Frequently Asked Questions for New Graduates

Congratulations, new graduates, and welcome to the Alumni Association! As a new Illinois State graduate, you are automatically a member of the Illinois State University Alumni Association, which is more than 177,000 alumni strong.

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas are generated by the University Registrar' s office. They are mailed two to three months after graduation. When you get that diploma, think about getting a really nice diploma frame for it from the Alumni Merchandise collection!

Diploma covers are handed out at commencement ceremonies. If you did not attend commencement, and would like a diploma cover, you may contact the Evaluation Services office at (309) 438-2282. Additional information about replacement diplomas, and name changes is available on the Registrar' s Web site.

Now that I've graduated, I don't have student health insurance anymore, and since I'm over 21 and out of school my parents say I can't be on their policies either. I don't have a new job yet. Can the Alumni Association help?

Yes, the Alumni Association sponsors a variety of insurance products that can assist alumni throughout their lifetimes, including medical, life, and long term care products. Of special interest to new graduates is the Grad Med® -bridge medical-program, short-term health insurance to tide you over until you get employer-provided insurance.

One of my friends got that cool university seal key chain from the Alumni office, but I didn't. How can I get one?

The Alumni Association and the Illinois State University Foundation present the key chains as welcome gifts to new graduates. They are distributed at each semester' s Grad Finale. If you missed getting yours, please e-mail us at

If you received one but it has been lost or broken, replacements are available through Alumni Relations. Please email or call (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478 to order your replacement.

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University Advancement
Campus Box 3200
Normal, Il 61790-3200
Phone: 309-438-7681