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Honors & Graduation

Academic Honors

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List (“Honors”) is published twice a year following each fall and spring semester and honors full-time Sage College of Albany students completing at least 12 graded semester hours with a semester grade average of “B+” (3.3 GPA or better and having no course grade below a “C”). Full-time students who have a minimum semester GPA of 3.7 with no grade lower than a “B” will be designated as having earned “High Honors”.

The method of determining eligibility for the Dean’s List recognizes the achievements of part-time as well as full-time students. Students who are registered as part-time degree students will be evaluated for honors once for each 12 credit hours accumulated. Students who are matriculated in a Sage After Work degree or a certificate program are eligible for the Dean’s List if they have completed at least four courses (12 credits) over one to three terms (including summer) in which a grade point average of 3.3 or above is achieved, with no grade below a “C” or of “Incomplete.” A student with an incomplete may petition the Dean’s Office for recognition after the incomplete is satisfied.

Latin Honors

Students must have at least 45 credit hours at Sage above the 100-level and earn a GPA of at least 3.5 for all Sage credits. The baccalaureate degree is awarded as follows:

Cum Laude: Sage GPA between 3.5 and 3.69
Magna Cum Laude: Sage GPA of 3.7 to 3.89
Summa Cum Laude: Sage GPA 3.9 or higher

Program Honors

Students who have attained a high degree of excellence in the work of their major requirements are awarded Program Honors upon degree completion. The GPA requirement for Program Honors is 3.5 based on all required courses for a major program, including support courses completed at Sage.

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

The 176th chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society was installed at Sage in 1975. Students in any major may be elected to the society in the spring term of the junior or senior year. To be eligible for election, juniors must rank in the upper 2 to 3 percent and seniors in the upper 10 percent of their class, with a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.


The Sage Colleges confers degrees three times each year:  in August, December, and May.  A Commencement ceremony is held only in May.  Students become candidates for graduation upon the filing of a completed “Graduation Application” with the filing fee with the Office of Student Services.  The filing deadlines are:

February 15 for May degree conferral

June 1 for August degree conferral

October 1 for December degree conferral

For conferral of a degree in May, August or December, students must have met all degree requirements by the end of the semester or summer session preceding degree conferral date.  Students enrolled in internships, externships, clinicals, student teaching, practica, or courses at another institution which are scheduled to end within one month after conferral date must supply the Office of Student Services with documentation of satisfactory progress (a letter from the instructor on the college’s letterhead indicating an average of C- or better) to be eligible for degree conferral and receipt of a final transcript.

Participation in Commencement Exercises

For participation in Commencement, baccalaureate students must meet the requirements for graduation by Commencement day, or be within two courses (inlcuding internships, externships, clinicals, student teaching or practica) of completing requirements and be enrolled in the subsequent summer session(s) or semester at The Sage Colleges.  Students with up to two courses worth of incomplete and/or Research in Progress grades from the semester prior to Commencement day are normally eligible to participate in Commencement but are not eligible for degree conferral.  The Dean of the College will consider petition for exceptions to the above regulations, but they will be granted for only the most compelling reasons.  The Dean will routinely report the reasons for any exceptions made to the Academic Standards Committee.