alumnus vs alumni : Common Errors in English

About alumnus vs alumni

We used to have “alumnus” (male singular), “alumni” (male plural), “alumna” (female singular) and “alumnae” (female plural); but the latter two are now popular only among older female graduates, with the first two terms becoming unisex. However, it is still important to distinguish between one alumnus and a stadium full of alumni. Never say, “I am an alumni” if you don’t want to cast discredit on your school. Many avoid the whole problem by resorting to the informal abbreviation “alum.”

alumnus Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)

alumni Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)

alumnus in News

  1. Director alumnus debuts TV pilot

    Rob Underhill was thrilled to see the premiere of his newest TV pilot The Agent at Zinda in downtown Raleigh Friday night. The Agent is among many directing credits for Underhill, an award winning filmmaker and N.C. State alumnus.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Technician

  2. Conejo Valley High graduation to feature millionaire alumnus

    An alumnus of Conejo Valley High School who went from gang member to self-made millionaire businessman and entrepreneur will be the commencement speaker Thursday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Ventura County Star

  3. Melting misconceptions — Award-winning polar bear researcher and UI alumnus to give global warming presentation

    Polar bears and melting arctic ice may have more in common with Idaho than people think. University of Idaho alumnus Steven C. Amstrup, chief scientist for Polar Bears International, will discuss climate change in the arctic ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Argonaut

alumni in News

  1. STOCKTON: Alumni photo event changed to June 22

    Due to the weather, the Stockton alumni photo shoot is being rescheduled to June 22, at 10:30 a.m.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Beacon

  2. SEPS alumni refinish gym floor

    Josh and Ben Altman, alumni of Sleepy Eye Public High School, spent several days recently refinishing the gym floor that they crossed many times as former students at SEPS.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

  3. Baylor Alumni Group Seeks To Dissolve

    Leaders of an independent alumni association for the world's largest Baptist university have voted to disband the group and turn over duties to the school.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CBS Dallas - Fort Worth

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