Congratulations to the Class of 2022! You have now joined the proud ranks of Illinois State University alumni—240,000 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.
Update your info
Good news: As an alum, you’re officially a subscriber to the award-winning alumni magazine, Illinois State, sent out three times a year in print and digital format. The next issue comes out this summer, but we can’t send you the latest edition unless we have your new address and email (your university email account will be deactivated one year after your graduation date). Update your contact information today to receive the magazine and other special invites to alumni events and resources.
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, Latinx 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.
Keep learning after graduation for free
Learning never stops after you graduate. Your Alumni Association provides a variety of ways to stay connected to Illinois State University from afar through any mobile device, computer, or tablet. From an interactive campus tour and sharing recipes to live events and DIY videos to try at home, find something to educate, entertain, and elevate growth. Visit Alumni’s virtual events site to learn about the many online opportunities available. For Redbirds who enjoy a good book, join the Illinois State online alumni book club where you will discuss topics covering lifelong learning topics. The next book starts May 27!
Don’t be a stranger
Homecoming 2022: Celebrating Red is set for October 11-16, 2022. Plans are being made to host safe gatherings and events. Don’t let Homecoming be the only time you visit campus each year. 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.
Looking for a job?
Illinois State’s Career Services isn’t just for students. Career Services offers various services to alumni to provide you with additional job-hunting help.
Get your transcripts
Many employers will ask to see an official transcript before hiring. To order your transcript online, visit the Office of the University Registrar. Here you can learn more about transcript availability, how to read your transcript, and to be sure your transcript includes your degree.
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 My.IllinoisState.edu now through May 16. For more information on extending student insurance, contact Student Health Insurance.
June is #RedbirdImpact Month
As you get established after graduation, don’t forget to pay it forward and support fellow Redbirds. To get started, consider making a difference this June as a part of #RedbirdImpact Month. This year, Illinois State University wants Redbirds to show the world how they care by being a part of #RedbirdImpact Month and reaching our goal of 250 service hours.
Alumni and friends can join a Redbird scheduled #RedbirdImpact service project including a special day on campus. Can’t make it to one of those scheduled activities? Register any volunteer hours between now and the end of June to help reach the 250-hour goal. Each time an alum or friend submits hours, they will also be entered to win the summer impact prize that will include items to enjoy a relaxing day outside after working hard to make a #RedbirdImpact.
Redbirds can also make a #RedbirdImpact with a gift to the area of campus they are most passionate about. Check out the areas of campus where you want to make a #RedbirdImpact by visiting the #RedbirdImpact website.
You are #RedbirdProud
This one’s easy. Stay plugged into 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 or display that well-deserved diploma. Here are just some of the places where you can buy Redbird gear:
- Weibring Golf Club store
- Barnes & Noble-Illinois State University Bookstore
- Alamo II
New graduates can also check out some of the latest alumni apparel through this year’s Redbird Graduation Gift Guide.