How to be an alum

how to be an alum

Yes, that’s alumni as a verb. Because being a CCAD alum isn’t just something you are, it’s something you do. After all, you’ve earned this. Dedicating years of your life here has made you a family member for life. Welcome, and congratulations!

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Update & Share

There are two CCAD departments you probably haven’t thought a lot about: Marketing & Communications and Alumni Relations. Both work really hard to tell alumni like you about cool events happening on and off campus, as well as share updates on ground other alumni are breaking.

If we send all that info (or interview requests when we want to promote the cool stuff you’re doing after graduation) to your CCAD email, chances are, you won’t see it. That’s a bummer.

Go to ccad.edu/updateinfo and tell us a non-CCAD-email-way to contact you. Alumni Relations will start sending you curated information, events, and career info we think you’d like to know.

As for our Marketing & Communications team, they’re excited to share your future stories with the public and news media. It’s good for you and it’s good for CCAD. They’ll find every possible way to celebrate you and lift up your news of gallery openings, professional honors, or whatever amazing thing is on your professional horizon.

They won’t give your email address away or ask you to undervalue your work. And you can read your story before they share it anywhere. Bookmark this story form now: ccad.edu/shareyourstory and whenever you’ve got news—big or small—give the CCAD Marketing team a ring. (And by ring, we mean just fill out that form.)

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Network

Like these pages on Facebook now: /CCADedu; /CCADAlumni; /CCADArchives. Then follow these hashtags on Instagram: #ccadalumni, #ccadalumniworkinthecoolestplaces. This will link you to the incredible network of graduates who came before you. They can put you in touch with ideas, inspiration, resources, potential clients, future employers, or just a cup of coffee and some solid creative career advice. Don’t be shy sharing on those pages or with those hashtags either. We want to see the amazing things you do after you get your diploma—and after you nap for, like, a week.

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Show your CCAD Pride

As you hit the ground running after graduation, you’ll get noticed, talk to interesting people, and network all over the world. Show your pride as you do all of the above by putting your new CCAD graduate credentials in your bios, news features, and LinkedIn profiles. And don’t forget to wear CCAD alumni swag and rock the pins, buttons, and tees you’ve collected over the years. Need something new? Go to Ampersand Emporium in person or online (shopccad.org) before heading out as a professional artist or designer. Then wear that stuff all the time. Someone will notice; you’ll be surprised by how many CCAD connections are out there, whether you’re in Columbus or beyond. Plus, as an alum, you’ll be our biggest ambassador for future students and people in the community. Continue to talk about the great work happening at your alma mater wherever you go.

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Participate in the future

Show your support for CCAD in other ways, too. Volunteer your time at events. Sell your work in Ampersand (ccad.edu/sellyourwork). Nominate fellow alumni for awards. Share a story from a CCAD social media page. Attend a future Art Fair or Beeler Gallery artist lecture series. We also host a lot of alumni networking events throughout the year. During many of them, we need talented graduates like you to lend their expertise to current students’ work. Maybe you remember an alum helping you with your portfolio, hooking you up with an internship, or offering an idea that influenced an assignment you were working on. Keep up to date on all things alumni here: ccad.edu/alumni.

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Stay in touch

Listen up, because we really mean this: We’re so proud of you. You worked so hard, and we enjoyed watching you grow as a thinker, as a maker, and as a human. As you’ve learned throughout your time here, the CCAD community is super close-knit, and that doesn’t just go away once you punch your senior card. We care for you as a graduate as much as we cared for you when you were a student. President Melanie Corn is available to you, as is our Career Services office and job/freelance search database (ccad-csm.symplicity.com/), and Alumni Relations is here to help with whatever you need. Don’t hesitate to reach out to alumni@ccad.edu. Your favorite professor would love to hear from you at some point in the future, too. Remember how you needed reminders to “Call Mom” in college? Consider that reminder now to be “Call your CCAD family.” We miss you already.

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Pay it forward

Your education was positively affected by the philanthropy of generous donors, including many graduates who came before you. Alumni participation in giving back to the college is a vote of confidence for CCAD that has an important ripple effect: It inspires the community and companies to get involved as well. Giving also increases the value of your degree. By attracting the best young talent—whether through scholarships or state-of-theart resources and labs funded by gifts like yours—CCAD will only strengthen its legacy of putting artists and designers out in the world who are ready to catalyze innovation and social change. That’s an alma mater you can be proud of.

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