Am I an Alumna or an Alumnus?
"'Alumnus' when there's one of us, 'Alumni' when there's more. To pluralize I wonder why they subtract 'us' and add an 'i'? Seems perfectly ridiculous, Or is that ridiculi?" – Anonymous.
Alum, alumni, alumna, alumnus, alumnae. Everyone has their own variation when referring to college grads and we are here to assist in selecting the exact conjugation you should use at the perfect opportunity.
Typically, when talking about alumni, people refer to them as "alum." Although socially acceptable, this slang term is not grammatically correct. The word "alum" lumps all of the following conjugations of alumnus into one, quick phrase describing your fellow alumni. Read more or download our quick reference guide PDF to sound more intellectual and knowledgeable about your UHCL Alumni Association.
An "alumnus" is one male graduate from a particular school, college or university. Therefore, when referring to yourself, of course if you are a male, you would say that you are a UHCL alumnus.
"Alumni" are a group of people, consisting of both genders, even if only one male is present, that have graduated from a particular school, college or university. That is why you are part of the UHCL Alumni Association. If UHCL happened to be a university for women only, we would be the UHCL Alumnae Association.
An "alumna" is one female graduate from a particular school, college or university. When you hear our Director of Alumni and Community Relations Charity Ellis introduce herself, she proudly announces that she is a UHCL alumna, class of 2002.
"Alumnae" are a group of females that have graduated from a particular school, college or university. Typically, when working the bag check booth at commencement, we see and talk to quite a few new alumnae as they check their handbags and accessories.
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