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