Tech Tip of the Week: Services Available After Graduation

While many services and accounts expire after graduation, some services will continue for a period of time. The Help Desk has compiled a list of services you can still use for a while after you leave the iSchool. Make sure to review it over the summer and save any information from these services before the Fall.

Tech Tip of the Week: Downloading Course Content from Canvas

The end of the semester has arrived! But there is still one task left to complete before you start summer break. To ensure you have access to past course materials, make sure to download course content and submissions from Canvas. Otherwise, Canvas courses will be archived and you will lose access to past content and submissions. If you have questions about this process, contact the Help Desk.

Tech Tip of the Week: Graduation!

Hello 2021 iSchool Graduates! Congratulations in advance! We know you will do amazing things with what you’ve learned at the iSchool! This Tech Tip is just for you! 

Do you know what happens to your University email once you graduate? 

Your student status will be removed one year after you leave the University. You can continue to use all of your services until your student status is removed. This means that before it is removed, you will want to make sure to set up email forwarding, back up important files, documents, and projects outside of Office 365 and Box, and keep your NetID current by maintaining an updated password when prompted. Once your student status is removed, you will lose access to the following: 
      • University Exchange (Outlook) Mailbox
      • Microsoft Office 365
      • Online courses (Moodle/learn.illinois.edu)
      • U of I Box
      • Linkedin Learning
 

Do you know how to access transcripts of the official and unofficial variety?

If you’re a current student/are graduating this spring:
      • Order an official PDF or paper transcript by accessing the Registration and Records tab in the Student Self-Service.
Don’t have an active NetID?
      • Follow the TranscriptPlus link from the Registrar’s Transcript page.
Both of these options are for electronic transcripts. If you need a paper one, consult the Registrar Transcript page again for more detailed information.
Being able to easily access your transcripts is a great incentive to keep your NetID and password updated regularly!
While we at the Help Desk can point you in the general right direction, any specific transcript questions should go to the Transcript/Records office (217) 333-9778.

For more information about Convocation please see the School of Information Sciences page about Convocation 2021.

Tech Tip of the Week: Graduation Check-In

Less of a tech tip and more of a check-in for this week.

Did you just recently graduate? If so, congratulations! If not, congratulations on not needing to panic about the job hunt yet!

If you did just graduate, there are some things that you should do in order to put all your little iSchool ducks in a row.

  • If you want to keep access to your Illinois email, you’ll need to forward messages to a non-Illinois account. Check out how to do that here.
  • You will have access to Box one year after graduation! No need to back up those files right away. But doing so before you forget might be a good idea.
  • You can keep your Moodle access as long as you keep your password updated! Reset your password once a year.
  • Make sure you keep in touch with the Alumni office! Update your information so we can brag about all the great things you’ll accomplish.

Tech Tip of the Week: Graduation

We’re getting even closer to the end of the semester! Graduation is officially looming in the (close) distance.

Do you know how to access transcripts of the official and unofficial variety?

If you’re a current student/are graduating this spring:

  • Order an official PDF or paper transcript by accessing the Registration and Records tab in the Student Self-Service.

Don’t have an active NetID?

Both of these options are for electronic transcripts. If you need a paper one, consult the Registrar Transcript page again for more detailed information.

Being able to easily access your transcripts is a great incentive to keep your NetID and password updated regularly!

While we at the Help Desk can point you in the general right direction, any specific transcript questions should go to the Transcript/Records office (217) 333-9778.

 

 

 

Commencement Season is Almost Here!

Alma in graduation robes

Congratulations on making it to the end of your iSchool journey! This blog post will go over the steps necessary to make sure you’re all set for graduation.

Degree Conferral – Required

First, make sure your name is added to the degree conferral list. This step is essential to make sure you graduate and is due March 31 for May conferral! From Self-Service, select “Graduation” and then click “Apply to Graduate.” From here, you will follow the prompts until you can hit “Submit Request.” To make sure that you have done this successfully, go back to the “Graduation” page and select “View Active Graduation Applications.”

Near the end of the semester, you will receive an email from Peggy Ames, which will tell you if you have completed degree requirements, if you’re on track, or if you still have items missing for graduation.

The Office of the Registrar will email you on April 22 and May 6 with information about Diploma mailing.

After June 15th, your degree conferral information will be on your transcripts and you can then order copies of your final transcript. If you need verification of your degree before this, not to worry! You can contact Penny Ames and give her details of what you need.

If you are planning to continue your education at the iSchool, you can find more information here.

University Commencement – Optional

This campus-wide ceremony confers degrees to every Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and Professional candidate. With the sheer number of people of graduating, you will not be individually recognized, but will stand as a group at your seats to be recognized. This is completely optional for iSchool graduates.

This year, Commencement is Saturday May 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. Here are all official details. If you want to participate, register for the ceremony by April 24 and order academic attire (same as the attire for the iSchool Convocation) by April 11. You can pick up your tickets for guests at the Illini Union Event Services Window starting on February 27. You must pick up and return your academic attire at the ARC gym 1 p.m. at the times listed at this link.

On the day of Commencement, MS and Advanced Certificate candidates should report to Memorial Stadium by 9 a.m. and Doctoral candidates to ARC gym by 8:30 am. They ask that you don’t bring anything with you, as you cannot carry anything during the procession and there is not a secure place to leave it. If it rains, you will get a poncho to wear over your attire since you cannot bring umbrellas.

MS and Advanced Certificate candidates will sit as one group, while Doctoral candidates will sit as another. Everyone should wear their hoods into Memorial Stadium. You will rise as a group as the the President confers the degrees.

Additional information for students can be found here.

iSchool Convocation – Optional

Information Science Banner

This is our convocation specifically for the iSchool, where you will be individually recognized! This year, it will be held on May 12 at 4:30 pm in Foellinger Auditorium. This ceremony is also optional!

Register for the ceremony here by April 24 and order your academic attire by April 11 (if you already have attire for the Commencement ceremony, you don’t need to place another order). Pick up your tickets in Room 112 of the iSchool from April 1-29. You are allowed 5 tickets – contact Christine Hopper by April 29 if you want to request additional tickets. You must pick up and return your academic attire at the ARC Gym 1 at the times listed at this link.

On the day of Convocation, arrive at the Foreign Languages Building (707 South Matthews Avenue, Urbana) by 3:30 p.m.. Wear your academic attire, and note that there is no place to store personal belongings. Check-in and line-up starts at 3 p.m., and you will receive a card with your name and pronunciation, if you provided this when you registered, which you will hand to the reader before you cross the stage. Staff will let you know where you should line up in alphabetical order.

If you have a disability and require special assistance, email Christine Hopper or call (217) 244-5600 to make arrangements.

Parking information can be found here.

A photographer from GradImages® will take photos as you receive your diploma cover and proofs will be mailed to you if you grant permission when you register for the ceremony.

Afterwards, there will be a reception in the Charles & Millicent Marshall Library Gallery in the Main Library for graduates and guests.

Doctoral Hooding

Registration is open for the University’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, and you should have received an invitation to register! It will take place on Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. in Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The university-wide Commencement ceremony does not include doctoral hooding, but the iSchool convocation does. More information about the ceremony and registration can be found here!


The iSchool Help Desk wishes you the best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Information adapted from the iSchool Wiki and the official Commencement site.