Information Technology Graduation Checklist
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.
✓ My Pitt Email
You will retain access to your My Pitt Email mailbox after you graduate, and you can keep your My Pitt Email mailbox as long as you like. This means you can continue to send and receive email messages at your @pitt.edu email adress and any email aliases that you created while you were a student.
✓ Most software you obtained as a student will expire, but you may keep Office 2016.
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 2016 from http://pitt.onthehub.com and keep it as long as you like. Visit the Software for Students page for specific details on each program.
✓ Have files on Pitt's Cloud Storage?
Be sure to transfer any files that you have in your Pitt cloud storage accounts (Box or Microsoft OneDrive) to a personal account. It's easy to do.
Box: Go to www.box.com and create a personal account (be sure to use an email address different than your @pitt.edu 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 https://onedrive.live.com and create a new account (be sure to use an email address different than your @pitt.edu 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).
✓ Follow these good computing practices
- Use antivirus and anti-malware software on all of your computers. Symantec EndPoint Protection and Malwarebytes – download both from My Pitt!
- Protect your laptops. If you haven't already done so, be sure to install Absolute LoJack before you leave Pitt.
- Use strong passwords that are hard to guess, but easy to remember, and contain at least eight characters combining uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Be sure to use different passwords for each of your online accounts–including email, social media, and your bank account. Also consider a service to manage your passwords, such as KeePass, that won’t expire once you leave Pitt.
- 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 lynda.com
Be sure to view this lynda.com playlist that covers some frequently viewed courses by university students preparing to enter the workforce.
✓ Remember to keep in touch!
✓ Get help if you need it
The Technology Help Desk is open 24 x 7 for students and is also available to assist alumni who have graduated in spring 2015 or later. Call 412-624-HELP , submit a request online, or use the link on this page to chat online with a help specialist.