Post Graduation IT Checklist

Updated and accurate for Fall 2023

Congratulations, graduates! All of your hard work at the University of Illinois has paid off! But before you leave campus there’s a few things you need to do first to make sure your important files and software come with you. 

Alma Mater decked out in a graduation regalia gown.

What you need to know

To protect our network, we remove the student status from the NetIDs of all undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students. Your student status will be removed approximately one year after you leave the University. All of your crucial services–email, software, Library access, computer lab access–are tied to your NetID and your status as a student. You can continue to use all of your services until your student status is removed.

How to prepare

Set your password recovery options

You will need to keep your password updated to access services. Update your password and set your recovery options at the NetID center

Set up email forwarding

Once your student status is removed after one year, you will no longer be able to log into your university email account. However, you can still be reached at your address if you set up forwarding to an outside address.

Learn how to set up email forwarding here 

Save WebStore license keys

You will not be able to log into WebStore to access your order history. Take some time now to visit the WebStore and save or store any access keys/codes for your software. Some subscription software will expire prior to your NetID deactivation.

Save or migrate stored online data

If you’ve been using U of I Box or university accounts for OneDrive or Google Apps at Illinois, you may want to save or migrate access to any files.

What expires after graduation

Once your student status is removed, you won’t be able to use these services:

If you are continuing work with a department after graduation, they may continue to provide you services via your NetID. Check with your department if you will need to access any of their services after graduation.