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Illinois State's spring commencement ceremonies are May 10 and 11, 2019.

10 things every new Illinois State grad should know

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!  You have now joined the proud ranks of Illinois State University alumni—215,000 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.


Don’t let Homecoming be the only time you visit campus each year. (Homecoming 2019 is October 21-27, by the way.) Come back to visit anytime, and stop at the Alumni Center first to meet the Alumni Engagement staff and get the latest info on campus events.

Also mark your calendars now to head back to campus this June to be a part of #RedbirdImpact Alumni Weekend. Join fellow Redbirds to continue to make a difference even after graduation. 

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 20. Choose the “Hold for Degree” option if you are earning a degree this semester and want your degree to appear on your transcript.


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 lifelong learning topics related to professional development and personal growth.


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 28, 2019. 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 August, but we can’t mail it unless we have your new address. Update your contact information today to receive the magazine and other special invites to alumni events. Also be sure to update your email (as your university email account will be deactivated six months after your graduation date) to receive university news updates and alumni event information.


Every gift counts, and we hope you consider making one following graduation to help future Redbirds reach their dreams like you. To start, join hundreds of Redbirds in Redbird Socks for Scholarships! The program benefits recipients of the Red and White Scholarship, a fund created to assist students experiencing unforeseen financial issues that range from the death of a parent to a medical crisis. Get these limited edition socks at before they’re gone!


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..

As this year’s President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, I’d like to congratulate you on your graduation and welcome you to our great Alumni Association! Go Redbirds!!