Information Technology 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

Your Pitt student account will transition to an Alumni account after you graduate. The transition to an Alumni account will provide you with access to  a number of important University services that you may continue to use after graduation. These include access to My Pitt Email and registrar services including grades, class schedules, and transcripts; access to Wireless PittNet while on campus; and assistance from the Technology Help Desk.

✓ My Pitt Email

If you are a student who will graduate in April 2015 or at a later date, you will retain access to your My Pitt Email mailbox after you graduate, and you can keep your My Pitt Email mailbox as long as you like. You can continue to send and receive email messages at You will also be able to send and receive email messages using any email aliases that you created while you were a student.

✓ Have files on Pitt's Cloud Storage?

Be sure to transfer any files that you have in your Pitt cloud storage accounts (Box or Microsoft OneDrive) to a personal account. It's easy to do.

  • Box: Go to 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. Alternatively, you can move all files into one folder and transfer ownership of that folder to a personal Box account.

  • Microsoft OneDrive: If you don’t already have a personal Microsoft Live account go to and create a new account (be sure to use an email address different than your Pitt email address).  Download the files from your Pitt OneDrive account to your computer, and then upload them to your new personal OneDrive account.  Current pricing for personal accounts offer 5GB of storage for free and 50GB for just $1.99 per month (pricing subject to change).

✓ Most software you obtained as a student will expire, but you may keep Office 2016.

Keep in mind that most of the software titles that you obtained as a Pitt student will expire upon graduation. Students may download one copy of Office 2016 from and keep it as long as they like. This process will require the student to first uninstall Office 365 from their device, if applicable.

Visit the Software for Students page for specific details on each program.

 ✓ Get help if you need it

The Technology Help Desk is open 24 x 7 for students and is also available to assist alumni who have graduated in spring 2015 or later. Call 412-624-HELP [4357], submit a request online, or use the link on this page to chat online with a help specialist.

✓ Follow these good computing practices

  • Use anti-virus and anti-malware software on all of your computers. Symantec EndPoint Protection and Malwarebytes – download both from My Pitt!
  • Protect your laptops. If you haven't already done so, be sure to install Computrace LoJack before you leave Pitt.
  • 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 of unusual emails and other social engineering attempts. Review our Safe Computing tips.

✓ Prepare to enter the workforce - helpful playlist at

Be sure to view this playlist that covers some frequently viewed courses by university students preparing to enter the workforce.

✓ Remember to keep in touch!

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

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