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Service Information for Graduating Students

Overview

The page lists information for graduating students about forwarding and saving your @Stanford email, as well as disconnecting in-room network connections and optional services such as Cable TV.

Stanford SUNet IDs

When you started at Stanford you received a SUNet ID account to gain access to @Stanford email and other online services. Your access to most services will end after you graduate, at the expiration of a 120 day grace period.

See the Closing your SUNet ID Account web page for details.

Update your email

Set up a permanent email address

120 days after you graduate, your account will change to a base level account. This base level account is good for five years, giving you access to your transcripts and other online information, but not to @stanford.edu email.

The Stanford Alumni Association provides free and permanent email accounts to graduating seniors or students who have spent three quarters or more in a degree-granting program. You do not need to be an alumni association member to get a free alumni email account. You select your name@alumni.stanford.edu username at sign up. It is a professional, Stanford-branded email address that stays with you for life. You can use it on your resume and as the permanent address where you forward your @Stanford email at graduation.

If you create your alumni account prior to the end of the 120 day grace period, new email sent to your @stanford.edu address after it closes will automatically forward to your @alumni.stanford.edu address for two years. We recommend that you use your alumni email address with friends because this address is permanent.

To learn more and sign up, visit the Stanford Alumni Email Account web page.

Transfer or forward your email

  • Forward your @stanford.edu email to another permanent email address (e.g., a Stanford Alumni, Yahoo!, or Hotmail account).
    1. Log into StanfordYou, and select Change settings for account.
    2. In the Forward email to another address section, click Change.
    3. Enter the email address(es) to which you want your @stanford.edu mail forwarded. Forwarding will end at the same time your email service ends, unless you create an alumni account prior to the end of the 120 day grace period. 
  • Set an autoreply message to inform senders of your new email address.
    1. Log into StanfordYou, and select Change settings for account.
    2. In the Vacation autoreply section, click Change.
    3. Set the autoreply status to ON, and write a message that includes your new email address. You do not need to set an expiration date, as the autoreply will end at the same time your email service ends.
  • Save your stored email
    • If you use POP, your email is already saved on your computer; no further action is required.
    • If you use IMAP, be sure that your email and attachments are cached on your machine. To check this, set your email client to work offline and then make sure you can still get to all your email and attachments. If you can't see your messages and attachments offline, refer to your email program's documentation for how to change the caching setting.
    • If you use POP to your AFS space (mutt or Alpine), your email is stored in the /Mail folder there. Use Stanford Desktop Tools to mount your home folder, then either use a desktop email client (e.g., mail.app or Outlook) to import the email from the /Mail folder, or just copy the files to your local computer's hard drive.
    • If you use Webmail, you will have to install a desktop client (e.g., mail.app or Outlook) and use POP to download all your email to your local computer's hard drive.

Move your files from your AFS space

Use Stanford Desktop Tools to mount your home folder, and copy the files from your home folder to your hard drive. If you don't have Stanford Desktop Tools installed, use SFTP to transfer the files.

Close your web site

If you've put a personal web site at your www.stanford.edu/~sunetid address, you may want to use the grace period to redirect people to another web site. You can do this just by placing a link to your new site on your Stanford site's home page, or by using this <head> tag:

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5;URL=www.mynewsite.com">

This will cause most browsers to automatically display the specified URL after a delay of 5 seconds (or any number of seconds you specify).

Your website files are stored in the /WWW folder of your AFS home folder. Use Stanford Desktop Tools to Mount Home Folder, and copy the files from your home folder to your hard drive. If you don't have Stanford Desktop Tools installed, use SFTP to transfer the files.

If you have questions, please submit a HelpSU help request.

Disconnect your in-room network connection

Remember to disconnect your in-room network connection. Visit the Residential Computing web site, and under In-Room Network Connections, look for the disconnect link under the Registration section. While it may take a day or two for your RCC to process your disconnect request, it could be processed more quickly, so we recommend that this be the last thing you do before you are ready to pack up your computer and move out.

Disconnect your optional cable TV subscription services

Lastly, don't forget to cancel your optional cable TV subscription service (if you have one) in Axess. Instructions can be found on the Student Telephone and Cable TV Services page.

Last modified October 10, 2013