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Illinois State's spring commencement ceremonies are May 12 and 13, 2017.

10 things every new Illinois State grad should know

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!  You have now joined the proud ranks of Illinois State University alumni—210,000 strong and growing.

The Alumni Association wants to leave you with some quick tips on how to fully take advantage of your new status as a Redbird alum. So without further ado and in no particular order, here are the 10 things every new Illinois State grad should know.

Central Illinois Young Alumni

Central Illinois Young Alumni at a summer kickoff event.


Were you involved in a bunch of student groups on campus? Then stay involved as an alum too.

Illinois State alums have organized a long and growing list of affinity-based alumni networks, such as the young alumni networks in both Chicago and Central Illinois, Latin@ Alumni Network, Black Colleagues Association, LGBTQA, and many college and department-based networks.

And if life takes you beyond Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, we have regional networks located all across the country! These alumni groups get together for Redbird Athletics games and watch parties, host special events, and raise money for student scholarships.

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Don’t let Homecoming be the only time you visit campus each year. (Homecoming 2018 is October 8-14, by the way.) Come back to visit anytime, and stop at the Alumni Center first to meet the Alumni Relations staff and get the latest info on campus events.

Also mark your calendars now to get back to campus on February 21! Illinois State will host a senior night at the Redbird men’s basketball game for all students that graduated in December 2017 and going to graduate in May 2018. A pregame party with free food will start at 6 p.m. and all seniors will receive a special giveaway!

Moving back to Chicago? Then swing by Illinois State’s Chicago Office downtown on North Michigan Avenue. Rent a room, host an event, or just use it as a drop-in spot.


Illinois State’s Career Center isn’t just for students. The Career Center offers various services to alumni to provide you with additional job-hunting help.


Many employers will ask to see an official transcript before hiring. To order your transcript online or in person, visit the Office of the University Registrar. Spring grades will be available on the transcripts beginning December 21. Choose the “Hold for Degree” option if you are earning a degree this semester and want your degree to appear on your transcript.


Insured graduating students who will not be enrolled in classes during the following term may continue coverage for one additional term. Insured full-time students graduating in December are eligible to purchase spring coverage by applying through until January 30, 2018. For more information on extending student insurance, contact Student Health Insurance.

The cover of the current issue of Illinois State's alumni magazine

The cover of a recent alumni magazine.


Good news: As an alum, you’re officially a subscriber to the award-winning alumni magazine, Illinois State, sent out three times a year. Next issue comes out in April, but we can’t mail it unless we have your new address. Update your contact information today and we’ll get you on the magazine mailing list. Also be sure to update your email (as your university email account will be discontinued six months after your graduation date) to receive university news updates and alumni event information.


Learning never stops after you graduate. Your Alumni Association makes sure you can continue to grow and network no matter where you are in the world. Join the Illinois State online alumni book club where you will discuss topics covering professional development and personal growth related to careers and leadership.


Be a part of the tradition and leave your legacy at Illinois State. Support the area of campus you are passionate about by making a gift of $20.17 in honor of your graduation.

Pay it forward so future Redbirds can have the same great experiences you did.


This one’s easy. Stay plugged in to Illinois State campus life by following us on social media:

Check out the full list (and find your college or department) on our Social Media Directory.


By now, you probably have no shortage of Illinois State T-shirts in your dresser. But as you join the working world, it’s time to spiff up your collection of Redbird gear and get some stuff you can actually wear to the office. Here are just some of the places where you can buy Redbird gear:

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I enjoyed studying at Illinois State University. As a Graduate student , majoring in Information Systems and Technology, I liked the reading hours at Milner Library, the Computer Labs for research and projects and the walks through the Quad..

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