Technology Transition Guide for Graduating Students

Congratulations, Seniors! 

Soon you’ll be graduating from CSU Channel Islands 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. 

Your Dolphin account & access to campus services

Your Dolphin 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 University services that you may continue to use after graduation.

After you graduate, you can continue to access your Dolphin account and various campus services via myCI to view grades, request transcripts and access your Dolphin Email. If you forget your Dolphin Password, use the Forgot Password service. Please note that in order to keep your account active, it will be required for you to reset your Dolphin Password once every 200 days, just as was done while attending CSUCI. If your account becomes disabled, please submit an ITS ticket for assistance.

Enhanced services are available through paid membership in the CSUCI Alumni & Friends Association (A&FA). As a member of the Alumni & Friends Association, you will receive many benefits including career services, discounts, social events, and connection to University friends. Become a member to take advantage of all of the great benefits! Visit the A&FA Membership page for details on how to join and member benefits.  

Dolphin Email (powered by Google GMail)

You will retain access to your Dolphin Email mailbox after you graduate. This means you can continue to send and receive email messages at your email address

CI Keys

Upon graduation you have the option to backup your CI Keys account, or, through a special partnership with our hosting provider Reclaim Hosting, you are eligible to have your domain and content automatically migrated to a premium hosting account at Reclaim Hosting for just $30/year. You can access both of these options by logging into and then clicking “Manage Your Account” at the top of the screen and then selecting “Migration Information.”

If you choose not to move to premium hosting through Reclaim Hosting, you will need to export any Wordpress web sites that you’ve developed using CI Keys. Learn how to export your Wordpress site. Then you can easily import your content into or your own Wordpress site. Since CI Keys has many features (including mySQL databases and much more), you are responsible for backing up or exporting any additional content that you may have created in CI Keys. 

Most software you obtained as a student will expire

Keep in mind that most of the software titles that you obtained as a CSUCI student will expire upon graduation, so you may need to obtain new licenses for products such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud. Before you graduate, visit the OnTheHub web store to browse for and purchase software for personal use.  

Have files on CSUCI’s cloud storage (CI Docs/Google Drive or OneDrive)?

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

Google Drive: go to and create a personal account (be sure to use an email address different than your email address). Visit for instructions on how to export all of your files to your computer or to another Google account using

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 email address). Download the files from your CSUCI 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).

Dolphin Files: you will need to download your Dolphin Files to your local computer or a USB drive, and alternatively upload them to your personal Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive account. 

Follow these good computing practices

Use antivirus and anti-malware software on all of your computers. Antivirus (such as Symantec Endpoint Protection) and Anti-Malware (such as Malwarebytes) are suggested. 

Use strong passwords that are hard to guess, but easy to remember, and contain at least eight characters combining uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Be sure to use different passwords for each of your online accounts including email, social media, and your bank account. Also consider a using service to manage your passwords, such as LastPass or Dashlane, that won’t expire once you leave the University.

Be sure you have the most recent versions of any software installed on your computer or devices. Staying current with updates ensures that you’ll have the latest security patches and code fixes to resolve potential problems.

Beware of phishing emails, along with other scams and malware. Review our Safe Computing tips.

Get the skills you need

Be sure to view this LinkedIn Learning learning path for those preparing to enter the workforce before you graduate; it covers a range of useful courses by CSUCI students. 

While LinkedIn Learning isn’t currently available to CSUCI alumni, you may be able to access LinkedIn Learning (formerly through your local library (for example, Camarillo Library offers access to for local residents).

Remember to keep in touch!

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

  1. First, submit your Address Change using the Alumni & Friends Association Contact Update Form online

  2. Next, update your contact information in CI Records (instructions are here in PDF format)

    1. Note for student employees: If you’re a student employee, you will also need fill out, print, sign  and submit the following 2 forms to Human Resources: Student Payroll Action Request Form (SPAR) and Personal Data Form. Please visit the Human Resources Student Employment page to download both forms. 

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Update your LinkedIn profile; it’s a great way to create your digital brand and connect with others. Watch this video on LinkedIn Learning for how to make the most of your profile

Find and connect with your faculty and friends on LinkedIn. Visit CSUCI’s LinkedIn page to connect with other alumni on LinkedIn

Get help if you need it

If you need help with your Dolphin account, myCI access or any other alumni services, please, submit a service request online, or call the Solution Center at 805-437-8552.  


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