Alumni Gmail

Alumni Gmail

Activate your Alumni Gmail

Step 1: Sign in to Wake Network

Use your student email account or personal Gmail

Step 2: Activate your Alumni Gmail in Wake Network

  1. Click the Settings tab
  2. Fill out required fields
  3. Click Activate. Done!

Note: It may take up to 15 minutes for your Alumni Account to activate.

Step 3: Sign in to your Alumni Gmail

Log in to Gmail using your full alumni email address (ex:

Forget your username or password? No problem! Easily access or reset through Gmail.  Still not sure?  Contact for help.



What is an Alumni Gmail account and why do I need it?

The Alumni Office and Information Services offer WFU Alumni Gmail accounts to all graduating students.  This Gmail account will be an actual account with access to Google Drive and all of Gmail’s standard functions. See additional information below about how to transfer everything from your existing student address to your new account (no, this does not happen automatically). When you create a WAKENetwork account, your username will be the beginning of your Alumni Gmail. Many people choose firstname.lastname as their username (#professional).

Your Alumni Gmail account will allow you to access important things (like tax forms and transcripts) after graduation when your student account expires. Trust us, just make it now.

How do I move my existing email messages to my new account?

We recommend the use of Google Takeout Transfer to facilitate this.

– It’s free
– You can transfer labels
– You can transfer all file sizes
– May take up to a week to complete the transfer

How do I transfer my contacts from my account?

Step One: Export your Gmail Contacts – When exporting contacts from your student Google account, be sure to use the Google CSV format. This makes it easy to import them into your Alumni account.

Step Two: Import your Gmail Contacts – Now you can use the CSV you have created to import your contacts into your Alumni Google account.

Can I share my Google Drive Files with my new account?

Yes! We know your files are important to you and you may want to access them after commencement. We recommend using Google Takeout to transfer your Drive files to your WFU Alumni Gmail Account.  You can also manually share and copy the files by following these steps:

  1. Select the files you want to share in your student account
  2. Right-click or use the “More” menu and select “Share”
  3. Share the files with your account
  4. Log into your account and open Google Drive
  5. Select all of the files you just shared, and right-click or use the “More” menu to select “Make a Copy”

**”Make a Copy” will create a copy of each of these documents that are now owned by your account.  If you do not Make a Copy, the file will be deleted from your account when your account is deactivated 60 days after Commencement.**

How long do I have to transfer my information to the new account?

Your current account will be deleted approximately 60 days after your graduation.

Is there a limit to how much data I can store in Google Drive on my new account?

Yes, you can store up to 50 GB of data in Google Drive.

Help! I can’t access my alumni account! Who should I contact?

We’re happy to help! Contact us at or 336.758.5264 any time.

Want to temporarily forward your student emails to a different account?

Click here for further instruction.