Commencement 2024 – SAVE THE DATE!

Russell Sage College will celebrate our 107th Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 6 p.m. at the MVP Arena (formerly known as the Times Union Center) in the city of Albany. Tickets are not needed for this event and graduates do not have a limit on the number of guests they can bring.

All eligible graduates from August 2023, December 2023, May 2024, and anticipated August 2024 and December 2024 graduates who have been approved to “walk” at commencement have received email invitations from the Student Life Office as of March 1 with further details about the ceremony. Note that ALL graduates are required to RSVP to indicate if they plan to participate in the ceremony, but guests will not need to do so.

Russell Sage College is pleased to announce that esteemed composer Tania León, winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music and a Kennedy Center honoree, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2024 Russell Sage College commencement ceremony. For information about her fascinating life and accomplishments, check out the recent press release. In addition, the college will also award an honorary degree to President Ames, who will retire on June 30 after leading Russell Sage for seven years.

Contact the Office of Student Life with any questions regarding commencement at 518-244-2207 or [email protected] or visit our Commencement FAQ page. 

Prior Commencement Ceremonies

Russell Sage College’s Commencement ceremonies were available to view online live during the ceremony. You can view recordings of prior Commencement ceremonies on Russell Sage College’s YouTube Channel.

Archived Webcasts

Our May 2021 graduation celebrations honored Sage graduates from August 2019/2020, December 2019/2020, and May 2020/2021. Sage hosted small, outdoor, on-campus gatherings for graduates and up to 2 guests on Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday May 12.

Video from past Commencement ceremonies (2019 and prior) at the Houston Field House is available at our Webcast Archive.