This session focuses on the different parts that make up who you are. You are a college graduate, of course. You might also be a brother or sister, an athlete or a volunteer. Now that you’ve graduated, you’re also a member of the alumni community—so you can add ‘alum’ to your list of identities too. It’s more than somewhere you went to university or college. It’s part of who you are.
Why is your alumni identity important? Research on alumni role identity suggests that the more that you internalize your identity as an alum, the more likely you are to be engaged in activities that involve your university—that includes building your career, volunteering with your university after graduation, and even collaborating with other alumni to engage in service in your community.