Alumni and Emeriti

Western Michigan University has a very handy reference guide on distinguishing the various forms of Alumni and Emeriti.

Term Description/Definition Example
Alumna

Singular female i.e. a female graduate or former student of a particular school, college, or university.

 

Jane is an alumna.
Alumnus Singular male i.e. a male graduate or former student of a particular school, college, or university. John is an alumnus.
Alumnae Plural female i.e. female graduates or former student of a particular school, college, or university.

Jane and Mary are alumnae.

 

Alumni Plural male and plural when both men and women are included. John, Jane and Mary are alumni.
Emerita

Singular female i.e. a female professor having retired but allowed to retain her title as an honor.

 

Jane is an emerita.
Emeritus Singular male i.e. a male professor having retired but allowed to retain her title as an honor. John is an emeritus.
Emeritae

Plural female i.e. female professors having retired but allowed to retain their title as an honor

 

Jane and Mary are emeritae.
Emeriti Plural male and plural when both men and women are included. John, Jane and Mary are emeriti.

 

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