Information Technology Graduation Checklist | Information Technology | University of Pittsburgh

Information Technology Graduation Checklist

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Congratulations, Seniors!

Soon you’ll be graduating from Pitt and starting a new career. Now is a good time to take a few moments to wrap up some important technology items before you go.

✓ University Computing Account

Your Pitt student account will transition to an alumni account after you graduate. The transition to an alumni account will provide you with access to a number of important University services that you may continue to use after graduation.

✓ Pitt Email (Outlook)

You will retain access to your Pitt Email (Outlook) mailbox after you graduate, and you can keep your Pitt Email (Outlook) mailbox as long as you like. This means you can continue to send and receive email messages at your email address and any email aliases that you created while you were a student.

✓ Most software will expire, but you can keep a copy of Office 2019.

Keep in mind that most of the software titles that you obtained as a Pitt student will expire upon graduation. However, you may download one copy of Office 2019 from before you graduate and use it for as long as you like. Other downloaded programs and services may still be valid, or can be transitioned to a private, individual account. Visit the Software page for specific details on each program.

✓ Have files on Pitt's Cloud Storage (Box and OneDrive)?

Be sure to transfer any files that you have in your Pitt cloud storage accounts (Box or Microsoft OneDrive) to a personal account, or to an external storage device. It's easy to do.

  • Box: Go to and create a personal account (be sure to use an email address different than your email address). Download the files from your Pitt Box account to your computer, and then upload them to your new personal Box account. Alternatively, you can move your files into one folder and transfer ownership of that folder to a personal Box account.

  • Microsoft OneDrive: If you don’t already have a personal Microsoft Live account go to and create a new account. Be sure to use an email address different than your email address. Download the files from your Pitt OneDrive account to your computer, and then upload them to your new personal OneDrive account. Current pricing for personal accounts offer 5GB of storage for free and 50GB for just $1.99 per month (pricing subject to change).

✓ Stay safe with good computing practices

  • Your antivirus and anti-malware software will remain active. Be sure you have it loaded on all of your devices
  • Keep using Pitt Password Manager (LastPass): your premium account won't expire when you leave Pitt – it's yours for life! Your passwords should be hard to guess and contain at least eight uppercase/lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Use different passwords for each of your online accounts. 
  • Be sure you have the most recent versions of any software installed on your computer or devices. Staying current with updates ensures that you’ll have the latest security patches and code fixes to resolve potential problems.
  • Beware of phishing emails, along with other scams and malware. Review our Safe Computing tips.

✓ Prepare to enter the workforce - helpful playlist at LinkedIn Learning

Be sure to view this LinkedIn Learning playlist that covers some frequently viewed courses by University students preparing to enter the workforce. Your LinkedIn profile will continue to show your LinkedIn Learning courses, even after your free access to LinkedIn Learning ends after graduation.

✓ Access your student records

You will continue to have access to the Student Information System (PeopleSoft)/PS Mobile in order to view your grades, or request a transcript or enrollment verification online.

✓ Remember to keep in touch!

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 ✓ Get help if you need it

The 24/7 IT Help Desk is open 24 x 7 for students and is also available to assist alumni. Call 412-624-HELP (4357), submit a request online, or use the Live Chat link under the Help Desk drop-down menu to chat online with a help specialist.