Technology Services 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 and Email

Your Pitt account will expire at the start of fall term 2014. You may continue to use your Pitt email address to log in to authenticated services such as My Pitt until that time. This way, you can check your grades after graduation and keep in touch with classmates. We recommend you forward your Pitt email to another service such as Gmail. (Learn how at here). Once your Pitt account expires, you won’t be able to access your Pitt email. However, we’ll forward email sent to your Pitt account for one year

✔ Want to keep important email messages?

No problem. You can easily move your messages to a personal computer or portable storage device.

✔ Have files on Box?

Be sure to transfer them to a personal account on Box. It’s easy to do. Go to www.box.com and create a personal account (be sure to use an email address different than your Pitt email address). Download the files from your Pitt Box account to your computer, and then upload them to your new personal Box account.

✔ Most Pitt software is yours to keep

Most software titles you obtained as a student won’t expire, such as the Microsoft Office suite, Symantec EndPoint Protection, and Computrace LoJack. Visit the Software page for specific details on each program.

✔ Get help if you need it

The Technology Help Desk is open 24 x 7 for students. Call 412-624-HELP [4357], submit a request, or chat online with a help specialist.

✔ Follow these good computing practices

  • Use anti-virus software on all of your computers. Symantec EndPoint Protection does not expire – download a copy from My Pitt and take it with you!
  • Use strong passwords for all of your web sites, including email, Facebook, banking web sites, etc. Be sure to use different passwords for each site too. Use KeePass to manage your passwords. It’s free and doesn’t expire once you leave Pitt.
  • Maintain your computer, tablet, and smartphone. Keep all software, apps, and operating systems up-to-date.
  • Beware unusual emails and other social engineering attempts. 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!

You can always visit our web site for the latest technology news, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.