may 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:

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 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 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: 

Students may still order their cap and gown online at: until at least May 31. Follow the instructions below if you would like to place an order.  For those who wish to delay ordering their regalia until we have a date for our postponed ceremony, rest assured that we will reopen online ordering at that time and keep students update by email.

Note that you will need to know the following when placing your order:

1. The Degree you are earning (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science, Doctorate in Physical Therapy, etc.), so please verify with the registrar’s office ([email protected]) in advance, if needed.  This information is also available in your academic Program Evaluation, which is accessible through your SageAdvisor account.

2. Graduate Students will need to know the campus your degree program is associated with. If you need to confirm which campus your degree program is associated with, go to: or please call The Bookstore (Albany campus): 518-694-7378 or m.o.s.s. books (Troy campus): 518-274-0199.

Instructions for Ordering 

STEP 1: Once on the Herff Jones website, type SAGE in the search box.

STEP 2: Select your College
*If you are a Russell Sage College student, choose RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE
*If you are a Sage College of Albany student choose SAGE COLLEGE OF ALBANY
*If you are a Sage Graduate Student in a Troy campus program (includes the online ABA program) choose SAGE GRADUATE SCHOOLS- TROY
*if you are a Sage Graduate Student  in an Albany campus program, choose SAGE GRADUATE SCHOOLS- ALBANY

STEP 3: Select your Delivery Method (Bookstore Pickup or Home Delivery)

STEP 4: Choose the Cap & Gown tab in the top menu bar.

STEP 5: Enter in your Personal Information (Name, Degree, etc.)

STEP 6: Proceed to Checkout.  You will need to pay for your regalia when you order it online.

PLEASE ADHERE TO ORDER DEADLINES – Failure to do so may result in not having the correct size gown/color of hood & tassel that you need and additional shipping fees.

Students who order with delivery to the bookstore will receive email notification (at the end of April) when regalia arrives on campus.

If you have questions, please call The Bookstore (Albany campus): 518-694-7378 or m.o.s.s. books (Troy campus): 518-274-0199.

For information about how to wear your Cap and Gown, check out one of these YouTube videos.