college-graduation-checklist1-300x257Congratulations to the MSU class of 2013! Now that graduation is over, it’s easy to let things slip your mind.  Here’s the sequel to the blog entry Graduation Checklist for International Students to help prepare you for departure.

If you plan to remain in the U.S. and seek employment, make sure you have applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT) OISS stays open throughout the summer with their regular walk-in hours (except for Wednesdays). They are from 1-3 p.m. in Room 105 of the International Center.

Complete Destination Survey

  • MSU requests that all graduating students take the Destination Survey in order to provide department career coordinators with access to data regarding career placement. Taking it will help supply MSU with statistics regarding how well students are obtaining employment.

Leave a forwarding address with the campus mail center, alumni center, and a local post office.

  • If you aren’t sure where you’ll be during or after the summer, have your mail forwarded to an address where you know your private information will be safe. The sooner these arrangements are made, the better. 

Get contact information for your references

  • It’s likely that you’ll need professional and academic references for multiple purposes once you graduate. Be sure to coordinate with the individuals that you’ve selected as your references before you leave so that you have their contact information, you have knowledge of their availability, and that they’re aware you may be providing their name and contact information.

Pay off any holds or fines (library,parking, etc.)

  • Various holds and fines on your student account can keep you from officially graduating from MSU. Make sure to get these taken care of as soon as you can.

Request a few copies of your official transcript

  • This will save you the trouble of having to worry about it later (when you may need it quickly!). Official transcripts are necessary for applying to academic programs as well as some jobs.

Call and cancel all of your accounts and subscriptions including:

  • Cell phone
  • Electric/water
  • Cable TV
  • Internet
  • Car Insurance
  • Newspapers/Magazines

Contact shipping or storage companies to ship/store your personal items

Make arrangements with your bank to close your account(s).

Dena ElianDena Elian is an International Relations Senior at MSU’s James Madison College who will be graduating on Saturday. Currently, she is the Experiential Learning Intern at OISS, but will sadly be leaving once the semester ends. She is grateful for being given the incredible opportunity to be a part of the OISS this year.