Alumnus, Alumna, Alumni

The words alumnus, alumna and alumni are often confused.

A male graduate is an alumnUS, a female graduate is an alumnA. Alumni is the plural of alumnus and means male graduates or a mixture of both male and female graduates. Alumnae is the plural of alumna and means female graduates. Examples:

  • My father is an alumnus of UCLA.
  • My mother is an alumna of UCLA.
  • My parents are alumni of the same school.
  • My sisters are both alumnae of Atherton high school.


-us is usually an ending of masculine names and words, such as Cassius, Jesus and alumnus; -a is usually an ending of feminine names and words, such as alma, Anna, Sophia, alumna, etc.

Source: Reader’s Digest Family Word Finder

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