Celebrating the Class of 2019

The Sage Colleges conferred 808 degrees and certificates at its 102nd commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The ceremony was held at the Houston Field House on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus.

Maya Wiley, a legal analyst on NBC News and MSNBC, professor and senior vice president for social justice at The New School, and former chief legal adviser to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the commencement address.

Meet Members of the Class of 2019

Members of the Class of 2019 are entering careers, graduate schools and promising futures as a result of their Sage education. Meet a few them.

Saba-AbuzaidSaba Abuzaid said the combination of hands-on research opportunities and classroom instruction at Russell Sage has made her confident of success on the Medical College Admission Test. Read Saba Abuzaid’s Sage Spotlight.


Melissa Clifford“I am passionate about students knowing their rights and about sexual violence prevention,” said Melissa Clifford of her new job, helping institutions in New York’s Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties prevent and respond to sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking on college campuses. Read Melissa Clifford’s Sage Spotlight.

Sofia D’AgostinoSofia D’Agostino’s internship at the Rensselaer County Department of Health led to a job offer and consulting opportunities. Read Sofia D’Agostino’s Sage Spotlight.


Hajar HussainiHajar Hussaini received a fellowship to attend a prestigious seminar for undergraduate poets in June; this fall, she began her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop – considered to be the top master’s writing program in the U.S. Read Hajar Hussaini’s Sage Spotlight.


Robert MillsRobert Mills said Sage’s basketball coaches and an internship at the Troy YMCA helped pave the way to his success on and off the court. His goal is to pursue his athletic trainer’s certificate while he works for the YMCA. Read Robert Mills’ Sage Spotlight.


Hakeem PlummerA local recording studio offered management graduate Hakeem Plummer a paid position after his successful internship. Read Hakeem Plummer’s Sage Spotlight.